Djokovic survives Miami scare; Murray claims 500th win
By Simon Evans
MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare from Alexandr Dolgopolov on Tuesday to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals while Andy Murray won the 500th match of his career to reach the last eight.
Djokovic was made to work for his 7-6(3) 7-5 6-0 win over world number 65 Dolgopolov.
After dropping the first set the top-seeded Serbian found himself in even deeper trouble by falling behind 4-1 in the second and facing the threat of an unexpected early exit.
But Djokovic dug deep to turn things around, breaking to get the set back on serve at 4-3 to the Ukrainian and then broke again for a 6-5 lead.
Having seen his chance of an upset slip through his hands, Dolgopolov faded quickly and badly dropped the third set where a dominant Djokovic won 24 of 27 points.
"I was literally a game or two from losing the match. I'm just happy to be able to bounce back," said Djokovic.
"These particular matches do help me in a certain way mentally to gain that confidence and self belief in a way that I never give up and battle till the last point, and it sends a message to the other players, as well," he added.
Djokovic, who is seeking a fifth title at Key Biscayne, will face Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarters. Continued...