Miami: Desperate Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and a break down to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-0 yesterday, salvaging hopes of defending his Miami Open title.
Novak Djokovic celebrates his win. Pic/AFP
World No 1 Djokovic won 24 of the last 27 points to reach a quarter-final against Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer, a 7-6 (7/5), 6-0 winner over Frenchman Gilles Simon at the ATP and WTA hardcourt tournament.
Ukraine challenger Dolgopolov was unable to stretch his lead to a double break in the second set, Djokovic saving two break points in the fourth game.
"I was really frustrated," Djokovic said. "I was trying to calm myself down, because inside there was a big fire. You could see a little bit of that in the first set.
Just try to get to the state of mind where I have a serene, controlled mind and emotions and where I'm able to just be in the present moment. That's where I was focusing on," he said.
The Serbian top seed turned the match on its head in a 22-minute final set in which he could do no wrong, sustaining his chance for a US double after his Indian Wells final victory over Roger Federer.