Djokovic, Nishikori and Raonic reach last 16 in Miami

Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:29am EDT
 
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-0 7-5 on Monday to power into the last 16 of the Miami Open along with Japan's Kei Nishikori, Canada's Milos Raonic and American John Isner.

The Serbian world number one, who just like last year won at Indian Wells before heading to South Florida, will face Alexandr Dolgopolov, a 7-5 6-4 winner over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, in the fourth round.

Djokovic, who is seeking a fifth win at Miami, wrapped up a one-sided first set in 26 minutes but faced a sterner test in the second.

Darcis broke to go ahead 5-4 but after the Serb leveled up the set, he broke back and held on to secure the match.

"I managed to come back in the right moment," Djokovic said.

"I kind of elevated the intensity and started playing a little bit more with depth on the ball.

"He's got a lot of variety, especially from his backhand side.

"So I was handling it really good for first 30 minutes, then 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.   Continued...

 
Novak Djokovic hits a backhand against Steve Darcis (not pictured) on day eight of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Djokovic won 6-0, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports