After failing to secure a record sixth Indian Wells title, Novak Djokovic will be eager to bounce back and break the record at the Miami Open instead. The Serbian is currently on six men’s singles titles here, matching that of Andre Agassi. He begins his hunt for a seventh against Bernard Tomic, who is currently just outside the top 80. Djokovic has dropped just one set in five victories over the Australian, dating back to Wimbledon 2011. Check out the Djokovic vs Tomic H2H stats.
After just over a year outside the top 100, Tomic finally found himself back inside it after winning Chengdu last September. The Aussie’s ups are far less frequent than his downs but the attention appears to be dying down, especially with Nick Kyrgios on the scene. Tomic won easily in round one to earn his place against Djokovic, beating Thiago Monteiro in straight sets.
Djokovic suffered a rare loss at Indian Wells, losing in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber. He was surprisingly poor against the German but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about long term. “I wasn’t feeling — I wasn’t playing well. One of those days. I congratulate him for, you know, playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.” he said of the German afterwards. Djokovic has now won just one of his last five tournaments, that being the Australian Open.
“I don’t expect anything. I’m just working to be the best version of myself on the court this year and trying to get to the level that I was at during the Australian Open, if I can do that, I have a chance to go far during this tournament.” Djokovic said pre-tournament. Having lost to Benoit Paire last year, he will be aware of the threat posed by an enigmatic underdog like Tomic. However, Djokovic is out of that rut now and is the clear favourite to win his record-breaking seventh title.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets