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Dudi Sela’s run in the Sony Open in Miami came to a grinding halt on Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 loss at
the hands of world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic.
After falling to No. 127 in
the world last week, his lowest ranking in almost two years, Sela came through
two rounds of qualification in Florida and defeated Australian Marinko Matosevic
(51) to advance to the second round of the prestigious
However, he was outplayed by Tipsarevic on Friday, succumbing
after one hour and 14 minutes. The Serb improved to 3-0 in his career against
Sela, who hasn’t progressed past a second round of an ATP Tour tournament since
In other action, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova both
survived unscathed but the Sony Open lost two other Grand Slam champions on
Friday when Victoria Azarenka and Juan Martin Del Potro exited the Miami
Azarenka withdrew from her opening match because of an ankle
injury she suffered playing at Indian Wells last week.
disappointed ... But I have to take my health into consideration,” said
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in January but has struggled with injuries
since. “I tried everything I could but couldn’t make it. It’s an unfortunate
part of our job.”
Azarenka’s withdrawal proved an unexpected bonus for
American teenager Lauren Davis, who failed to qualify for the
She was given a ‘lucky loser’ pass into the event when
Azarenka pulled out then saved three match points in defeating Madison Keys 6-1,
Former US Open champion Del Potro, suffered a surprise 7-6 ,6-1
loss to Germany’s Tobias Kamke.
The towering Argentine had two set points
in the opening set but lost his way just a week after making the men’s final at
“He didn’t play obviously his best tennis,” said Kamke.
“But still I think I did a good job and pretty satisfied with
There were no other major casualties amongst the top seeds, with
Djokovic and Sharapova both winning in straight sets. Sharapova romped to a 6-2,
6-0 win over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard while Djokovic cruised to a 6- 1, 6-0
victory over Lukas Rosol.
Only Spain’s David Ferrer, the men’s third
seed, had an easier time. He won in a walkover when Dmitry Tursunov pulled
In early action on Saturday, No. 2 seed Andy Murray beat Australia’s
Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are both missing
from the field in Miami, with the Spaniard pulling out of the tournament after
last week’s triumph at Indian Wells, while Federer decided to take an extended
break before the start to the clay-court season.Reuters contributed to