ATP Miami: Novak Djokovic downs Bernard Tomic to kick off title bid

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ATP Miami: Novak Djokovic downs Bernard Tomic to kick off title bid

The world no. 1 and the six-time Miami champion Novak Djokovic has scored the 43rd victory in 49 matches at the second Masters 1000 event of the season, defeating Bernard Tomic 7-6, 6-2 in swift 73 minutes. Novak has notched the sixth win over the Aussie in as many matches and the 334th at Masters 1000 level overall, overcoming a slower start to pick up the form and bring the clash home safely.

The Serb fired 11 aces and lost 15 points in ten service games, losing serve once from the only break chance he offered to Tomic and presenting three efficient return games to overpower the opponent and set the third round meeting with Federico Delbonis.

They both finished the match with 23 winners although Tomic would always be the one with more errors, counting to 32 while Djokovic stayed on just 14. Nothing could separate them in the shortest points up to four strokes and Novak forged the advantage in the mid-range and more extended rallies, taking 28 out of 42 of those after his groundstrokes excelled Tomic's.

Djokovic took a nasty fall in the fourth game and that distracted him a little bit, getting broken at love in the very next game when Tomic landed a forehand return winner. Instead of cementing the break, the Aussie squandered three game points and netted a backhand to bring Novak back to 3-3 and miss a chance to put more pressure on the top favorite for the title.

Nothing could separate them in the remaining six games and the tie break became inevitable, with Djokovic who won all points on serve and grabbed two mini-breaks for a 7-2 after 47 minutes. There was only one winner from that moment on and Novak did everything right in set number two, losing seven points in four service games and breaking Tomic at 15 in the first game following a loose forehand from the Aussie.

Serving at 2-4, Bernard suffered another break and Novak blasted three winners in game eight to complete the night action in Miami and make an encouraging start after an unexpected loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells.