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Nadal Unable to Continue at the Sony Ericsson Open

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Nadal Unable to Continue at the Sony Ericsson Open



Rafael Nadal is recognized as the ultimate gladiator. For him to wake up this morning and conclude that his body would not cooperate with his wish to combat Andy Murray in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open must have been devastating.

Unfortunately, the world number two had to disappoint his legion of fans as a niggling left knee problem forced him to cease from taking court.

In facing the media, Nadal explained “since the beginning of the tournament, I have [had] problems. . . The thing is growing worse every day. After the last match, I saw that the situation was going to be complicated to play today. But, as always, I believe that things can improve”.
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Nadal and Djokovic Vying to Become One of the Last Two at Sony Ericsson Open

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Nadal and Djokovic Vying to Become One of the Last Two at Sony Ericsson Open



Once a ladies doubles semifinals concludes, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal will grace stadium court at the Sony Ericsson Open as each seeks to become a finalist.

The world number two and four have budded heads eighteen times previously with Nadal the winner on thirteen of those occasions. Murray is the 2009 champion in Miami while Nadal has been the runner-up three times including last year.
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Djokovic Sidesteps Ferrer to Advance to the Semifinal at the Sony Ericsson Open

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Djokovic Sidesteps Ferrer to Advance to the Semifinal at the Sony Ericsson Open



Initially, defending champion Novak Djokovic appeared on his way to a routine win over David Ferrer. However, against the never say die Spaniard, the proceedings got complicated in a hurry. Still, Djokovic vanquished Ferrer 6-2, 7-6 to clinch another semifinal appearance at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Despite Djokovic’s 7-5 record against his rival, the Serb is well aware that Ferrer is someone who never admits defeat until the hand shake at the net.

After securing a break in the opening set, Djokovic jumped to a 3-1 edge. On a double fault from Ferrer, a second break was gifted and swiftly Djokovic punctuated the set.
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Djokovic Battles for Semifinal Slot, Sharapova Seeks Another Final at Sony Ericsson Open

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Djokovic Battles for Semifinal Slot, Sharapova Seeks Another Final at Sony Ericsson Open



The first match on stadium court at the Sony Ericsson Open has world number two Maria Sharapova and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki fighting for a berth in the final.

After reaching her maiden semifinal in Miami, Wozniacki will attempt to advance to her initial final of the season. Subsequent to her enormous victory in the quarterfinals over Serena Williams, the 21 year old will not be deterred by the challenge.

A runner up three times including 2011, Sharapova has been to the final on every occasion that she’s progressed past the fourth round at this event. It’s the initial encounter between these two this year. Sharapova has a slim advantage in their head to head of 3-2.
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Djokovic Makes the Fourth Round at the Sony Ericsson Open

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Djokovic Makes the Fourth Round at the Sony Ericsson Open



Although defending champion Novak Djokovic won in straight sets, he had to work for it. Fellow compatriot Viktor Troicki gave the world number one a decent test. Still, Djokovic carried the match 6-3, 6-4 to earn a place in the round of 16.

Once Djokovic obtained the quick break for 2-0, there was a feeling that this session would be brief. Yet, Troicki wasted five break points which permitted his rival to consolidate for 3-0 in the initial set.

The one break deficit proved to be Troicki’s undoing in the first set.

In the second set, Djokovic again got up to an early break for 2-0. However, this time, Troicki capitalized on break point and went on to square the set at 2 all.
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Sharapova, Djokovic, Federer and Serena Take Stadium Court at Sony Ericsson Open

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Sharapova, Djokovic, Federer and Serena Take Stadium Court at Sony Ericsson Open



World number two Maria Sharapova opens up the proceedings on stadium court on Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open. Sharapova collides with countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova. Sharapova leads 3-0 in their head to head.

Following that is another fourth round match as Serena Williams clashes with Samantha Stosur. This will be their first encounter since Stosur surprised Williams in the final at the U.S. Open.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic looks to continue his campaign for a third Sony Ericsson title. With a 10-1 record, the world number one is the overwhelming favorite as he faces compatriot Viktor Troicki.

The evening session begins with Roger Federer duking it out with Andy Roddick for a spot in the fourth round. Federer is 21-2 versus his opponent. Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic close out the night as they tussle for a berth in the quarterfinals.

Also in action are Victoria Azarenka, Juan Martin Del Potro, Mardy Fish and Caroline Wozniacki.

Here is today’s complete order of play :

Monday, March 26, 2012

STADIUM Start 11:00 am

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v [2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] Samantha Stosur (AUS) v [10] Serena Williams (USA) WTA
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [27] Viktor Troicki (SRB) ATP
[11] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v [23] Marin Cilic (CRO) ATP

Starting at 7:30 PM
[3] Roger Federer (SUI) v [31] Andy Roddick (USA) ATP

Not Before 9:00 PM
[WC] Venus Williams (USA) v [15] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) WTA

GRANDSTAND Start 11:00 am

[28] Kevin Anderson (RSA) v [8] Mardy Fish (USA) ATP
[12] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v [20] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) ATP
[8] Na Li (CHN) v [12] Sabine Lisicki (GER) WTA

Not Before 4:30 PM
[1] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v [16] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) WTA
[21] Juan Monaco (ARG) v [14] Gael Monfils (FRA) ATP

COURT 1 Start 11:00 am

[17] Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Albert Ramos (ESP) ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v
Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Rafael Nadal (ESP) ATP
[30] Julien Benneteau (FRA) v [5] David Ferrer (ESP) ATP

Not Before 4:30 PM
[23] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) WTA
Colin Fleming (GBR)/Ross Hutchins (GBR) v
[7] Leander Paes (IND)/Radek Stepanek (CZE) ATP

COURT 2 Start 11:00 am

Vania King (USA)/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v
[7] Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) WTA

Not Before 12:00 PM
[22] Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v [7] Marion Bartoli (FRA) WTA
[WC] Garbine Muguruza Blanco (ESP) v [5] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) WTA
Vera Dushevina (RUS)/Shahar Peer (ISR) v
[WC] Gisela Dulko (ARG)/Paola Suarez (ARG) WTA

COURT 3 Start 12:00 noon

[WC] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)/Lucie Safarova (CZE)
vNuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)/Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) WTA
Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/Scott Lipsky (USA) ATP
Julia Goerges (GER)/Samantha Stosur (AUS) v
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) WTA

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Djokovic Dispatches Baghdatis at the Sony Ericsson Open

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Djokovic Dispatches Baghdatis at the Sony Ericsson Open



Defending Sony Ericsson Open champion Novak Djokovic faced off with Marcos Baghdatis in his first match in Miami and came away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The match proved to be a good first round test for Djokovic as Baghdatis held up through two competitive sets withholding the barrage of heavy ground strokes by the world number one. At one point in the second, Djokovic need 16 minutes just to win a single game point.

With the opening round victory, Djokovic erased the memories from 2008 when he lost in the first round while attempting to defend his Sony Ericsson Open title from 2007.

Djokovic will face fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki in the next round.

After the match Djokovic met with the media to breakdown his match. Here is what he had to say :

Q. I think by your reaction at the end there, that was quite a satisfying and hard bit of work out there. That was some match, wasn’t it?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it was. You know, I knew that it’s gonna be tough one with Marcos. He’s a quality player on any surface. So until the end, I knew I have to play each point in order to prevail this match. That game on 4‑3 went what, 10, 15 minutes and was, I think, a crucial one.

Q. 16 minutes.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: 16 minutes, yeah. Yeah, it’s good, you know. It’s the first match here in Miami. I had a tough loss in Indian Wells. Obviously I was working very hard these days to get ready for this tournament, so every win means to me a lot. So I’m really looking forward to the next match.
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Federer, Djokovic, Serena and Sharapova Highlight at Sony Ericsson Open

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Federer, Djokovic, Serena and Sharapova Highlight at Sony Ericsson Open


The order of play for Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open is stacked with marquee matches. Action gets under way with five-time Miami champion Serena Williams facing of with Roberta Vinci. Andy Roddick will also be in action taking on Gilles Muller. Roger Federer begins his campaign to add another Miami title to his resume when he takes on Ryan Harrison. Sharapova will round out the day matches on Stadium court in a match up with Sloane Stephens.

The Grandstand court will also feature premiere matches with the likes of David Ferrer, Kim Clijsters, Mardy Fish and Juan Martin Del Potro scheduled to play.

The night session is highlighted by 2011 Sony Ericsson Open champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic will play his first match in Miami against Marcos Baghdatis. The night session concludes with Samantha Stosur versus Chanelle Scheepers.

Here is today’s complete order of play :

Saturday, March 24, 2012

STADIUM Start 11:00 am
[21] Roberta Vinci (ITA) v [10] Serena Williams (USA) WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
Gilles Muller (LUX) v [31] Andy Roddick (USA) ATP
[3] Roger Federer (SUI) v [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) ATP
[Q] Sloane Stephens (USA) v [2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) WTA

Starting at 8:00 PM

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) ATP
[6] Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) WTA

GRANDSTAND Start 11:00 am

Bernard Tomic (AUS) v [5] David Ferrer (ESP) ATP
[Q] Sergei Bubka (UKR) v [14] Gael Monfils (FRA) ATP
Kim Clijsters (BEL) v [23] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) WTA
[Q] Frank Dancevic (CAN) v [8] Mardy Fish (USA) ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[11] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO) ATP

COURT 1 Start 11:00 am

[17] Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) ATP
[8] Na Li (CHN) v Iveta Benesova (CZE) WTA
[28] Kevin Anderson (RSA) v Sam Querrey (USA) ATP
[12] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v [Q] David Goffin (BEL) ATP

Not Before 6:00 PM
[29] Petra Cetkovska (CZE) v [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) WTA

COURT 2 Start 11:00 am

[17] Shuai Peng (CHN) v [12] Sabine Lisicki (GER) WTA
[Q] Bjorn Phau (GER) v [20] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) ATP
Albert Ramos (ESP) v [15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) ATP
[1] Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA)v
[WC] Paul Hanley (AUS)/Bernard Tomic (AUS) ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
Kevin Anderson (RSA)/Milos Raonic (CAN) v
[3] Michael Llodra (FRA)/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) ATP

COURT 3 Start 11:00 am

[21] Juan Monaco (ARG) v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) ATP
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) WTA
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) v [23] Marin Cilic (CRO) ATP
Eric Butorac (USA)/Bruno Soares (BRA) v
[2] Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Daniel Nestor (CAN) ATP

COURT 6 Start 11:00 am

[5] Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v
Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) ATP
[6] Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)/Jamie Murray (GBR) ATP
[Q] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v [27] Viktor Troicki (SRB) ATP
[8] Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)/Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
vVera Dushevina (RUS)/Shahar Peer (ISR) WTA

COURT 7 Start 11:00 am

[WC] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)/Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v
[7] Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) WTA
[30] Julien Benneteau (FRA) v Benjamin Becker (GER) ATP
Vania King (USA)/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)/Shuai Zhang (CHN) WTA
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Shuai Peng (CHN) v
[5] Maria Kirilenko (RUS)/Nadia Petrova (RUS) WTA

COURT 8 Start 11:00 am

Mona Barthel (GER) v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) WTA
[3] Sania Mirza (IND)/Elena Vesnina (RUS) v
[WC] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) WTA
Tomas Berdych (CZE)/Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) v
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/Scott Lipsky (USA) ATP
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)/Jie Zheng (CHN) v
Natalie Grandin (RSA)/Vladimira Uhlirova (CZE) WTA

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Novak Djokovic Answers to Press at Sony Ericsson Open

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Novak Djokovic Answers to Press at Sony Ericsson Open



Novak Djokovic begins his quest to defend his 2011 Sony Ericsson Open title when he takes to courts in Miami during Saturday’s night session. Today, Djokovic met with the press to answer questions about defending his title as well as the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London.

Here is what Djokovic had to say :

Q. How does it feel to be back at the Sony Ericsson this year?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it feels good. I have done well in Miami. This is actually the first big event that I won back in 2007. Had couple of great wins. You know, it was a big springboard for me, for my career. I think Miami is very entertaining city, very multi‑cultured, international. Can see a lot of people from different parts of the world coming here to support their tennis players. It’s always nice weather and there’s a lot to do, really. It’s a beautiful place that, you know, that can offer a lot of enjoyment.

Q. Talk about just your mindset when you come back to the tournament and are defending a title.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, I might defend the title in this tournament or any other tournament, but my mindset really does not work on that frequency. I’m really trying to fight for the title. I’m here to fight for it as any other player. I believe that every season is different, every year is different, every tournament, every week is different. So I’m trying to adjust to it. And the term “defending champion” is, to be honest, it sounds a little bit stagnated, sounds a little bit flat, like you’re waiting for something and not doing really anything. So I’d rather prefer to be in this group of players who is chasing the title, fighting for it, and not actual actually waiting for it to be handed to me.

Q. Obviously you’re hoping to play a lot of big matches this year. How much priority are you putting on the Olympics?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Olympics is right at the top of the priority list. So I’m really looking forward to that experience. Um, you know, Olympic Games are the most prestigious and the most important sports event, you know, in the history of the sport. You know, I had this privilege to be representing my country in 2008 Beijing Olympics where I’ve met a lot of world top athletes. For me, that was actually an incredible experience, and more than playing in the tournament (smiling). But still, again, I had great success. I won a medal, and it’s just the different experience from any other, really, because you’re representing, you know, Serbia, your country, and you’re sharing the rooms with different athletes. You’re being in the Olympic Village. Well, this time actually we will be closer to Wimbledon in one of the houses for tennis players, because it’s more convenient for us to be close to the courts.

Q. What do you think the Olympics at Wimbledon will be like?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, the first thing that comes on my mind is the color difference. So this is going to be interesting to see, because we all know that Wimbledon has a long tradition and history of all white on the court, dress code. But during the Olympics they allow to have the national colors, so we’ll see how that’s gonna look.

Q. Of all the milestones that you’ve had, especially in the last year, what is your most memorable moment on the court?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, Wimbledon has to stand out, because I always had a goal and dream to win Wimbledon and to become No. 1 in the world. I achieved that in one tournament.Yes, it was quite a remarkable experience, quite a remarkable achievement that I got to celebrate with my family, friends, and went back home to Serbia and had an incredible reception that I will never forget.

Q. Have you gotten the opportunity to go around the island of Key Biscayne when you are not on the court playing?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I have been staying the last couple of years in Ritz‑Carlton, in the hotel here in Key Biscayne. You know, most of my time that I’m spending I’m spending on the island. I like it very much. As I was saying before, the weather is great. We have the beach just in front of the hotel. You know, the courts are nearby. You don’t need to be stuck in the traffic. You don’t need to worry about that. Yeah, it’s very nice. It’s beautiful, you know. You can bike around; you can walk around; it’s very quiet and very private.

Q. How much are you enjoying playing for your national campaign, for your national colors, considering, like, in the Olympics you will be a month off of the ATP and everybody knows that you really love to be No. 1?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I was just talking about the Olympic experience. I believe that it’s different from any other individual event that we have on the ATP Tour. Even though you’re representing your country, still different from Davis Cup, as well. But, you know, I will be one of those athletes in the Olympic Games which will try to get a medal for their country, will try to enjoy every single moment of the tennis tournament and Olympic Games in general. I will try to go and watch some other sports. Unfortunately, the tennis tournament goes on only for, you know, eight days, and then we have to move on to Canada. So it’s not really a lot of time for us to experience some other sports. But I’ll try to take the best out of it.

Q. You have a lot of good players in Serbia. In the past two years, it seems that you have been a springboard in bringing everybody with you. How important it is for you to help this group? Most of them, they’re your friends, how do you try to motivate and help them also to come to do the best they can?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Um, well, it has been a few amazing years for Serbian tennis. You know, we didn’t have such a great tradition in this sport in our country. We are still, I have to say, a nation of team sports. We had lots of success and long history in basketball and volleyball, water polo, handball, these kind of sports. This is the first time that some individual sport stands out and delivers some world‑class tennis players, and it’s great, you know. I grew up with all the tennis players that are coming from Serbia, especially with my Davis Cup colleagues. We know each other really well, and we do get to share a lot of success and experiences, ups and downs, highs and lows, and try to help each other in every possible way with advices. We are always seeking to improve and get better. I believe that our past that we had in our country, which was very turbulent, I have to say, helped us to, you know, discover that great desire for the success and, you know, to become one of the world’s best tennis players. This mentality, very, very strong mentality, is actually something that separates, I think, people from that region from any other.

Q. One more Olympic question: What are your thoughts about the addition of mixed doubles?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I think more chances you have to win a medal, it’s better. You know, I’m not playing mixed doubles because I already have singles and doubles. I think it would be a little bit too much. But still, it’s interesting to have that, obviously. It’s, as I said, more chances to win a medal.

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No Easy Task for Djokovic to Repeat at 2012 Sony Ericsson Open

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No Easy Task for Djokovic to Repeat at 2012 Sony Ericsson Open



For fans hopeful of a rematch between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the Sony Ericsson Open final, neither man will have a comfortable trip in getting there.

Djokovic could contend with Marcos Baghdatis in his opening match, countryman Viktor Troicki in the third round or Richard Gasquet in the fourth round. Also, in the quarterfinals, Juan Martin Del Potro or the relentless David Ferrer may stump the world number one.

Moreover, besides Nikolay Davydenko who was unable to defend his 2008 title due to injury, since 2006 no prior year’s champion has advanced beyond the round of 16.

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