Sunday, 27 March 2016

Stan and Rafa out of Miami

Saturday in Miami was too much for Rafa Nadal after a perfectly normal start to a match against 94th ranked Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina.  After taking the opening set 6-2, the fifth seed crumbled on the scoreboard and physically, losing the second set 6-4 before retiring at 0-3 in the third.

51st ranked Russian Andrey Kuznetsov enjoyed his biggest career win by sinking Stan Wawrinka's hopes in straight sets to further damage the bottom half of the draw and open it up for Andy Murray, who defeated Denis Istomin later in proceedings.

Two Americans who had been showing consistent form, John Isner and. Sam Querrey, both were shown how to leave Key Biscayne, Isner by fellow American Tim Smyczek (ranked 132 and a qualifier for the main draw) and Querrey by Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.  
Both matches were stretched to three sets.

The expected thrills from the Baghdatis v Kyrgios match didn't come, at least not from Marcos anyway.  Aussie Nick blasted the Cypriot aside in two quick sets, serving 14 aces, breaking five times and losing just three games for the match.
Kyrgios avoided Isner because illness prevented him playing Davis Cup, and he won't need to play him here either, instead meeting Smyczek in the third round.

Other men's matches went according to script, and a Djokovic v Thiem fourth round encounter looks to be on the cards, one to possibly test the Djoker.

The woes of the Swiss were put on hold thanks to a win by Timea Bacsinszky over Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. Her serving was strong, and she managed to take advantage of an average first serve percentage from Ana.

Caroline Wozniacki lost another early round match to continue a frustrating 2016, and in a battle of the left handers, Russian Ekaterina Makarova confirmed the inconsistency that is plaguing the year and career of Petra Kvitova, by removing the 8th seed from Miami.

Meanwhile Serena Williams serenely won through, as did Aga Radwanska and Simona Halep, all without having to resort to a deciding set.

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