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Fed Finished, Americans Prevail in Second Round
03.25.18

 
 
 
 
 
 

By Tucker Verdi

If your name is Alexander Zverev or Kevin Anderson or Jack Sock or Tomas Berdych or really any name that is still alive in the top half of the men’s singles draw, yesterday was a good day.

Players don't likely revel in the defeat of their sport’s biggest name, but it does provide them with a unique opportunity of making it out of a draw without playing perhaps the greatest the play the game in Roger Federer.

And on the other side of the draw, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dmitrov, and Juan Martin del Potro certainly can breathe a little easier as a final with Fed is no longer in the cards.

The top half was in action Saturday, looking to avoid the upsets that have defined the tournament thus far and punch their tickets to the third round.

Zverev was pushed by Russian Daniil Medvedev, ultimately prevailing in a third set tiebreak 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(5). Anderson, the 2016 US Open runner-up, was able to overcome Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-3 while Tomas Berdych took down Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-4.

Four Americans live to play another day in the top half, with No. 8 seed Jack Sock defeating qualifier Yuki Bhambri of India 6-3, 7-6(3) and No. 11 seed Sam Querrey wearing down Radu Albot 7-6(4), 6-1.

Steve Johnson was able to pull off the upset against No. 18 seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3 to mark his deepest run in Miami.

Frances Tiafoe, however, won the best matchup of the day in a duel with Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund. The two-and-a-half hour match was an exceptional display of tennis. In the end, the 20-year-old, who picked up his first career title in Delray Beach earlier this year, would seal the deal in a third set tiebreak to win 7-6(4), 6-4, 7-6(5).

For full match results, visit miamiopen.com/2018-results.

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2018 Miami Open will be played March 19-April 1 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

About Itaú

Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 94,000 employees and operations in 19 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions.