Kick-Off: Djokovic gets next bankruptcy
Novak Djokovic is still waiting for his first victory after his comeback. In Miami he loses his opening match against a Frenchman in two sets.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic remains a shadow of himself after his elbow operation. In his opening match at the ATP tournament in Miami, the Serb lost without a hint 3:6, 4:6 against the Frenchman Benoit Paire and was also defeated in the second match after his comeback.
Six-time Miami winner Djokovic, now in twelfth place in the ATP ranking, had already failed in the second round of the tournament in Indian Wells against Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6:7 (3:7), 6:4, 1:6.
Djokovic had lost three or more in a row more than ten years ago: At the end of 2007, they even went through five consecutive bankruptcies, three of them against the top 10 players Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet at the season finale in Shanghai.
Against the world rankings-47. Paire, who was eliminated in Indian Wells in round one against US qualifier Mitchell Krüger (ATP 231), never found Djokovic to his game. Especially with the serve he could hardly exert any pressure and took four breaks. At Paire’s serve, the “Djoker” only had one break point – which he used in the second set.
At the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne earlier this year, Djokovic was eliminated in the round of 16 against South Korean Chung Hyeon and decided to undergo surgery.