Djokovic reaches Miami QFs
Key Biscayne, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals at the $4.7 million Sony Open, the second straight ATP Masters 1000 event.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 star got past 16th-seeded former top-10 performer Tommy Robredo, of Spain, 6-3, 7-5 in 82 minutes on the hardcourts at Crandon Park. Djokovic struck 19 winners, including five aces, and converted on both of his break-point opportunities Tuesday.
Djokovic, fresh off his Masters title at Indian Wells, was not broken in his sixth straight victory over Robredo and has now reached the quarters at the last eight Masters tournaments.
Last year's Miami runner-up David Ferrer will not return to the Sony Open final this year, as the fourth-seeded Spaniard gave way to 20th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori, 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 7-6 (11-9), in 3 hours, 5 minutes on Day 7. Nishikori prevailed despite being broken seven times, compared to five breaks by the Japanese star.
Ferrer lost to Andy Murray in last year's title tilt in south Florida.
The winner of this lucrative tournament will earn $787,000.
03/25 15:07:39 ET