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Djokovic struggles continue; Cilic, Dimitrov progress

Novak Djokovic saw his 16-match winning streak at the Miami Open brought to an abrupt end by French challenger Benoît Paire 'La Tige'

Djokovic struggles continue; Cilic, Dimitrov progress
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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 on Friday. A six-time champion in Miami, Djokovic – the ninth seed at the ATP 1000 event – slumped to a straight-sets defeat against Benoît Paire. While multiple other seeds also fell, the likes of Cilic, Dimitrov, Juan Martín del Potro and Kei Nishikori managed to advance.

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Djokovic downed

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.

Marin Cilic
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Cilic, Dimitrov and Del Potro advance

Cilic, the second seed, was too good for Pierre-Hugues Herbert winning 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.

Milos Raonic.
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Raonic cruises, Goffin exits

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 João Sousa 6-0 6-1. Other seeds to fall included Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Müller and Andrey Rublev.