Miami Masters: Djokovic, Serena, Osaka Through, Nishikori Stunned

Novak Djokovic put his Indian Wells disappointment behind him on Friday night at the ATP and WTA Miami Open with a ruthless 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 destruction of Australian Bernard Tomic to move into the third round.

The Serbian world No 1 endured a meek exit at the hands of German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the California desert but looks set to make amends and land what would be a record seventh title in South Florida.

He will play Federico Delbonis of Argentina for a place in the fourth round.

A stunned Kei Nishikori was sent packing from the Miami Open after the Japanese world No 6 suffered a 2-6 6-2 6-3 second-round loss to Serbian Dusan Lajovic.

Fifth-seed Nishikori had a first-round bye and appeared to be heading for a routine victory until Lajovic, who was misfiring in the early stages of the match, suddenly stepped up his game.

Next up for world number 44 Lajovic, who had lost in the first round of five tour-level events this season, will be a clash with either 27th seed Nick Kyrgios or qualifier Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.

In the women’s action, Serena Williams survived a second set lapse on Friday to see off Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in her second-round opener of the WTA and ATP Miami Open.

Williams, an eight time winner in Miami, was just relieved to make it through to the third round where she will meet China’s Wang Qiang who thrashed Britain’s Jo Konta, the 2017 Miami Open champion, 6-4 6-0.

The American great, 37, is still seeking a first title since the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia.

World No 1 Naomi Osaka endured a rollercoaster start to the event, advancing to the third round with a 6-0 6-7(3) 6-1 win over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

After a dramatic comeback win in her opening match, Canadian teen sensation Bianca Andreescu took a more confident step towards the ‘Sunshine Double’, disposing of American 22nd seed Sofia Kenin 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round.

The youngest player to win Indian Wells since Serena Williams in 1999, Andreescu is bidding to become just the fourth woman to win both there and Miami back-to-back in the same year.

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