Djokovic out but Del Potro, Cilic move on in Miami

Djokovic out but Del Potro, Cilic move on in Miami

Djokovic out but Del Potro, Cilic move on in Miami

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing a game against Benoit Paire of France (not pictured) on day four of the Miami Open at Tennis Center at Crandon Park.

"I'm trying, but it's not working", said Djokovic, sounding as if he was confessing during a psychotherapy session.

Djokovic lost 6-3, 6-4 to French world number 47 Benoit Paire in a match, which lasted over 69 minutes.

It also snapped a 16-match winning streak in Miami for the six time tournament victor.

"Right now it doesn't feel great to move away from Key Biscayne, to be honest", Federer said.

"I know this tournament only, like all the other players, at this venue". Just it's impossible at the moment. Djokovic had a 16-match winning streak in Miami heading into the match (didn't play there last year), winning the title three years in a row and 6 overall. And on Friday afternoon, he lost his third consecutive match, something he had not done since the end of the 2007 season, when he dropped his final five matches.

And it was Kokkinakis, who fought back from 30-0 down in the final game to set up a tie-break, who edged ahead in the shoot-out and held his composure to complete the biggest win of his career. "I felt I started the match well, first six games, then I just ran out of gas". "He was serving well".

It had all looked routine for Federer when he moved ahead after just 34 minutes, but his quality slipped enough to allow his young Australian opponent to come storming back and progress to the third round. It happened very fast.

Later in Wimbledon he retired during his match with Thomas Berdych in the quarters due to an elbow injury, an issue he said has been bothering him for over a year. "I know that you can't be the person that you were yesterday, and the player", he said.

The German, ranked fifth in the world, was a Masters champion in Rome and Montreal past year but has just one semi-final to his name in 2018 and was beaten by Joao Sousa in the second round in Indian Wells.

"So this one seems a bit easier, and I think it's helped me to keep my confidence up for longer periods of time maybe". I mean, there are tougher injuries that players go through.

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