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Novak Djokovic © Tennistalk.com
Miami
Quarter final
3/30/12 1 2 Tot
rs  Novak Djokovic 6 7 2
es  David Ferrer 2 6 0
David Ferrer © Tennistalk.com
  • Djokovic holds off Ferrer, earns semifinal slot

    3/30/12 4:11 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Novak Djokovic staved off a valiant effort from Spaniard David Ferrer to advance to the Miami semifinals on Friday.

    Serbia’s Novak Djokovic came out of the gates running in this quarterfinal match. For a set, Djokovic showed the shot-making brilliance that took him to No. 1 in the world. He blasted away from the baseline, keeping the fleet-of-foot Ferrer out of position and scrambling.

    Djokovic secured a break of serve early and then another to take a comfortable lead. The Serb’s comfort would not last long, however.

    Ferrer gradually found his way back into the match. Djokovic secured an early break of serve in the second set, but Ferrer dug deep with a fantastic effort to gain the break back. Mid-way through the set, with Djokovic looking winded and out of position himself, the Serb changed tactics. Djokovic hit up on the ball instead of feeding into Ferrer’s rhythm with hard, flat groundstrokes. The tactic worked. Ferrer donated a handful of errors to give Djokovic another break lead.

    The Serb earned himself the chance to serve out the match at 5-4, but Ferrer once again poured on the pressure and snagged another break. The Spaniard played well enough to force a tiebreaker, but Djokovic completely outplayed him, keeping Ferrer to just 1 point.

    Djokovic moves into the semifinals, where he will take on surprise semi-finalist Juan Monaco.


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Superb play by novak,

He played excellent completely outplayed David especially in tie break.

Definitely he will defend this title

anji123 , 3/30/12 5:42 AM


Nice all court tennis from the number one.

stratocast51 , 3/30/12 5:56 AM


They both played entirely from the baseline throughout the 2nd set, it was just ping pong all the way, each of them waiting for the other one to make a mistake. The first set was nice all court tennis and Djokovic was supreme in it, but the 2nd set was mediocre.

nadline , 3/30/12 11:14 AM


There is a case of a glass half full or half empty depending who the player is. In the 2nd set, Djokovic failed to serve for the match at 5>4 and was broken twice in the set although he went on to win the tie break convincingly. Had that been Rafa, no one would be saying he is a shoe in for the title.

nadline , 3/30/12 11:34 AM


Yeah, but nadline................no matter how many times Djoko gets broken more often than not, he finds a way to win!!! As much as I want to see Rafa win slams this year...............I cant see ANYONE bumping Novak off his #1 perch this year...............NO ONE!!!! The guys just DONT have what it takes..................it is completely depressing for me, but unfortunately it is just as simple as that!!!!

Rafa before his knee problems and Fed on a good day have their chances of course, but it is simply just not enough!!! Based on what ive seen so far..............Novak for another bumper year in 2012!!!!

Monalysa , 3/30/12 2:27 PM


I'm not saying Novak doesn't find a way to win all I'm saying is that the interpretation of the match by some makes it sound like he just swept Ferrer aside, which he did in the first set, but the 2nd set, not so.

nadline , 3/30/12 4:18 PM


From Tennis.com:

Miami: Djokovic d. Ferrer 03/29/2012 - 10:01 PM

After a 32-minute first set utterly dominated by Novak Djokovic, one might've expected David Ferrer to cry uncle, or el tio, the Spanish equivalent. But Ferrer, the little engine that could of men's tennis, turned a match that looked like a Djokovic steamroll into an absolute dogfight. The fifth-ranked Spaniard broke Djokovic twice in the second set, once when he was serving for the match, and if not for two crucial Ferrer mistakes in the tiebreaker, he might've pushed Djokovic to a third. Instead, the world No. 1 cruised through the breaker, 7-1, to capture the second set and the match, 6-2, 7-6 (1).

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/03/miami-djokovi c-d-ferrer.html

Both of them hardly left the baseline in the 2nd set, they both played very defensive tennis.

nadline , 3/30/12 4:31 PM


Strangely nobody noticed... In sec. set 5 times net changed the direction of ball...and all five times it was point for David...
Nole's first service% was much lower...he made three times more UE than in first set...
Ferrer game level was much higher... And result was what?
Set was competitive...nothing more...
AJDE NOLE!!!
... I must admit that Monaco worries me more than Andy or Rafa... Guy is simply unknown factor... Nole won over in past... but this is another Monaco.
I hope that I am worring about nothing :(

zare , 3/30/12 4:42 PM


zare..cant believe you worrying over Monaco..I think Nole streamrolls over him..I saw him on clay playng DC against Rafa and clay is his best surface and Rafa beat him like 2,2,0

Mona- Thats a sweeping way too optimistic assessment about Nole. What is your defn of bumper year for Nole? All 4 slams or min 2 and overall 7-8 titles/ I agree with you that knocking him off No 1 may be tough though but I think he surely winnng 3 slams this year is not locked.

sanju , 3/30/12 5:42 PM


Nadline,
I totally agree with you. The first set was exquisite, some nice, attractive points... The second was abysmal. From my POV, as a Nole fan, he played a level lower, looked tired, his serve was nowhere... David played better but all in all, the second set was forgettable comparing to the beautiful first one. I was sure the third would be played and was worried about the outcome so much so that I was glancing toward that sofa :)

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