Following a much better second match in Miami, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is through to the fourth round of tournament, where he will encounter Alexandr Dolgopolov, whom he has not faced in nearly two years. Djokovic remains undefeated in the rivalry, and leads 3-0 in the head-to-head series.
The tournament’s top seed only needed two sets to reach the fourth round in Miami, as he defeated Steve Darcis in relatively straightforward fashion, prevailing 6-0, 7-5. He will now continue his campaign to reach his sixth title at this tournament. As the defending champion, the odds are in his favour.
“I know his game pretty well,” Djokovic said of his next opponent. “I know what to expect. Hopefully I’ll be able to start as well as I did in the first two matches, but then end it in a bit different way [and] keep the concentration going all the way through.”
“I was handling it really good for first 30 minutes, then [I] started to make some unforced errors and started to play a little bit more neutral, a little bit slower, and he got into the match. [I] complicated my own life in the second set, but in the end of the day, it’s a win.”
Alexandr Dolgopolov defeated Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets to advance to the fourth round. He withstood seven aces, won 81% of his first service points and converted two break points to win the match 7-5,6-3 in one hour and 27 minutes of court time.
This is set to be the fourth time that Djokovic and Dolgopolov cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with the Serbian star leading the series with an unblemished 3-0 record. This is their first meeting in almost two years but that will hardly change the outcome of the encounter.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets