Former world no.1 and six-time champion could not get past the second round of the Miami Open presented by Itaú on Friday, falling to Benoit Paire 3-6, 4-6 in 67 minutes. The match was Novak's last appearance at Crandon Park Stadium on Key Biscayne, as the tournament is relocating to Hard Rock Stadium next year
In his first match since the Australian Open, the five-time BNP Paribas Open champion lost to world no.109 Taro Daniel 6-7 (3), 6-4, 1-6. It was Novak's first event since medical intervention on his right elbow. The Japanese qualifier claimed the win after two hours and 30 minutes of play
Novak survived a scorching Melbourne summer’s day and an early challenge from Gael Monfils on Thursday to reach the Australian Open third round. The 30-year-old Serbian star rallied from a set down to beat the Frenchman 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
Novak got his grass campaign underway with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over qualifier Vasek Pospisil in 85 minutes.
Nole goes on to play Feliciano Lopez (ESP, H2H 8-1) in the last 16 on Thursday.
Next up for the two-time former champion is no.13 seed Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP).