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Miami Open: Novak Djokovic continues to struggle as Naomi Osaka is brought back to Earth

Former world number one Novak Djokovic was completely far from his best against Benoit Paire in his second round match at the Miami Open as he was condemned to his third consecutive defeat in 11 years.

Frenchman Paire moved into the third round with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over Djokovic, who’s continued to struggle since returning from his long injury layoff.

For the Serb, it was also only the second time he has been defeated in 32 matches at Miami as he followed up his loss in Indian Wells to Japanese journeyman Taro Daniel with another one, on top of his Australian Open exit to Hyeon Chung.

Elsewhere, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka’s ruthless run was brought to an end by world no. 4 Elina Svitolina.

Osaka had earlier put together strings of absolutely brilliant performances to claim the BNP Paribas Open in California.

The Japanese sensation brought that form into the Miami Open as she ousted 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the first round, but was eventually brought back to Earth as she was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Svitolina.

“I think I’ve played more matches than I ever have back-to-back. I didn’t really feel that tired, so that’s a good thing,” Osaka said. “I’ve played so many good players, and I’ve experienced a lot of new things, so I’m really happy about that.”

In other matches, David Goffin suffered an embarrassing 6-0, 6-1 defeat to Joao Sousa, while Marin Cilic moved into the third round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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