Murray Falls In Thriller At Miami Masters, Swiatek, Sinner Win In 3; Gauff v Garcia

by Staff | March 25th, 2024, 10:07 am
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Andy Murray nearly rolled back the clock all the way Sunday at the Miami Masters, extending an in-form Tomas Machac to the brink before losing 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5).

The near 3-hour, 30-minute had it all from Murray. The former No. 1 appeared in agony after turning his left ankle at 4-5 in the third, only to recover.

His faithful in the stands watched as he saved a match point at 5-6 and then built 4-2 and 5-3 leads in the final set breaker.

Machac, though, at the end was too strong off the backhand and his aggressive mindset paid off in a huge win to reach his first Masters final 16.

“It’s always a pleasure to share the court with such a great legend. So first of all, I’m happy that I can play this long match against him. But on the opposite, I don’t want to play so long!” Machac told the crowd on court.

Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner rallied from a set down to defeat Tallon Griekspoor 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. After a brief rain delay at 7-5, 3-3, the Italian won 10 of the last 13 games.

Daniil Medvedev continued his title defense with a good win over Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-1 and Holger Rune was blasted by Fabian Marozsan 6-1, 6-1.

In the women’s draw, Caroline Garcia took care of Naomi Osaka once again, knocking out the former No. 1 7-6(4), 7-5. She’ll now face today Coco Gauff who won the last 10 games in a 6-4, 6-0 win over lucky loser Oceane Dodin.

Jessica Pegula eased past Leylah Fernandez and world No. 1 Iga Swiatek dropped the first before rallying past Linda Noskova 5-7(7), 6-4, 6-4.

“I’m happy that I’m through to the next round. Yeah, for sure it wasn’t easy,” Swiatek said. “There were just many ups and downs. Yeah, I’m happy that after the first set, I had a better idea of what to do, and I just tried to do that in important moments.”

Also today, on a full day of fourth round play on the women’s side, Swiatek returns to face Ekaterina Alexandrova, Elena Rybakina meets Madison Keys and Pegula plays Emma Navarro.

In men’s third round action, former champion Carlos Alcaraz gets Gael Monfils, Alexander Zverev takes on Chris Eubanks and Sebastian Korda collides with former champion Hubert Hurkacz.

Stadium – 12pm
(4) Alexander Zverev vs (31) Christopher Eubanks
1:00 p.m.
(4) Elena Rybakina vs (17) Madison Keys
(3) Coco Gauff vs (23) Caroline Garcia

7:00 p.m.
(1) Carlos Alcaraz vs Gael Monfils
8:30 p.m.
(1) Iga Swiatek vs (14) Ekaterina Alexandrova

Grandstand – 11am
(8) Maria Sakkari vs (22) Anna Kalinskaya
(9) Alex de Minaur vs (24) Jan-Lennard Struff
(8) Hubert Hurkacz vs (28) Sebastian Korda
(11) Grigor Dimitrov vs Yannick Hanfmann

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