Zverev Rolls Coric To Reach Miami SF, Will Face Carreno Busta Who Saves MP v Anderson
by Staff | March 29th, 2018, 11:53 pm
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Alexander Zverev showed again why he is the class of this younger generation. The 20-year-old crushed Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round on Tuesday and today had his way with the hot-handed Borna Coric in a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The match was delayed about 90 minutes due to a lighting issue in the stadium, but it didn’t slow Zverev down who never dropped served. It was Zverev’s first career win against the Croat having lost to him twice before including at the US Open last year.

“Very difficult match,” Zverev said. “I think he’s playing very well right now. He played well in Indian Wells, playing well here. It doesn’t get any easier. But it’s a Masters. We know that it’s not going to get easier, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Zverev has now made three Masters semifinals, and in the two previous occasions he ended up winning the title at Rome and Canada last year.

And he’ll be the big favorite tomorrow night against the surprising Pablo Carreno Busta who edged Kevin Anderson in a thriller 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(6) in 2 hours, 42 minutes.

The Spaniard looked well on his way to a first career win over Anderson in their US Open semifinal rematch. Serving 5-4 up a set, Carreno Busta shook off a bad call that would have given him 30-0, but couldn’t covert at 40-15. He was broken twice to drop the set.

In the third, with a Miami semifinal on the line, the two went back-and-forth – just one break point between them – to force a final set breaker, which Anderson had won over Carreno Busta two weeks ago at Indian Wells.

And the South African was in control early with a mini-break, but failed to capitalize serving 6-5. Carreno Busta got it back and served it out, dropping Anderson to 0-10 in Masters quarterfinals.

“It was an amazing match, no? I lost to him, 7-6 in the third set [at Indian Wells]. And today, well, at the beginning of the match I started playing really good, returning good, serving good, being very aggressive,” Carreno Busta said. “I am very happy with the victory, because it’s very important to me… and also to be in the semi-finals in this tournament.”

In the spot of Roger Federer quarter, Carreno Busta and Zverev have never played before. Carreno Busta has never been to a Masters final or beaten a Top 5 player. Zverev is in his first final since winning Canada.

In the afternoon, Juan Martin del Potro will try to reach his third straight final against serving giant John Isner. It’s their 10th meeting with del Potro ahead 6-3. The Argentine has won his last 15 matches.

All four players are trying to reach their first Miami final.

FRIDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
ATP – [5] J. Del Potro (ARG) vs [14] J. Isner (USA)
WTA – E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) vs [6] B. Krejcikova (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE)

7:00 pm
ATP – [16] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [1] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs A. Barty (AUS) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)


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32 Comments for Zverev Rolls Coric To Reach Miami SF, Will Face Carreno Busta Who Saves MP v Anderson

SG1 Says:

This looks like a bad matchup for Isner if Del Po is healthy and on his game. Del Po is hard to break (…and Isner is lousy at breaking serve) and Del Po’s return game is a whole lot better than Isner’s. And Del Po is just better at pretty much everything else. Isner will have to serve very well to make this competitive.


skeezer Says:

Isner was a monster today. Unbelievable.


Kimberly Says:

crowd was awful. Really trying on ones patience. Cheering when John missed his first serve. Good thing he played so well and didn’t let the nonsense distract him.


skeezer Says:

Kimberly,
Johns serve bouncing unusually high? Looked like a lot of action on that serve.


Daniel Says:

chofer,

You were right, indeed DelPo ran out of fumes.

I believe Zverev will take the title now.


Van Persie Says:

Maybe we will have a PCB vs Big John final.


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer, It bounced high but more than anything it was well placed and fast.

John literally took the racket out of his hand. Any chance he took to rip the forehand he had it. Gave the horrendous crowd very little to get excited about. They were just awful, cheering if he missed a first serve, vamos delpo, singing. For isner to get so little support in his own country was shocking.


skeezer Says:

Yeah saw that, even on the TV they were saying it was as worse than IW, as there were at least cheering and making noise pretty equally for Fed/Delpo. But,,,,Delpo is probably the 2nd most loved guy on the tour, so you have that.
John was Mr. Class after in the interview saying how he appreciated the Delpo fan base despite the mis having crowd. He could have (should have) told them what jerks they were. Oh well, Delpo played the tired role, hell he always plays that role, but John played stupendous, and deserved that win big time. Kudos to him.
Super glad you were actually there to see that kind of ball striking!


Daniel Says:

Zverev through.

Isne will pass Sock as highest ranked American even with runner up and back in top 10. If Zverev wins he will move to #3.


jatin Says:

I am so happy for John Isner. He beat some quality opposition to get into the finals and that too in such fine fashion (6-1 sets against both chung and del potro). He even beat the Aus open finalist Marian Cilic.

Hope he finally wins this title. Go John.


Margot Says:

The crowd was horrendous at an O2 match between Andy and Fed. As you say Kimberly, “in his own country” too. Raonic was put off, or allowed himself to be put off, in the first tie against JMDP.
Meanwhile rumours going round Nole and Agassi have split. VP/ WB, any truth in there?


Wog Boy Says:

Yes Margot, Agassi left because of irreconcilable differences as he stated, it was a matter of time and absolutely no surprise for me. Nobody serious in their right mind will accept to coach this Nole.
He completely lost it, his mind is poisoned, he can’t think straight and whatever he is doing he is doing in spite and destroying his legacy.
What a sad way to finish one of the greatest career in tennis.


Van Persie Says:

Not a surprise for me either…The shoker came for me last year, when he split up with Vajda and the team, which was with Nole over a decade


Markus Says:

Maybe Djokovic, like a prodigal son, should return to Vajda and listen to him before anybody else. He was at his best with Vajda on his side. He also seems to care for Novak not just as a coach but almost like a father figure. They were together for so long that the split was disheartening. Maybe even Djokovic feels that in a subconscious level which somehow affects his performance negatively. Tennis is better with an in-form Djokovic.


Margot Says:

I’m so sorry you feel this way VP. I do hope it isn’t “the finish.” All Andy fans hope he ends his career on his own terms, and I hope Nole can too.


Okiegal Says:

I have to agree….. I believe Novak’s career went down hill when he split with Vajda…..bummer! I just can’t help but think that Novak will make a come back…..geez he’s just too talented not to. What is really up with him?? I think it’s something deeper than his injury…. in house problems maybe?? It’s really a sad deal…….


AndyMira Says:

Everyone go through some bad phase in their career…Fed in 2013…Rafa in 2015..DelPo..and now Nole & Andy…It’s nature thingy..can’t stop this thing…whoever at the top will go down some day..and whoever at the bottom will take place..and this cycle will continue till they retire…As a fan,i will wait patiently for Andy & Nole to make a comeback & be at their best once again…Never say never!


Daniel Says:

What’s worrying is that his shots lack power. A lot of aspect of his former game are still there. But overall is like his shots don’t hurt anybody anymore. Add to that the lost aura and players wanting to beat him, things are gonna get harder each match.

He needs to win a match asap. Another first round loss in MC will be devastating.


Giles Says:

There was a reason why AA refused to be paid for coaching joker. And it wasn’t out of the goodness of his heart. Well that decision paid dividends. He just ups and leaves joker in the lurch with no responsibility or come backs on his part. What a louse! 😡😡😡😡😡


Kimberly Says:

What was annoying was most of these people weren’t tennis fans, it wasn’t a we love Del Potro thing like it was for Federer v kyrgios. It was preferring Argentina to USA . I’m telling you these people were the soccer crowd not tennis fans and they had no idea how to behave at a match. The ole ole and jeering was terrible


Markus Says:

The crowd better cheer for Isner over Zverev. Miami is still in the USA, isn’t it?


Markus Says:

…or at least not be as boorish as they were in the del Potro matches.


AndyMira Says:

I love the crowds at Wimby…when the player’s is about to serve..they’re all gone very quiet in an instant…full credit to them!


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…… I will cheer for a tiebreaker that goes on and on and on and……….. 😂😂😂


skeezer Says:

Maybe they shouldn’t allow DC fans into ATP tournaments. I get the zeal but I don’t get yelling during a service motion. WTF?


Margot Says:

Skeeze: Kimberly would know this, but is there a lot of alcohol around? That often explains poor behaviour. Certainly it does at the O2.


skeezer Says:

“..alcohol around? That often explains poor behaviour. ”
Eeeks. You just explained me ;)


Margot Says:

^ Lol :) Nothing escapes me….be afraid, be very afraid….;)


Okiegal Says:

Alcohol and coke???? 😱😱 😝😝


Kimberly Says:

Whole stadium reeks of alchohol there is so much


Kimberly Says:

On my way to final


Margot Says:

Enjoy xx

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