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Zverev sets up Kyrgios quarter-final clash

2018-03-27 08:08
Alexander Zverev (AP)

Miami - Alexander Zverev needed three sets to see off Spanish veteran David Ferrer at the Miami Open on Monday as he set up a quarter-final clash with Nick Kyrgios

The German fourth seed struggled to make an impact early on and was broken in his first service game as Ferrer raced into a 3-0 lead. 

The 35-year old Spaniard was largely untroubled on his own serve, and he duly broke again in game eight to claim the first set in just 30 minutes. 

The loss seemed to inspire Zverev, who came back forcefully in the second set, grabbing three service breaks as he levelled the match before breaking Ferrer twice more in the decider to claim a 6-2, 2-6, 4-6 win. 

He will now face Kyrgios in a repeat of their quarter-final from last year after the Australian defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3. 

In other third-round matches, sixth seed Kevin Anderson beat Karen Khachanov 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, while Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov pulled off another impressive win, defeating 11th seed Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 5-7. 

Shapovalov will play Croatia’s Borna Coric (29), who advanced following a rain-delayed 5-7, 7-6(7-4), 6-3 win over eighth seed Jack Sock. 

Conqueror of Roger Federer, Thanasis Kokkinakis couldn’t repeat his heroics from Saturday as he lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(4-7) to 31st seed Fernando Verdasco in a heated match that saw Verdasco complain to the umpire about the Australian’s father disturbing him between serves.

Results at the WTA and ATP Miami Open tournament on Monday (x denotes seeding):


3rd rd

Fernando Verdasco (ESP x31) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x16) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Kevin Anderson (RSA x6) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x32) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Nick Kyrgios (AUS x17) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) 6-3, 6-3

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) bt Sam Querrey (USA x11) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Alexander Zverev (GER x4) bt David Ferrer (ESP x28) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Borna Coric (CRO x29) bt Jack Sock (USA x8) 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3


4th rd

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x5) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-2, 2-1 retired

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x30) 6-2, 6-2

Sloane Stephens (USA x13) bt Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) 6-3, 6-4

Angelique Kerber (GER x10) bt Wang Yafan (CHN) 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS x21) 7-5, 6-4

Venus Williams (USA x8) bt Johanna Konta (GBR x11) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

Danielle Collins (USA) bt Mnica Puig (PUR) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2


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