Miami Open: Novak Djokovic powers into last 16

World number one Novak Djokovic breezed past Steve Darcis with a straight set victory to advance into the last 16 of the Miami Open.

Djokovic, who is the defending champion, defeated the Belgian with a 6-0, 7-5 victory, to stay on track in what appears to be a topsy-turvy tournament.

“The first set went completely my way, but I had a drop of intensity and didn’t use opportunities early in the second set, made it close,” Djokovic told Reuters.

“I managed to come back in the right moment. I elevated the intensity and started playing a little bit of depth on the ball. But I still complicated my life in the second set.

“At the end of the day, it’s a win.”

Djokovic will next face Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, who defeated Brazil’s Thomas Bellucci 7-5, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Japan’s world number 5 Kei Nishikori also eased to a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory over Serbia’s Victor Troicki; effectively booking his spot in the next round.

“I played good tennis today, almost perfect. I’m excited that I’m playing good here. Maybe he was hurting a little bit, but still I was giving him a lot of pressure with my return,” Nishikori said.

“It was a great match today. I felt great on the court, so very happy to win.”

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