It was a bloodbath on Friday at the Miami Open as two Top 10 seeds out of a total of 10 overall seeds made exits.
Safely into the third round were Top 10 seeds No. 2 Kei Nishikori who stunted the big serving of Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 Milos Raonic who defeated veteran Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5; and No. 5 Rafa Nadal who eased past Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4.
“I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament,” Raonic said. “Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”
Nadal is 0-4 in career Miami finals.
“It was difficult to find the right feelings this afternoon, but it’s these kind of days where you have to just try to win,” Nadal said. “That’s what I did and I am very happy with that. This tournament is a tough tournament and anything can happen.”
Also among the seeded winners were No. 13 Jack Sock, No. 25 Fernando Verdasco and No. 26 Philipp Kohlschreiber who edged unseeded American teen Taylor Fritz 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4).
The parade of upset-makers were France’s Jeremy Chardy outlasting No. 7 Marin Cilic 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Argentine Guido Pella edging No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6(4); American Donald Young toppling No. 11 Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-4; Argentine Federico Delbonis coming back to beat No. 15 Pablo Carreno 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; Czech Jiri Vesely handling No. 19 Albert Ramos 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3; German Jan-Lennard Struff rolling No. 20 Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-1; France’s Benoit Paire defeating No. 21 Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-0; France’s Nicolas Mahut outlasting No. 23 Steve Johnson 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; American Jared Donaldson serving past No. 28 Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-4; and Italian Fabio Fognini ousting No. 30 Joao Sousa 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-3.
Highlights Saturday in Miami are (4) Roger Federer vs. (Q) Frances Tiafoe, (29) Juan Martin del Potro vs. Robin Haase, (22) Sam Querrey vs. Tommy Robredo, and (6) Dominik Thiem vs. Borna Coric.
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