Janko Tipsarevic made his return to competition on the doubles court alongside countryman Novak Djokovic, but pairing with the World No. 1 wasn’t enough to claim a first-round victory on Friday at the Miami Open presented Itaú.
Robert Lindstedt and Jurgen Melzer edged the Serbian duo 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to book a second-round meeting against the winner of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan versus Benjamin Becker and Scott Lipsky.
Tipsarevic, a former World No. 8, has been sidelined since October 2013 with a lingering foot injury.
Americans Ryan Harrison and Rajeev Ramtook advantage of their wild card entry with a 1-6, 6-4, 10-4 first-round win over Eric Butorac and Sam Groth. They will meet seventh seeds Nicolas Mahut andEdouard Roger-Vasselin who led 6-3, 1-0 when Roberto Bautista Agut andViktor Troicki retired.
They may be separated by 12 years and 50 Emirates ATP Ranking spots, but 21-year-old Dominic Thiem managed to close the gap on Friday with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 upset of World No. 12 Feliciano Lopez at the Miami Open presented by Itaú.
Thiem out-aced the left-hander 11 to 10 in the two hour, seven-minute match, saving five of the seven break points he faced. In just his second appearance in Miami, the Austrian has improved on last year’s result, where he reached the second round as a qualifier (l. to Robredo).
Thiem, who also beat Lopez in the 2014 US Open third round, improves his record this season to 5-6 as he sets a third-round clash with the winner of American Jack Sock and No. 21 seed Fabio Fognini.
World No. 8 Stan Wawrinka bounced back from his opening-round loss in Indian Wells with a 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Argentine Carlos Berlocq just before the rain started to fall in Miami.
Though he expressed frustration after dropping the first set, the Swiss overcame a 39 per cent first serve percentage by breaking Berlocq’s serve five times in the nearly three-hour contest.
Wawrinka extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over the World No. 68 to a perfect 4-0 as he attempts to move beyond the fourth round at this event for the first time in seven attempts. He’ll face the winner of Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Adrian Mannarino.