Swiss over­comes hard hit­ting Agut, top seed Wawrinka ousted

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI Nick Kyr­gios.

“One bad game to start the sec­ond set and then it was tough for me,” Wawrinka told re­porters.

“I com­pletely went down phys­i­cally and men­tally, and also my ten­nis was com­pletely out. I had no more gas.”

Zverev played more ag­gres­sively af­ter drop­ping the first set and the German prospect im­proved to 2-0 against Wawrinka.

“I had to be ag­gres­sive. I felt like he was the one con­trol­ling all the points all the time, so I had to change that. It worked out well for me,” Zverev said.

The last eight match against the 12th seeded Aus­tralian brings the pair to­gether for the sec­ond time in two weeks, af­ter Kyr­gios won their pre­vi­ous en­counter in In­dian Wells.

Big-serv­ing Kyr­gios looked omi­nous as he warmed up for the match by not drop­ping serve in a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 vic­tory over Bel­gian eighth seed David Gof­fin

All the top seeds had com­pet­i­tive matches on Tues­day, with Ja­panese sec­ond seed Kei Nishikori taken to three sets be­fore oust­ing Fed­erico Del­bo­nis of Ar­gentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Fifth seed Rafa Nadal won in straight sets, but had to work hard to beat French­man Ni­co­las Mahut 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Next up for Nadal is Amer­i­can Jack Sock, while Nishikori meets Ital­ian Fabio Fognini. Reuters point — and was bro­ken four times to fall be­hind in 28 min­utes.

Mir­jana even­tu­ally found her serv­ing range and built a 4-2 lead in the sec­ond set but Karolina re­lied heav­ily on her fore­hand and court move­ment to get out of trou­ble, win­ning four con­sec­u­tive games to close out the match.

“I played much bet­ter here than I was play­ing (in Mel­bourne),” Karolina told re­porters. “Also, the con­di­tions here are dif­fer­ent, and she was play­ing bet­ter ten­nis there be­cause it was faster. It suited her bet­ter in Aus­tralia.”

Caro­line, al­ready a two-time fi­nal­ist this year, was her typ­i­cal tena­cious self against Lu­cie, scur­ry­ing for every ball to earn an­other tilt at Karolina, who won in straight sets when they met in the Doha fi­nal last month. Reuters


Roger Fed­erer in ac­tion against Roberto Bautista Agut in the Mi­ami Open in Key Bis­cayne, Florida on Tues­day.

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