Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:10pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1.

Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week's win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne, took care of the first set in just 22 minutes but was broken when serving for the match at 5-3 in the second.

Klizan went on to turn the set around in his favor and had the packed crowd sensing an upset, but Djokovic regrouped and romped home in the third set.

Djokovic will face Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis in the next round.

Japan's Kei Nishikori made a confident start to his Miami Open bid beating Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-1 in their second round meeting.

Nishikori, the fourth seed at Key Biscayne, won 70 percent of his service points and converted five of his 16 break chances.

"I felt really good on the court. Really confident," he said. "I was almost dictating the court against Misha, and serving well. Everything was good."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga enjoyed victory in his first match back from injury with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over American Tim Smyczek.   Continued...

Mar 28, 2015; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Kei Nishikori hits a forehand against Mikhail Youzhny (not pictured) on day six of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Nishikori won 6-2, 6-1. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports