By Tucker Verdi
The first round of the men’s singles competition has wrapped up at the 2018 Miami Open, setting up second round clashes with seeded players.
Frances Tiafoe overcame Argentinian Nicolas Kicker late push in the second to win 6-3, 7-6(4) and set up a showdown with 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund. The 20-year-old American recently won his first ATP title in Delray Beach.
Jared Donaldson took to Stadium Court on Wednesday night and downed Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-4. Qualifier Michael Mmoh upset fellow American Christopher Eubanks 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Donaldson and Mmoh will face a pair of ranked Spaniards in No. 25 Feliciano Lopez and No. 12 Roberto Bautista-Agut, respectively.
Fiery young Canadian Denis Shapovalov fought off a strong challenge from Viktor Troicki that involved a second and third set tiebreak, ending 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6).
Leonardo Mayer came back from a bruising first against Donald Young to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Americans had an up-and-down day on court, with Steve Johnson taking down Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3, 6-3 to join Tiafoe, Mmoh, and Donaldson in the second round, while Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren fell to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on two tiebreaks 7-6(3), 7-6(6) to join Young in an early exit.
Qualifiers Thanasi Kokkinakis and Calvin Hemery dueled it out for the right to play World No. 1 Roger Federer, with the Australian youngster Kokkinakis breezing into the grueling next round matchup by a score of 6-1, 6-2.
For full match results, visit miamiopen.com/2018-results.