Djokovic Bounced Out Of Miami By Bautista Agut; Federer-Medvedev Rain Delayed
by Staff | March 27th, 2019, 11:29 am
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Novak Djokovic’s struggles in March and against Roberto Bautista Agut continued Tuesday in Miami. The 6-time champion was bounced by the Spaniard 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round, his fourth straight early exit in Masters play in March.

It was also his third straight defeat on hard courts to the Spaniard.

Djokovic, though, was in complete control of the match early on, winning seven of the first eight games. Rain delays played havoc late in the second at 5-all, then the Serb was out of sorts in the decider.

“He’s a solid player. Congratulations to him definitely for a great comeback,” Djokovic said. “But this kind of match I should not have lost. So many opportunities. Just way too many wasted opportunities. This is what happens when you don’t capitalize on time.”

Bautista Agut reaches his first Miami quarterfinal.

“I played more aggressive. I tried to miss fewer balls, to be really concentrated on the beginning of the point with my serve, with my return. At the end, it worked well,” Bautista Agut said.

Next for Bautista Agut will be defending champion John Isner who edged Kyle Edmund 7-6(5), 7-6(3). Edmund was ahead 4-1 in the first set breaker but dropped six of the next seven points.

The youth brigade was in full movement Tuesday. Denis Shapovalov closed out a late evening thriller over Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) which ended just before 1:40am.

“I knew Stefanos was going to be a tough match. I was ready for a long battle and, sure enough, it went the distance,” said Shapovalov. “I’m just happy with the way I controlled myself and the way I played today.”

Shapovalov will meet another NextGenner in Frances Tiafoe on Thursday. The American took down former Miami semifinalist David Goffin 7-5, 7-6(6).

“It’s always great to play Frances. We’re really good buddies and I think very highly of him. He’s going to be a great champion and he’s got a really bright future ahead of him,” said Shapovalov. “It’s going to be an exciting match. We’re both shotmakers, so I’m just ready for another fun [and] tough match.”

Shapovalov won’t be the only Canadian teen in the last eight of Miami. Eighteen-year-old qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime continued to blossom becoming the youngest Maimi quarterfinals since Andy Roddick in 2001 by beating Nikolaz Basilashvili 7-6(4), 6-4.

“It was about finding ways. I think in the tie-break, I was able to be a bit more solid and pressure him a little bit more, and it really made a difference,” said Auger-Aliassime, who will next face 11th seed Borna Coric. “After, I felt like I had an edge over him in the second set, being up a break twice and being able to secure my serve at the end. So it was more my way then.”

Tonight, the youngster will meet Borna Coric who dispatched Nick Kyrgios in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The Roger Federer – Daniil Medvedev match was called due to rain last night. It will be played today with Kevin Anderson awaiting the winner tomorrow in the quarters. Isner and Bautista Agut will also square off this afternoon.

WEDNESDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
Stadium 1:00 Pm
QF 18 Qiang Wang v 2 Simona Halep
Not Before 3:00 Pm
4th Rd 13 Daniil Medvedev v 4 Roger Federer
Followed By
QF 22 Roberto Bautista Agut v 7 John Isner
Not Before 7:00 Pm
QF 5 Karolina Pliskova v Marketa Vondrousova
Not Before 9:00 Pm
QF (Q) Felix AugerAliassime v 11 Borna Coric


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19 Comments for Djokovic Bounced Out Of Miami By Bautista Agut; Federer-Medvedev Rain Delayed

jatin Says:

Medvedev playing very well. Great match so far


jatin Says:

Fed is hitting amazing forehands.


jatin Says:

Very Fun match so far, including a 35 shots of mostly backhand duel
4-4


jatin Says:

Very different approach from fed today. Feeding slices and engaging in long rallies.
Already two over 30+ shots rallies.
He broke.


FedExpress Says:

Fed wins the set aftee saving 3 BPs in a row.

But makes the same mistake all the time when has all the advantage. Serving at 0-15 he got a short ball. Instead to play to his right where the whole court was open he played it back to Daniil and went 0-30.

It isnt that he does it once or twice. He does it so often especially on big points. Maybe thats because he is too instinctiv.


jatin Says:

Fed playing amazing.
Up a set and a break


jatin Says:

He is having fun on court right now


jatin Says:

FedExpress
Yes, I think he prefers to play his forehand cross court in big rallies, rather than going inside out or down the line. Probably because of less risk factor.


jatin Says:

MAGIC half volley by Fed


FedExpress Says:

Feds first serve % is 89 %. Even in his last match it was some 80%.


jatin Says:

He is 2/2 in break points too. Great stuff.


jatin Says:

Fed’s magic on full display today. Jaw dropping stuff.


FedExpress Says:

What a performance


skeezer Says:

Magic stuff from the 37 yr old in the shade. Go Fed.
#GOAT


FedExpress Says:

Just like IW, the draw has openend up and he is the highest sees left. Hope he makes it count this time.


Kimberly Says:

just returned from the tournament watched Federer Medvedev and isner bautista.

FIrst off Federer was stunning. ANd seems mentally invested in this tournament. Its hard to see anyone left in the draw beating him. Medvedev has a beautiful and solid two hand strong back hand and a good serve and he was just outdone and unable to produce.

THe fans here just love him. Except for federers matches the stadium half empty. it is a total mob scene when he comes on and leaves the court.

THen the Isner match. A serving clinic. First serve high percentage and consistently in the 130s. Second kicks up over the opponents head. Rarely a look at t a break point. Zero rythum in the rallies because he either hits a forehand winner or wildly misses. Bautista Agut who is the ultimate calm professional was clearly frustrated at his inability to get the point to neutral where he would clearly get a huge advantage.

I sat five rows behind the players box. I had Mirka and Fed parents first and then Bautistisa Agut box with his pretty wife too.

ANyway, only going at night tomorrow so I will report Friday!


Rima Zobayan Says:

Have fun Kimberly! Thanks for the updates


skeezer Says:

Thanks for sharing your experience Kimberly!


Giles Says:

Keep taking the pills Fed, keep taking the pills. They work! Lol


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