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Del Potro amped to play in front of his fans in Miami

Del Potro amped to play in front of his fans in Miami

On the WTA tour, just three women have endured: Steffi Graf (twice), Kim Clijsters, and Victoria Azarenka.

So what of the men's pursuit of that golden prize?

Soccer: In friendlies involving teams in the 2018 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo scored with two stoppage-time headers and lifted Portugal to a stunning 2-1 win over Egypt in Zurich. World No1 Roger Federer had three "doubles" to his name, but when he failed to convert three championship points in Indian Wells a few days ago, he slammed the door shut on his fourth.

"Unfortunately I wasn't on the winner's side because maybe I have had enough luck throughout the last 14 months on my side of the court, so it's OK to lose some". The 36-year-old forward is Sweden's career scoring leader with 62 goals in 116 appearances and is the first player to make Champions League appearances for seven teams.

Djokovic had won 16 matches in a row on Key Biscayne, and swept the titles here in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's tournament with a right elbow injury. He held to love: So far, so good.

Djokovic is now set to rest until the Madrid Open in May, by which time he will hope to have found solutions for his worrying issues. The ninth seed appeared poised to turn things around against Paire in the second set, when he won eight of nine points to recoup a break and threaten the Frenchman's serve. Paire kept his cool to break the Serb and go 4-2 up.

Djokovic found a glimpse of his old self, breaking with a forehand victor, and held for 4-4, but he looked tired, and he could not sustain his accuracy with any consistency.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic suffered another early exit as he was comfortably beaten by Frenchman Benoît Paire in the second round of the Miami Open. "I mean, I'm trying, but it's not working".

"I'm excited to keep playing good tennis here". Just, it's impossible at the moment.

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Djokovic looked bad in his lost to Paire as well; losing 6-3, 6-4 against a 28-year old Frenchman with 1 career title, a losing record in singles matches and now ranked 47th in the world.

He next plays the unseeded Vasek Pospisil, whose impressive win over Ivo Karlovic was backed up by victory over No27 seed, Andrey Rublev, 7-6, 6-4.

Konta, the 11th seed will take on Flipkens' compatriot Elise Mertens in the last 32 after she ousted Bernarda Pera of the United States 7-6, 6-3.

It was a hard day for No7 seed David Goffin, however. "The last few days have been the first days in long, long time that I could actually focus on the game rather than have something in my mind always anxious whether I'm going to have pain or not, and usually it happened", Djokovic said at his pre-tournament press conference at the Miami Open.

On his return from an eye injury, seventh seed David Goffin was the top-ranked player to depart, crushed by Joao Sousa 6-0 6-1.

American wild card Michael Mmoh produced another surprise, upsetting 12th seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-4 in two hours, 43 minutes.

But the question remained. Osaka had 31 unforced errors, while Svitolina committed only 13.

Federer is yet to decide if he will play on clay in 2018.

Two years after nearly quitting in frustration, Del Potro is back in the top 10 this season for the first time since 2014 and back winning titles. "It's definitely going to be very different when it moves".


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