Djokovic struggles continue as Cilic, Dimitrov progress

Novak Djokovic saw his 16-match winning streak at the Miami Open ended by Benoit Paire.

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Novak Djokovic's poor form continued with a shock second-round loss at the Miami Open, while Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov advanced Friday.

A six-time champion in Miami, Djokovic – the ninth seed at the ATP 1000 event – slumped to a straight-sets defeat against Benoit Paire.

While multiple other seeds also fell, the likes of Cilic, Dimitrov, Juan Martin del Potro and Kei Nishikori managed to advance.



Djokovic, a 12-time grand slam champion, suffered a 6-3 6-4 loss to Paire, seeing his win-loss record this year slip to 3-3.

The Serbian has struggled on his return from an elbow injury, with the defeat ending his 16-match winning streak in Miami.

Djokovic was dominated by Paire, who converted four of eight break points to win in 67 minutes.


Cilic, the second seed, was too good for Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5 6-3 in the second round.

It was largely a good day for the top seeds, with Dimitrov rallying to overcome Maximilian Marterer 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Del Potro, coming off his success at Indian Wells, also progressed thanks to a 6-4 5-7 6-2 victory over Robin Haase.

Awaiting the fifth seed in the third round is Nishikori, who got past John Millman 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3.



Raonic served 16 aces to ease to a 6-3 6-3 win over Swedish teenager Mikael Ymer.

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.

Other seeds to fall included Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Muller and Andrey Rublev.

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