Del Potro Ups Win Streak To 13 In Miami, Dimitrov Dumped; Kyrgios v Fognini Tomorrow
by Staff | March 25th, 2018, 11:46 pm
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Juan Martin del Potro kept it rolling Sunday in Miami. The Indian Wells champion upped his win streak to 13 after pounding former finalist Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

“I think I’m playing good,” said del Potro. “I can play even better, but I need to get confidence playing on this court, trying to keep winning matches. But it is not easy. My body is starting to feel tight because of all my success.

“But I’m enjoying playing this tournament. I would like to stay longer because it’s a special tournament for me. It is the last time playing here in Key Biscayne, so I would love to stay here few more days.”

Nishikori, was playing his first event after missing Indian Wells with an illness, had early break chances but that was pretty much it for the 2016 runner-up.

Del Potro moves on to face Serb Filip Krajinovic who rolled past Novak Djokovic’s conquerer Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2. That match will be on Tuesday.

The two highest seeds left in the draw had a mixed day. Marin Cilic eased past Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 7-6(4) while Grigor Dimitrov’s slump continued as the World No. 4 fell to Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4.

Dimitrov has lost four of his last five matches.

Chardy will next face Indian Wells semifinalist Milos Raonic who never dropped serve in a 7-6, 6-3 win in the evening over Diego Schwartzman.

After a poor start to the year, maybe American big man John Isner is finding form. Isner eased past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-3. He’ll get Cilic next.

Hyeon Chung won his 17th match of the year with a dominating American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-1. He’ll take on Joao Sousa who won a thriller over Jared Donaldson.

On Monday, the third round wraps up with former 2013 finalist David Ferrer facing Alexander Zverev and an intriguing affair as the combustible duo of Fabio Fognini and Nick Kyrgios collide for a first time. Both made the semifinals of Miami a year ago.

“I know my body is not 100% just yet, but I also know that it’s going to take some time to get back to where I was and playing at the level I was playing at the start of the year,” Kyrios said.

Tomas Berdych also meets young American Frances Tiafoe and Thanasi Kokkinakis will try to avoid the post-Federer letdown against Fernando Verdasco. And Jack Sock battles Indian Wells semifinalist Borna Coric.

MONDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – S. Johnson (USA) vs [16] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [13] S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – [17] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [15] F. Fognini (ITA)
WTA – [8] V. Williams (USA) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)

7:30 pm
ATP – [4] A. Zverev (GER) vs [28] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [6] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] S. Kenin (USA) or [9] P. Kvitova (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [31] F. Verdasco (ESP)
ATP – [11] S. Querrey (USA) vs D. Shapovalov (CAN)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [30] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)
ATP – [29] B. Coric (CRO) vs [8] J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs F. Tiafoe (USA)


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37 Comments for Del Potro Ups Win Streak To 13 In Miami, Dimitrov Dumped; Kyrgios v Fognini Tomorrow

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Would love to be in the room for the umpire selection for Fognini/ Kyrgios (aka The G Is Silent, but the Players Ain’t match).


Tennis Vagabond Says:

7 NextGen hopefuls on tap today- out of 8 mens matches, all but 1 have a young’un. Chung still representing on the other side.

Looks very much like the Zverev/Kachanov/Tiafoe/Shapovalovs are supplanting the Ferrer/Monfils/Tsongas as the meat of the top 30. Can they really supplant Rafa/Fed?

The biggest question mark in tennis right now is Rafa’s return. If he plays, he’s going to gobble up the clay titles, I’m confident of that. I’m not so confident that he’ll last.

Has there been a Masters in the last 10 years without Big Four in the final 32? The vacuum at the top is enormous, and if Rafa doesn’t come back properly on clay, it will be a very different tour we watch over the next few months.


Markus Says:

TV, the dawning of the NextGen? This tournament may give them the proper perspective and the confidence that the Lost Generation never had as they always the Big Four blocking their way.


Margot Says:

All things must pass.


Okiegal Says:

Hey Margot…… are you thinking out with the old and in with the new? It’s gotta happen at some point…..we will soon see how it all plays out….. I think we are in for a few surprising outcomes in 2018!


Humble Rafa Says:

if Rafa doesn’t come back properly on clay,

When I think of clay, my body magically fixes itself. When it sees the roof, it breaks down.

#body rules


chofer Says:

HR

You’re a piece of work.


chofer Says:

Kokkinakis may have not the sui generis talent of Kyrgios. Neither his charisma (for good or worse)but he honestly knows his way around a court more than his countryman ever did. He’s strategically sound. His FH has absolute power, but I don’t like the twitch (a la Jack Sock) he does with the wrist. It’s atomic, sure, bit not pretty to watch.

Delpo’s clean, multi-directional flatter, Roger’s multi-spins one or Rafa’s banana/outside-in down the liner the best ones I’ve seen for 15 years now. They’re pretty to watch, too. In different ways.

BH one liner goes to Wawrinka. Two-handed used to go with Nole; seconded by Nishi. NOW, who has it? Zverev’s is pretty good. Especially down the line. But don’t turn me on THAT bad.
Chung seems to have a very good spinning one which can go in any direction, too.


SG1 Says:

Kei is lost out there right now.


SG1 Says:

Del Po beat down Kei without playing particularly well.


Willow Says:

Aww the battle of the headcases Kyrigios / Fognini first ever meeting turned out to be an anti climax ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Umpire Damian Steiner at the Fognini/Kyrgios coin toss: ” There are microphones all around the court so please watch the language.

Good job kids. Following advice is step 1 to growing up.


fred stone Says:

Right on cue, whoever upsets Fed gets knocked out in the next round.
If memory serves it was Chardy a year or so ago who kept on winning a match or two after a win over Fed.(could be wrong)
Makes me wonder if the same holds true with the other “old” top 4 players.


chofer Says:

Kokki’s Father playing mind games with Verdasco backfired, of course. Nothing to do with Federer’s loss. Let’s just say this Ozzies next genners will never learn. He had a chance to capitalize on the win. He had to open his mouth. Sheez. BTW, Kyrgios responded Verdasco on twitter. He erased it.

Rod Laver, Johm Newcombe and Ken Rosewall are having headaches.


Wog Boy Says:

It’s Aussies and not Ozzies.


Wog Boy Says:

This is how it happened with “Ozzies”, Verdasco was the one who was back paddling when he realized he was accusing Kokk’s father:

http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/nick-kyrgios-gets-involved-as-thanasi-kokkinakis-clashes-with-fernando-verdasco/news-story/463a947df59864f98bf796e3331e2b02


chofer Says:

Aussies are great. Ozzies, not. Sorry, I was watching and Kokki’s father couldn’t stop talking to him before serving.

What is that? Decorum, it is not.

I couldn’t care about “twitter wars”. I was just informing.

Disgusting.


Wog Boy Says:

As a real chofer you were not just informing, you were driving people to one conclusion, that Aussies were wrong and Verdasco is the victim which is not necessarily the case, Verdasco could be well playing mind games to distract Kokk which eventually happened after their argument and if you don’t care about tweets then why did you post them, to strengthen your case in driving peoples opinion to one conclusion, bad Aussie boys.


chofer Says:

I did not post tweets, you linked them. And my conclusion is that fathers have nothing to say during a match whatsoever. Verdasco was annoyed and complained to the umprre. Kokkinakis responded and then ALL snowballed.

I’m not taking parties here. The distraction affected more Kokkinakis than Verdasco (see my post wasy above, when I was talking and praising his game; he was clearly dominating when I posted it)


Daniel Says:

A lot of three set matches this Miami tourney.
Coric unlucky with match suspended when he leading 5-3 Sick serve. Assuming Coric will win that would be 4 out of 15 young ones and Tiafoe may still upset Berdych.


Margot Says:

Lol Daniel it Shapo who had a “sick” serve for much of the time…;) Fortunately Sam’s wasn’t much better. C’mon Denis! Verdasco played better as the match went on, 4xK worse, which was a shame as I’m backing the young guns!


Margot Says:

Tiafoe taking it to Berd at the mo. Dearie me, seems a tad windy..;)
C’mon young gun!


jalep Says:

Hello Margot :D

What was Berd complaining about? My Gosh he’s sweating profusely while the Young Gun is looking good.

My vote for young gun would be to leave his shirt off…

It’s very windy and did you see poor Petra ran out of energy to fight the wind, rain and Ostapenko. Oh…I think you picked Ostapenko to the SF. That pick may work out — but she’ll have to beat Elina Svitolina, who is equally energetic and confident. Should be a good match.


Margot Says:

Good morning, for me, Jalep. The wind I’d expect…;) He’s just grumpy because Frances is playing so well. Long delay for the match, don’t often see “live” in the UK at this time.
I did pick Ostapenko to go deep but honestly with the WTA I’d do just as well picking names out of a hat!


jalep Says:

Lol, it’s true…picking names out of a hat would work better, at least for me in Indian Wells, sheesh. I’m doing a bit better for Miami but not in the ATP. I can’t keep up.

Berdy needs a roof.


Margot Says:

Court conditions obviously just effecting his side of the court…;)
What fun “chatting” with you :) Missed you and hope all is well x


Margot Says:

Match stopped now. BFN


jalep Says:

Well I happen to not be able to sleep. And there was no one posting on Tenngrand. Happy to read you here, dear Margot.

Do you think Azarenka can beat Pliskova? Their match will be late tomorrow night and I think Vika is improving with each match. Tough to really tell because Aga didn’t give much resistance. But the conditions won’t bother Vika at all.

And Stephens is playing well. I think she’s going to beat overplayed Kerber. What’s your guess?


jalep Says:

Guess I try again to sleep since Miami seems done for now.

Miss chatting tennis with you but our hours aren’t the best to catch each other. At least I get to smile at your bracket picks each week :)


Okiegal Says:

Margot…….I am going to check the ages of everyone left in the draw. The oldest dude left gets my support! LOL You definitely want a change and I think we’re going to see one in Miami…….exciting!!


Willow Says:

I Think thats Dasco Okie ;-)


Margot Says:

jalep @2.25 am…..cheeky moo…;)
OKiegal: that’d be Venus by quite a few years…..;)
As for the men, Willow is right about Verdasco. Cripes he’s 34! Dude get off that court and into an old folk’s home…..:)


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…… Aww c’mon…….. age is only a number……. just ask Fed!
@ Willow…….. I’m good with “ Hot Sauce”….. love it on my tacos and to make it even better the guy is a Spaniard! Go Nando!! I’m supporting him ….. oldies but goodies!! Being old myself….my allegiance lies with the older dudes and dudettes……. GO VEE!!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

age is only a number……. just ask Fed!

Remember to not ask anybody else. They are all liars.

I am a spring chicken at 31. Xisca knows, that’s all that matters.


Okiegal Says:

Watching Isner and Cilic…… checked their ages…… I was surprised John 32 Marin 29! I’m pulling for John in this one! Lol


Okiegal Says:

As Rafa would say…. “The windy is bad today”……


Okiegal Says:

@Humble……I am so happy you continue to make Xisca happy….she’s lovely!!

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