On a packed Tuesday full of men’s fourth round matches, Daniil Medvedev had to rally from a break down to beat Jenson Brooksby 7-5, 6-1.
The steady American grabbed a quick break over the world No. 2 and held on until serving for the set at 5-4 when things unraveled. Medvedev broke for 5-all and proceeded to run away with the match. The Russian and Brooksby play a similar game, but Medvedev is better in all departments and it showed in the end. Medvedev took 10 of the last 11 games to return to the Miami quarters.
“Jenson has the potential to be a top player,” Medvedev told the crowd. “He is really good and plays better than his ranking. I knew it was not going to be an easy match. I had no solutions at the beginning. The crucial moment was when I managed to make him serve for the set and he got a little bit tight and I played a bit better.”
Medvedev will have a day off before meeting Hubert Hurkacz on Thursday. Hurkacz continued his title defense dismissing Lloyd Harris 7-6(3), 6-2.
Also in the top half, Miomir Kecmanovic ended the run of Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Fritz, who beat Kecmanovic en route to the Indian Wells title last week, had his eight match win streak snapped.
The 22-year-old Kecmanovic reaches his third Masters quarterfinal, first in Miami.
Kecmanovic on Thursday will be a big underdog against Carlos Alcaraz. The 18-year-old came from a break down in the first to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3. Alcaraz beat Tsitsipas in a thriller at the US Open, and the start today was no different as both players were in full form. The Greek, though, was playing well but couldn’t serve out the first set, and his momentum was gone.
“It was really, really tough. He was playing unbelievable,” Alcaraz said. “All I can say is I fought until the last ball in the first set come back.”
In the bottom half, Alexander Zverev quietly moved on to a third Miami quarterfinal by knocking out Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-4.
“I wanted to shorten the points as it was quite hot,” Zverev said on court. “Thanasi is a very aggressive player so I tried to take that away from him. I was returning the second serve quite well. I kept putting pressure on him and kept being aggressive and it worked out well.”
Zverev is back tomorrow to face former Indian Wells winner Cameron Norrie who advanced to his seventh career Masters quarter (first in Miami) by easing past Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4.
Jannik Sinner kept his hopes of returning to the finals ending the run of Nick Kyrgios 7-6(3), 6-3.
Kyrgios was assessed a point penalty late in the first set breaker and after the set, chair umpire Carlos Bernades handed the Australian a game penalty giving Sinner a break to start the second.
Krygios complained the Grandstand court played too differently. Then he got in trouble for talking about the chair to a fan, though Krygios claimed otherwise. That prompted a point penalty and then a game for the post-first set racquet smash.
Kyrgios later took to twitter, “‘You could do the job of the umpire’ – what was said to my best friend that got me ‘unsportsmanlike code violation’ at 5-3 in the first set tie break. With 100 of thousands of dollars on the line that was the decision he made because the umpires ‘feelings got hurt. GET NEW PEOPLE
“Don’t get it twisted. I got mad respect for @janniksin ⚡️⚡️ he is one of my favourite players and he was TOO GOOD. I am aiming all of this at an umpire who clearly ISNT GOOD ENOUGH to be doing these matches. Nothing but a slap on the wrist for him right? What a joke.”
Sinner is back tomorrow to take on the surprising Francisco Cerundolo. Argentine brother, Juan Manuel, lost to Frances Tiafoe in the third round, so today it was Francisco’s turn and he upheld the family name. Tiafoe was bothered late by a back injury which helped Cerundolo 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-2.
The 23-year-old Cerundolo is appearing in his first Masters event and he had never before won a tour match on hard courts (0-2) until Miami.
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