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Djokovic homes in on third straight title in Miami

Novak Djokovic is trying to equal Andre Agassi's haul of six titles at the Miami Masters.
Novak Djokovic is trying to equal Andre Agassi's haul of six titles at the Miami Masters. Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports

Top seed Novak Djokovic moved into the semi-finals at the Miami Masters on Wednesday night with a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych. But the Serb advanced with some discomfort. He suffered spasms in his back during the second set and had to be massaged just before serving in the sixth game. 

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"Due to windy conditions on the court, it was hard to find a good rhythm to serve," the 28-year-old said after the game. "I had a little bit of a spasm in the back but the trainer did a great job and I was able to finish the match."

The world number one, who is seeking to win his third Miami crown on the trot and thereby match Andre Agassi's record of six titles, will play the Belgian David Goffin on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

"I'm feeling great," Goffin said afer defeating the 18th seed. "I'm confident for the rest of the week and the season."

The 25-year-old, who was a key component in his country's run to the 2015 Davis Cup final, will need every scrap of self-belief. He has not beaten Djokovic in their previous three mettings. He lost in the first round of the 2013 French Open as well as at the Cincinnati Masters in 2013 and 2015.

"He's going to be very dangerous, but I like my chances," added Djokovic.

 

 

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