Murray Outlasts Berrettini, Osaka Advances At Miami Masters; Nishikori, Rybakina Thurs.

by Staff | March 21st, 2024, 1:45 am
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The match of the day lived up to the hype Wednesday at the Miami Masters as 2-time tournament champion Andy Murray outlasted Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours, 48 minutes to advance to the second round.

Playing in his first tour-level match since the US Open, Berrettini had taken the opener behind his booming serve back late in the second nearly fell over while trying to serve due to a bout of dizziness. After an assessment by the doctor, Berrettini continued but really couldn’t offer much against Murray in the decider.

“It was obviously a great win for me,” said Murray. “I started off a little bit slow, but I do think I played pretty well from the middle of the first set until the end of the match. I created a lot of opportunities and he was struggling for a little bit at the end of the second and beginning of the third. I capitalized on that and got off to a quick start in the third. I served it out well in the end.”


Murray moves on toface Tomas Martin Etcheverry on Friday.

Also on opening day of the men’s draw, American youngsters Alex Michelson and Martin Damm, Jr. advanced while 16-year-old Darwin Blanch fell to Tomas Machac in straight sets.

In the women’s draw, local favorite and former champion Sloane Stephens ousted Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-3. For Stephens it was a great win on her 31st birthday!

Naomi Osaka scored a good win over Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3, 6-4 and Donna Vekic downed Karolina Pliskova in three sets.

“Honestly, this is probably the most free that I was able to hit my balls, like, the closest to the feeling I want to capture going forward,” Osaka said. “I would say this is probably my best match in terms of shot-making. I felt like the balls I wanted to hit were there. I’m pretty happy with this one.”

On Thursday, the men finish their first round with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Gael Monfils and Kei Nishikori headlining. The oft-injured Nishikori makes his return to tennis for the first time since Atlanta last summer.

The women’s begin their second round with Caroline Wozniacki meeting Alina Kalinina. 2023 finalist Elena Rybakina, Maria Sakkari are also in action and 2009 winner Victoria Azarenka takes on spunky American Peyton Stearns.

THURSDAY MIAMI MASTERS SCHEDULE
Stadium – 12pm
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs (Q) Adam Walton
1:00 p.m.
(8) Maria Sakkari vs Yuan Yue
Diana Shnaider vs (17) Madison Keys

7:00 p.m.
Dusan Lajovic vs Gael Monfils
8:30 p.m.
(Q) Clara Tauson vs (4) Elena Rybakina

Grandstand – 11am
Diane Parry vs (11) Beatriz Haddad Maia
Sebastian Ofner vs (WC) Kei Nishikori
Lorenzo Sonego vs Dan Evans
(Q) Emilio Nava vs (Q) Roberto Bautista Agut
7:00 p.m.
Peyton Stearns vs (27) Victoria Azarenka


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11 Comments for Murray Outlasts Berrettini, Osaka Advances At Miami Masters; Nishikori, Rybakina Thurs.

Alison hodge Says:

Murray played really well, nice to see he can still do that, really good to see, rolling back the years


skeezer Says:

Got to give Murray some props, he is still a competitor!


Okiegal Says:

Sir Andrew was a happy camper after his match today! Loved his celebration….. he’s feeling it! Good to see him competing again. I’ve missed him. He’s always been a favorite of mine! Go Andy go! 🎾🎾🎾


chrisford1 Says:

Problem with Murray is he hasn’t won anything in 7 years. He is slowed down, he is no longer a 1st tier player. Hanging around for his sponsors and appearance fees. Sort of like the undead Venus Williams.

Andy hasn’t even made it past the 3rd Round in a Masters in over 7 years.
His career as a top player was over before any of the Big 3. Andy just doesn’t know he is past due on retiring. He never really came back from his 2017 injury and he is the 3rd oldest player on the ATP Tour behind Stan and Gaels Monfils.

On the woman’s side – Venus will be 44 in June. Ranked 1016th. Hard for her to chase down balls. But 8th highest paid female tennis player due to sponsors still shoveling her millions as the “Nice” Williams Sista.


Alison hodge Says:

Andy wrote on the camera, life in the old dog yet, it’s obvious that he still loves to complete, so let’s just let him do that, no expectations….


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,
I second that.

PS
It is really embarrassing that they keep giving Venus WCs denying young players (without money) chance to to compete and make some much needed money to, is Venus by any chance Scottish, slightly different skin colour?


chrisford1 Says:

WB – Women’s tennis and men’s tennis are different sports. On the men’s side, being at the top of the game, winning big events drives recognition, endorsements. On the woman’s side image matters most. They must win at least 1 Slam or reach #1 without winning a Slam (yet not be stamped as a loser #1 who couldn’t perform at the highest level like poor unattractive Dinara Safina was as she choked in Slams).

Lady Slam winners or #1 players are Stars. A marketing force. Future winning not necessary. Sponsors flood in. Sharapova made more money each year after she won Wimbledon than Serena did, each year. Then leftist forces stepped in a decade and a half ago and demanded “inspiring female minorities” get the full star & sponsor deals.

Which seem to have benefited Venus in particular. 16 years since Venus won a Slam. Has only won 2 games in tour since 2019. Very nice woman, a famous name – but should she still get automatic wild cards her sponsors demand? Should she be the 8th highest paid female tennis pro? No, that is absurd. But that is the situation. 12.1 million dollars in 2023 just to show up, get appearance fees, do meet and greets, lose in the first round, and then do sponsor vids and photoshoots.

On the woman’s side of sports, Venus does stand as an embarrassing example of how female image matters more than “female winning” in the marketplace.
You will never see a 52 year old perhaps pudgy and bald Rafa shuffling out on court to lose again in 2038, 16 years after he last won a Slam. And be the 8th highest paid men’s player on tour. Fans would not accept that in the men’s side of tennis.


Wog Boy Says:

“…life in the old dog yet…”

As a Scottish, Andy should know when it is time to retire a dog, when it can’t round up sheep anymore, just let the dog enjoy the life in the paddock.


Wog Boy Says:

@CF1,

Thanks for the reply, much appreciated 👍


chrisford1 Says:

PS, WB, I had a roar at the two highly UN-PC Aussie cops.

And lets both celebrate different rules and markets for male and female players to be marketable stars – with one great example – Ana Ivanovic.

I’m OK with Andy spending a few years struggling to get back to being a top player. But the comeback never came, it should have been clear to him it wasn’t happening. Maybe deep down he is scared of doing something else. Needs to talk to other star players who are out of tennis now about his 2nd act.


Wog Boy Says:

Well, it looks like Nole is closing down the shop, he parted his way with Goran, the signs were there when he parted his way at the end of last year with his manager for 15 years.
My wild guess he will retire after Olympics.


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