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Ferrer ends Devvarman's run

— Photo: AFP

PACKING A PUNCH: David Ferrer got past Somdev Devvarman in straight sets.

MIAMI: Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 20-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of former top 10 player James Blake at the $9 million Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday.

Spain's David Ferrer, the World No. 6, defeated Indian Somdev Devvarman 6-4, 6-2 in a match that lasted one hour and 42 minutes.

Devvarman, who served two aces and one double-fault, converted three of the five breakpoints that came his way. However, Ferrer was always in control of the match and dispatched the Indian in straight sets.

Hot streak

Djokovic, winner of all three events he has played in this season, remains the only man in the top 125 not to have lost a match this year.

Fresh from beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal en route to victory in last week's Indian Wells Masters, Djokovic is bidding to add a second Miami trophy to the one he won in 2007. Djokovic raced to victory in 52 minutes to reach the fourth round of the tournament that concludes next Sunday.

“It has been a dream run for me the last couple of months,” said Djokovic, who opened his year with an Australian Open triumph. “I'm playing the best tennis of my life.”

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro also advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fourth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling. Del Potro, who beat Federer for the 2009 U.S. Open crown but missed eight months in 2010 while recovering from wrist surgery, thrilled his fans at Crandon Park with a victory over one of the year's hottest players.

Soderling has won 20 matches and three titles this year. Del Potro, ranked 51st but climbing fast, has won five of his last seven matches against the top-four players and has now beaten Soderling in their last three encounters.

Hard work for Clijsters

Kim Clijsters led a string of women's seeds into the fourth round. The second seed and winner of the last two Grand Slams got past tricky Spanish left-hander Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Bhupathi-Paes through

In doubles, third-seeded Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes had it easy in the first round. They cruised past the American-Netherlands Antilles combination of Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-2, 6-3 in a little over an hour.

The results: Women (third round): Marion Bartoli bt Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-2; Francesca Schiavone bt Llourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 7-6(2); Agnieszka Radwanska bt Maria Kirilenko 7-6(2), 6-3.

Ana Ivanovic bt Virginie Razzano 2-6, 6-2, 3-0, retd.; Kim Clijsters bt Maria Jose Martinez 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Vera Zvonareva bt Jarmila Groth 7-6(4), 6-2; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-0; Victoria Azarenka bt Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Men (third round): Mardy Fish bt Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3; Kevin Anderson bt Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3; David Ferrer bt Somdev Devvarman 6-4, 6-2; Marcel Granollers bt Michael Llodra 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

John Isner bt Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 7-6(4); Juan Martin del Potro bt Robin Soderling 6-3, 6-2; Viktor Troicki bt Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5; Novak Djokovic bt James Blake 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles (first round): Mahesh Bhupathi & Leander Paes bt Eric Butorac (USA) & Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands Antilles) 6-2, 6-3 . — AFP

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