The top three players in the world, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have all moved into the quarterfinals in Miami. Nadal needed just over an hour to dismiss Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2. Dolgopolov really started to make an impression on the ATP circuit against Nadal almost a year ago in Madrid where his unusual biomechanics and play caught the attention of fans around the world as Rafa schooled him on the finer points of clay court play.
Their match today was not dissimilar as Nadal handled his opponent with little issue, seemingly in a hurry to get off the court before the heavens opened. In the humid conditions the Spaniard was dripping with sweat and was keen to get off the court and back to his room where he uses his “magic bubble” (air purifying device) to help him recover quickly.
“It was very, very, very humid. That’s why I’m sweating a lot.”
Novak Djokovic was similarly untroubled. The Serb, who recently moved to number two in the rankings but is number one in the rankings in the year-t0-date calculations having so far remained unbeaten, was forced to overcome good friend Viktor Troicki for the third time this season.
Djokovic beat Troicki 6-3, 6-2 and takes a 21-0 record for the season into his quarterfinal match against Kevin Anderson who gave him a surprise beating back in 2008 in Miami. Novak is looking for revenge.
“It’s not a nice memory, definitely. But I will have an opportunity to get my revenge on the same court where I lost in 2008. He keeps on playing really well on these courts, and you’ve got to give him credit for that. He has beaten some very good players and has a big serve, very aggressive.”
Federer had an easy match against Olivier Rochus beating the diminutive Belgian 6-3, 6-1 in a match that didn’t start until after midnight.
Everything worked the way I wanted it or hoped it to work, because I’ve played tough matches against him. I should have lost maybe two out of those eight now we’ve played. So I knew the danger of Olivier, and we know each other so well. He can find a way into the match and then make you doubt and find your weakness and so forth.”
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Novak Djokovic V Kevin Anderson
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