Djokovic through to face Isner in Miami semis

Thu Apr 2, 2015 11:17pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic recovered from another slow start to beat Spain's David Ferrer 7-5 7-5 and move into the last four of the Miami Open, where he will face big-hitting American John Isner.

Djokovic trailed 4-1 in the first set but then started playing with more controlled aggression and won six of the next seven games to take the set.

The Serb opened up a 3-1 lead in the second but Ferrer, playing on his 33rd birthday, stuck to his task and broke Djokovic when he was serving for the match at 5-4.

However, the top seed broke straight back to give himself another chance to wrap up the contest, which this time he made sure of.

"I had to earn my points. I had to fight for everything that I got on the court because he wasn't going to give it to me," said Djokovic, who expected a close battle with Isner.

"John is probably the best server we have in the game currently. At his height he can hit any angle he wants with that serve. He is obviously very confident playing here. He played great against (Kei) Nishikori today."

The six feet 10 inches (2.08 metres) tall Isner delighted home fans when he blasted his way to a 6-4 6-3 win over Japan's fourth-seed Nishikori.

Isner never faced a break point during a dominant display where he held a 33-5 edge in winners and blasted 13 aces past his fourth-seeded opponent, including a rocket to close out the one-sided contest in a shockingly quick 70 minutes.   Continued...

Apr 2, 2015; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Novak Djokovic hits a backhand against David Ferrer (not pictured) in a men's singles quarter-final on day eleven of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Djokovic won 7-5, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports