Rochus Stuns Djokovic; Querrey, Blake Beaten
Rochus, who came within two points of closing out the match in straight sets at 6-all in the second-set tie-break, broke Djokovic in the final game of the match to seal the win.
"In the tiebreak I had some chances," said Rochus. "I was winning 2‑0, and then I miss a few points."
On losing the second set Rochus said: "It was just one more set to win. I stayed positive, and that's why I think I won the match. Because after the loss of the second set, if I would have been down mentally I would never have had the chance to win."
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This was the Belgian’s third career win over a World No. 2, having defeated Magnus Norman in 2000 and Marat Safin in 2002, both times at Wimbledon. It was his second Top 10 win in Miami; in 2006 he defeated No. 7 Guillermo Coria in the third round.
Rafael Nadal was the last No. 2 seed to lose his opening match in Miami. He fell to fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya in the second round (after a first-round bye) in 2006.
"He picks up the ball very early and he runs all over the court," noted Djokovic of his conqueror, who defeated Richard Gasquet in the first round. "He was playing really well today, so I want to congratulate him. Definitely he deserves it."
On a day interrupted by rain, Ivo Karlovic fired 28 aces in a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 win over Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 6’ 10” Croat saved all five break points he faced en route to his first match win in seven career appearances at the Sony Ericsson Open. Karlovic, a part-time Miami resident, won 86 percent of points on his first serve.
The host nation lost two of its contenders, with No. 21 seed Sam Querrey falling to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and James Blake losing to No. 27 seed Thomaz Bellucci, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Chardy dropped just one point on his serve in the final set against Querrey, who served 13 aces for the match but only two in the third set as he went 0 for 2 on break points faced.
After dropping the first set to Blake, Bellucci lost only three points on his first serve in the second and third sets combined, firing 11 aces to four in the one-hour, 43-minute victory.
No. 15 seed David Ferrer did not face a break point in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Frenchman Michael Llodra, dropping just seven points on serve during the match. Ferrer improved to a 16-5 record on the season, which includes a title run at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Acapulco.
No. 12 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to the third round with little effort. The former World No. 1 was leading Daniel Koellerer 4-0 when the Austrian retired with a right elbow injury.
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