The best thing about the Indian Wells/Miami swing? Top players playing doubles:
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic lost the point – and ultimately the match – vs. Stakhovsky/Youzhny in Miami on Saturday, but they put on a jolly good show, losing 8-10 in the super tiebreak.
The two stars chatted and joked (about pec muscles?) during the changeover.
I guess there are no hard feelings for Murray, who has yet to win a set since losing to Nole in the Australian Open final. (He backed up his Indian Wells loss to Donald Young with another shocker on Friday, losing to 100-something ranked Bogomolov, Jr. in the second round.)
Djokovic, who is 19-0 for the season, plays James Blake tonight. Here’s some more info on Nole’s fab start to the season, via the ATP:
If Djokovic wins tonight, he will have the third-longest winning streak to start a season in the last 30 years, 19 wins in a row (tied with John McEnroe in 1985 – for a full list of those fast starts, see below):
39 straight wins: John McEnroe – 1984
25 straight wins: Ivan Lendl – 1986
19 straight wins: Novak Djokovic – 2011
19 straight wins: McEnroe – 1985
17 straight wins: Pete Sampras – 1997
16 straight wins: Roger Federer – 2006