World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia has reached the semifinals of the Miami Open, overcoming an early break to oust David Ferrer of Spain 7-5, 7-5 on Thursday night.
Djokovic faced a quick 3-0 deficit, then rallied and took control by winning 10 of the next 13 games. He’ll play 22-seeded John Isner of the United States in the semifinals on Friday night.
Ferrer was celebrating his 33rd birthday. He’s now lost his last eight matches against Djokovic.
Earlier Thursday, Isner rolled past No. 4-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-3, while Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the women’s final and clinched her first top-10 ranking by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3.
Women’s No. 1 Serena Williams was playing Simona Halep later Thursday night in another semifinal.