MIAMI: World No.1 Novak Djokovic cruised into the fourth round of the Miami ATP Masters and WTA tournament on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over India’s Somdev Devvarman.
Djokovic remained on course for a third straight title on the hard courts — a fourth overall — and will battle Tommy Haas for a place in the quarter-finals.
The 25-year-old Serbian, who won the title in 2007, 2011 and 2012, had little trouble against Devvarman, who has fallen to 254th in the world after a near-seven month absence last season with a shoulder injury.
Djokovic, who saw a 22-match winning streak halted in the semi-finals at Indian Wells last week, hasn’t lost to a player outside the top 100 since 2010. Devvarman never looked like reversing that trend against the Serbian, who has reached the final in Miami every time he has made it past the second round.
Women’s third seed Maria Sharapova, seeking a first Miami title after four runner-up finishes, defeated fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2.
Sharapova was broken early to fall 1-3 down in the opening set, but battled back on a muggy afternoon to book a fourth-round clash with Czech Klara Zakopalova, who ousted Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, surprised Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 and eighth seeded Sara Errani, of Italy, steamrolled Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0. Romania’s Soran Cirstea upset sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-0, and Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, ousted 11th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.