By Justin Ross
Today, the 2017 Miami Open kicked off its round of 32 in the men’s singles draw. Highlighting the day were wins by Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately, Milos Raonic had to pull out of the tournament, so his match was forfeited.
Nishikori kicked off the day’s action with an 11 a.m. contest in the main stadium. He defeated Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 7-6(2), 6(5)-7, 6-1. Prior to Nishikori’s win, the two were even in career meetups 2-2. Nishikori will face Argentine Federico Delbonis in the next round, who also won today.
In the grandstand, Raonic was supposed to face 20-year-old American qualifier Jared Donaldson, but due to his health, Raonic couldn’t participate. With two wins against top-50 opponents, Donaldson becomes the first qualifier since 2011 to reach the fourth round of play in Miami.
Rafael Nadal handled business in the last day session match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3. Nadal is now 13-1 against him in career play. This was also his 1,000th ATP World Tour singles match. He joins Roger Federer and David Ferrer as the only active players to play in at least 1,000 matches.
Americans Donald Young and Jack Sock will both be moving on. Young scored a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire. Paire was one of six Frenchmen ranked in the top 50. This is Young’s best showing in eight Miami appearances.
Sock's victory came in a 6-3, 7-6(0) win over the Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely.
In doubles play, the German Zverev brothers lost to Alex Peya and Philipp Petzschner. Then, the American Bryan brothers the Bryan brothers defeated an Australian duo featuring Nick Kyrgios in under an hour. A second American team of John Isner and Steve Johnson also competed today, but the duo was defeated.
In other action, two unseeded competitors secured wins. First, Italy’s Fabio Fognini beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Then, it was Nicolas Mahut who beat Guido Pella of Argentina 6-4, 6-3.
Monday’s play will feature several intriguing contests. In the marquee matchup, Roger Federer squares off with Juan Martin Del Potro in the afternoon session.
Check out the full results here: http://miamiopen.com/live-scoring-2017
Check out the schedule of match play here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
Tickets for the annual event start at $12 for youth and $15 for adults. A group rate of $7 is also available for 20 or more and grant access to all day session matches. Tickets are on sale now, for more information go to www.miamiopen.com or call the Miami Open ticket office at 305-442-3367.
The 2017 Miami Open is scheduled for March 20 – April 2 and will once again be the hottest ticket in town. With ticket packages starting at just $136 and individual sessions starting at $20 the Miami Open will be the place-to-be.