Paire Ousts Out-Of-Sorts Djokovic In Miami

Novak Djokovic out but Del Potro, Cilic move on in Miami

Novak Djokovic, a man synonymous for being the greatest hard-courter in the men's game-boasting 84% win-loss record on the surface, the highest of any man in tennis history-continued to whimper as he lost for just the second time in Miami in his last 32 matches there. But he was encouraged in Miami this week to find himself playing without pain for the first time "in years".

"I'm trying, but it's not working", Djokovic told the Miami Herald.

"I am not feeling great when I am playing this way". He's a nice guy, and we're missing him on tour. "I don't want to sit here and whine about my last couple of years", he added. Djokovic, seeded ninth this year, was victorious in 30 of his previous 31 matches in Miami.

Paire will go on to face another Serbian in Filip Krajinovic in round three after he beat Britain's Liam Broady 6-3, 6-2.

Paire's 6-3 6-4 victory over the former World #1 in just over an hour was solidified with little fuss.

The Belgian, who was making his return after injuring his eye at the Rotterdam Open in January, lost 6-0 6-1. Amanda Anisimova; Jelena Ostapenko bt Timea Babos 6-4, 6-4; Beatriz Haddad Maia bt Shuai Zhang 6-3, 6-2; Sofia Kenin bt Daria Kasatkina 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Petra Kvitova bt Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; Elina Svitolina bt Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-2; Venus Williams bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5, 6-4; Danielle Collins bt Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 1-6, 6-1; Donna Vekic bt Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1.

Denis Shapovalov continues to impress, the Canadian teenager needed just 72 minutes to beat world No 30 Damir Dzumhur 6-1 7-5 - and he will next face Sam Querrey who was a 7-6 6-1 victor over Radu Albot.

Two Canadians earned wins Friday.

Diego Schwartzman and Milos Raonic also moved on.

In Friday night action, third-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and fifth-seeded Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro both needed three sets to advance to the third round.

American Frances Tiafoe was two points from defeat but battled to to rally past British seed Kyle Edmund 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5).

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro is also through as the Indian Wells Masters victor overcame Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

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