Saturday 20 January 2018

Tennis: Djokovic sets up Haas date

Novak Djokovic remained on course for a third straight Sony Open title by despatching Somdev Devvarman in Miami to set up a fourth-round clash with veteran German Tommy Haas.

The 25-year-old Serbian, who started the year by retaining his Australian Open crown in Melbourne, was too strong for the Indian, who did not possess the tools to trouble the world No 1.

Djokovic broke in the opening game and again for 5-2 before claiming the opening set in blustery conditions on Stadium Court.

Devvarman refused to throw in the towel but he was powerless to prevent Djokovic from claiming a further break in the second set on his way to a 6-2 6-4 win in 69 minutes.

Haas, seeded 15, edged out Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-2 in round three. On the women's side, third seed Maria Sharapova ousted fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-2 – despite facing nine break points.

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Irish Independent

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