Jannik Sinner saved five match points to edge Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7 7-5 7-5 in a sensational display in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday. Carreno Busta had Sinner on the ropes in the 10th game of the second set, nearly breaking him for the game before the Italian recovered to hold serve and converted on a chance in the next game. They traded breaks in the third before a marathon 10th game in which the Spaniard nearly smashed his opponent for the win four times.
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World No. 11 Sinner, who tossed 15 aces through the net throughout the game, survived and converted on a chance in the next game to grab the advantage.
Serving for the match, he won the deal with a forehand winner as the Miami crowd stood and cheered.
The next faces of the 2021 finalist Australian Nick Kyrgioswho produced a clinical performance to beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4, dropping just five points on first serve.
Zverev made short work of American Mackenzie McDonald, winning 6-2 6-2 in 73 minutes to set up a last 16 encounter with Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who rode through a close fight against Denis Kudla 7 -6 (5) 4-6 7 -6(4).
Francisco Cerundolo also reached the next round, which beat Gael Monfils 6-2 6-3, but that was the end of the road for his younger brother, Juan Manuel Cerundolo, who lost 6-3 6-2 to Frances Tiafoe.
Elsewhere in the day’s action, American Coco Gauff kept her bid for a maiden WTA 1000 title alive, firing five aces to defeat China’s Zhang Shuai 7-6(1) 7-5 in a tightly contested contest .
“I was just mentally hanging in there. I was not playing my best. She’s a tough player to play,” Gauff told reporters. “I knew it was going to be a tough match, and I was happy to get it out today. »
Britain’s number one Cameron Norrie overcame a false start to keep his hopes of winning a second Masters 1000 title alive by beating France’s Hugo Gaston 6-3 7-5.
Norrie, who triumphed at Indian Wells last year and won at Delray Beach five weeks ago, opened the contest by dropping serve but kept his cool as three break points begged in the next game before finally converting the fourth.
Norrie fired his seventh ace on his eighth match point to set up a meeting with world number eight Casper Ruud, who has beaten the Briton in their previous two encounters.
The in-form Ruud beat Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-2 in less than an hour and had the best spot in the house when his Kazakh opponent fired a highlight-reel shot in the fifth game of the second set. Bublik flipped his racquet and hit an overhead shot with the grip.
“You will be on Tennis TV as always,” Ruud joked to Bublik after the match.
Spain’s fifth seed Paula Badosa put in an impeccable performance to topple Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-2. Putintseva was so frustrated with her error-filled display that she slammed her racquet with such force on the ground that it flew backwards and almost hit her.
Badosa, who won Indian Wells last year, will next face 16-year-old Czech wildcard Linda Fruhvirtova, who advanced after former world number one Victoria Azarenka abruptly retired midway through the second set of their contest.
Fruhvirtova was leading 6-2 3-0 when Azarenka, who pulled out of Doha last month with an injury, informed the chair umpire she was finished and quickly left the pitch.
“I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of, playing in these big stadiums in front of so many people,” Fruhvirtova said on the pitch.
“It’s definitely a dream come true. »
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