Sunday, 26 March 2017

Federer and del Potro set to meet

More rain in Miami but not enough to prevent the completion of the day and night schedule.

Dominic Thiem was the shock exit from the men's draw, eliminated by the Croatian talent Borna Coric, who has promised so much but is yet to deliver on a consistent basis.  At only 20 years of age he could use 2017 as his breakout season.

The big guns managed to book third round spots without too much trouble.  Top seed Stan Wawrinka, fourth seed Roger Federer,  eighth seed David Goffin and twelfth seed Nick Kyrgios all won in straight sets, although Kyrgios lost the first three games of his match against Damir Dzumhur before waking up to win ten of the last thirteen.

Juan Martin del Potro won his match to set up a mouth watering clash with Federer.
Two big serving third round clashes to look forward to are John Isner v Alexander Zverev and Ivo Karlovic v Nick Kyrgios.  Don't expect too many long rallies.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands delighted American fans by continuing her giant killing run, knocking out 17th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.  It wasn't the biggest upset in the women's event though.  
Surprise Aus Open semi finalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni gave fifth seed Aga Radwanska an awful thrashing 6-0 6-3, and Radwanska has just slipped deeper into her serious form slump.

No such issues for Dominika Cibulkova, Caroline Wozniacki, Barbora Strycova and second seed Karolina Pliskova, all with straight sets pathways to the round of sixteen.
Garbine Muguruza joined them but only after dropping the opening set to Shuai Zhang.

Some great fourth round matches are set up including Wozniacki v Muguruza, and the all Czech clash between Pliskova and Strycova.

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