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Just two days after turning 18 years old, Nicola Kuhn gave himself the best birthday gift possible — the #NextGenATP Spaniard defeated qualifier Darian King 7-6 (4), 6-4, in one hour and 42 minutes at the Miami Open presented by Itau to become the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour match since 17-year-old Rafael Nadal defeated a 17-year-old Richard Gasquet in the second round at 2004 Estoril.
And not only was this the Spaniard’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 main-draw match, but it was Kuhn's second tour-level match overall. 
"This is a special day for me," Kuhn said following his win on Court 7 in Miami. "It was a very tough match. I'm happy with today's victory, but now I need to focus on my next match.”
Kuhn, who will play No. 15 seed Fabio Fognini, isn't the first Spaniard to clinch his inaugural ATP World Tour victory this year. In January, Ricardo Ojeda Lara defeated Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-6(5) to earn his first win; Carlos Taberner notched his maiden win one month later by defeating Norbert Gombos 7-6(5), 7-6(1) at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Kuhn has been in form since claiming his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title at Braunschweig in July 2017. He credits his work off the court to his success and insists that his work ethic will lift him to future triumphs.
"I've put in my time over the years to get to where I am," Kuhn said. "People here [on the ATP World Tour] have a lot more experience than I have. I have to play matches, learn — whether I win or lose — and ultimately seize opportunities and give my all."
Kuhn knows that while his triumph was one he won’t forget, he will keep pushing himself to play his very best.
"The key is to just go out there at every tournament and see what's my limit,” Kuhn said. “Playing [Fognini] will be tough, but I can make it interesting. I just want to enjoy myself out there."

Roger Federer remembers well his first professional match at Crandon Park, home to the Miami Open presented by Itau for the last time in 2018. It was 1999, the Swiss star’s first season on the ATP World Tour and he was handed a wild card into the tournament in which he drew Denmark’s Kenneth Carlsen.
Federer, then No. 125 in the ATP Rankings, lost that first-round match 7-5, 7-6(4). The Dane would go on to beat Goran Ivanisevic in the next round before Francisco Clavet ended his run.
Only a year prior, Federer had won the prestigious Orange Bowl junior championships. He would later claim the 1998 junior Wimbledon title on his way to ending the year as the World No. 1 junior.
“I mean, I was excited,” Federer said. “I don't know when I found out that I was going to get the wild card for the '99 Miami Open. That was a big deal. Unfortunately I played a horrible match, terrible attitude in that match, lost first round.
“But in the juniors, I played some great players. I remember beating [David] Nalbandian in the semis and [Guillermo] Coria in the finals on this very court. Yeah, my memories of Key Biscayne go way back.
“I guess I finished as World No. 1 junior after winning that final. I needed to win to clinch it. Then after that I figured, well… who knows? I could become World No. 1 in the pros but still a long way away, but you start to have a dream, and I think it helped me to win the Orange Bowl here in that year.”
Three times the Swiss has gone on to claim the Miami title in his career, including in 2017 when he defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the final. He will open his 17th campaign against #NextGen Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The 36-year-old arrives in Miami on the back of a thrilling final defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro in Indian Wells, where three championship points slipped from his grasp. It snapped his career-best start to a season (17-0).
“It always takes a few days to recover from a busy and high-intensity weekend,” Federer said. “Regardless of how difficult the match was physically, you still have a letdown emotionally, because you're drained from that perspective… You’re emotionally drained after every final, regardless if you win or lose.
“I'm happy about how I played and how I felt afterwards. Didn't take me a whole lot of time to get over it, to be honest, because I felt like it could have gone either way. Unfortunately I wasn't on the winner's side because maybe I have had enough luck throughout the last 14 months on my side of the court, so it's OK to lose some.”
Despite Nadal’s absence from the tournament, Federer must reach at least the quarter-finals to retain his grip on the No. 1 ATP Ranking. It remains among his greatest motivators. 
“Winning tournaments, I guess trying to stay world No. 1,” he said. “At this point, because I'm so close, everything is so tight. Stay injury-free, enjoy myself, try to beat the best players that are out there.
“Yeah, that's it. And just enjoy it from that perspective. Then obviously there is a lot of family and friends and that stuff, the more important things that I care a lot about.”

9) Novak Djokovic vs. Benoit Paire
Competing with his elbow pain-free for the "first days in a long, long time", Novak Djokovic will open his bid to pull clear of his coach Andre Agassi’s tied record of six Miami Open presented by Itau titles on Friday when he squares off against Frenchman Benoit Paire. Djokovic is on a 16-match winnning streak in Miami, sweeping titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before missing last year’s tournament with a right elbow injury. He has also won 21 consecutive matches against Frenchmen and 58 of 59 overall since leading Serbia past France in the 2010 Davis Cup final. The Serbian fell to No. 109 in the ATP Rankings, Taro Daniel, in the second round in Indian Wells leading in. He has beaten Paire in their lone prior FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter in Cincinnati 2015. Paire opened his season with back-to-back semi-finals in Pune (l. to Anderson) and Sydney (l. to De Minaur). He bowed out in the first round in Indian Wells (l. to Krueger).
[ALSO LIKE] 5) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Robin Haase
Djokovic has completed the “Sunshine Double” a record four times and on Friday, Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro will begin his attempt to achieve the feat for a first time when he opens his Miami campaign against Robin Haase. In one of the most thrilling ATP World Tour finals of the season the 29-year-old on Sunday claimed his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, saving three championship points with victory over Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final. The Argentine has nine wins over World No. 1s, most of any player never ranked No. 1 themselves. The No. 6 in the ATP Rankings has won 11 straight matches after his back-to-back title in Acapulco and Indian Wells and has a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Haase, including a straight-set victory in the 2017 Miami Open second round. 2) Marin Cilic vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert
After the greatest start to a season in his career, Marin Cilic arrives in Miami with a Top 2 seeding for the first time and a desire to make up big points following his first-round departure last season (l. to Chardy). The Croatian opened with 2018 with a semi-final in Pune before he reached his third Grand Slam final at the Australian Open (l. to Federer in five sets) and a subsequent career-high No. 3 in the ATP Rankings. He beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the quarter-final in Pune in their only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head clash. Herbert beat #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz in the opening round and is coming off his first ATP Masters 1000 round of 16 appearance last week in Indian Wells (l. to Kohschreiber)7) David Goffin vs. Joao Sousa
Belgian David Goffin makes his return after an eye injury from a ball forced his retirement in Rotterdam during a semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov. The 27-year-old had reached back-to-back semi-finals after his run in Montpellier (l. to Gasquet) the week before. Goffin’s best result in Miami is a semi-final two years ago (l. to Djokovic). He leads Portugal’s Joao Sousa 4-0 in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series, although Sousa did win a third-round Roland Garros qualifying match in 2012. No. 80 in the ATP Rankings, Sousa is coming off his third victory over a Top 10 opponent leading in, after a come-from-behind upset of No. 5 Alexander Zverev in the second round in Indian Wells (l. to Raonic in 3R). The 29-year-old downed Ryan Harrison in the opening round in Miami.3) Grigor Dimitrov vs. Maximilian Marterer
After opening his season with a semi-final showing in Brisbane (l. to Kyrgios) and a quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open (l. to Edmund), Dimitrov  reached the Rotterdam final (l. to Federer), his first since claiming last year’s Nitto ATP Finals. The third-seeded Bulgarian has fallen first round in his subsequent two events (Dubai l. to Jaziri and Indian Wells l. to Verdasco). Twice he has reached the fourth round in Miami. He will open his 2018 Miami campaign against German Maximilian Marterer. The pair has never played. Marterer beat Marton Fucsovics in his opening match and comes off a second-round appearance in Indian Wells (l. to Berdych), where he saved a match point to defeat Ivo Karlovic.

Jared Donaldson hardly had a regular schooling life. The American, who grew up in Rhode Island in the U.S.A., moved to Argentina when he was 14 to train for two and a half years. But Donaldson, still only 21, has knowledge beyond his years.
During this “On The Line” Q&A with, Donaldson, who next faces 25th seed Feliciano Lopez at the Miami Open presented by Itau, discusses the "light topics" he's been reading lately, including books on leveraged buyouts and the classic Atlas Shrugged. Donaldson also shares what he might like to do years from now after his tennis career finishes.What was the last book you read?For a while I was reading a lot of books on options trading and the stock market but recently I've been really interested in private equity. I'm reading a book right now called Barbarians At The Gate. It focuses on the LBO [leveraged buyout] industry, broadly on the LBO industry in the '80s but more specifically it's about the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. That has really peaked my interest in LBOs.
[ALSO LIKE]How did you get into such topics?I was always interested in making a lot of money. My dad would watch the news, and I'd always hear about big business transactions.
When I was in probably third grade, my dad gave both my sister and I a Scottrade account of $3,000 or so. He gave me control fully to do whatever I wanted. At the time I was really young, so I didn't really know really what was going on. I think I bought Home Depot, Nike – companies I liked and knew about... And then that developed my interest farther into the world of finance.After tennis, you might be an investment banker?I can't say right now exactly what I would like to do, but something investment banking or private equity, which is kind of a broad range of topics, and then maybe specialise into something I like to do more or what fascinates me on a smaller scale.What other books have you read lately?The Option Trader's Hedge Fund. That one I really liked. Trading Options Like A Professional. I read a book about scrap metal, thought maybe I'll be a commodities trader someday. And then various books on the stock market, technical analysis, and fundamentals.
The historic world leader you admire the most and why?Probably George Washington. How he was able to navigate the country from post-war into a prosperous country. He helped develop it and set the standards for prosperous leaders and a prosperous nation. I think it something that's extremely admirable.Favourite book of all-timeAtlas Shrugged. Something that really resonated with me was its idea of individualism. Throughout my entire life, the way I've always thought is I can do anything I set my mind to. I think that having that type of quality is a big part of individualism... Honestly I've never really read another book quite like it. It was really interesting to me, and definitely shaped some ideas about myself and how I want to be as a person and so forth.Read More: Donaldson Remembers The First Time He Was Recognised: 'Rock On, Bro! I Love You'When did you read that?I read it last year. It also helped my tennis. I remember so vividly this one passage in the book. They were talking about the idea of instead of getting frustrated at a competitor, in whatever industry you work for, it wasn't about getting mad at that person or feeling a sense of inadequacy; it was about trying to learn as much as you can from that person, and thanking that person. Because people like that allow you to get better at whatever you're trying to do or whatever you're trying to pursue. Honestly that was one of the most clear passages I have from the book.
So instead of feeling like, 'Why can't I beat these guys?' I realised, for a sense, you have to thank your competitors because they're the ones that are pushing you to get better. That's how I started to try to look at things.Person you admire the most besides your parentsMuhammad Ali. I was probably 5 years old when I discovered him, and he was so captivating with his self confidence. You could tell he obviously believed it... I was watching ESPN Classic and a special on Muhammad Ali came on and that's how I discovered him.My tennis career will be a success if I...My tennis career will be successful if at the end of it, regardless of how it turns out, if I felt that I went to the court each day and gave it my best and tried my hardest and did everything possible that I could to be a successful tennis player. If I do that, I don't think I can really have any regrets.

#NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov was made to work hard on Thursday as he made a winning start on his Miami Open presented by Itau debut. The 18-year-old led Viktor Troicki of Serbia 5-1 in the third set and required six match points to wrap up a 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6) victory in two hours and 27 minutes. He’ll now prepare to meet No. 24 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia & Herzegovina in the second round.
Troicki, who reached the fourth round in 2009 and 2011, lost six first-service points in the first two sets, but Shapovalov regained the momentum by winning four games in a row from 1-1 in the decider. The World No. 46 then failed to convert two match point opportunities at 5-1 and, in a tense end to the third set, Troicki worked his way back – recovering from 0/40 and a further three match points in the 10th game. The pair’s second meeting (2017 Rolex Shanghai Masters) was decided on a tie-break, which saw Shapovalov win the first three points.Watch Hot Shot: Troicki Strikes Backhand Pass
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Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka started his Miami campaign in confident fashion by beating #NextGenATP Australian qualifier Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in 77 minutes. He will now square-off against tenth-seeded Czech and 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych, who Nishioka beat en route to the 2017 BNP Paribas Open fourth round.
Elsewhere, Spanish wild card Nicola Kuhn recorded his first ATP World Tour match win in a hard-fought 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Darian King of Barbados in one hour and 42 minutes for a second-round clash against Italian No. 15 seed Fabio Fognini, the Brasil Open titlist in February.

Directing first serves out wide in the Ad court will bring significantly more shorter returns than hitting them wide in the Deuce court.
The primary reason is that right-handed returners must hit a backhand return in the Ad court, and we now know that depth is a real issue with this specific shot from out wide. An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of more than 17,000 wide returns against first serves in both the Deuce and Ad courts hit by current players in the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings uncovers this hidden strategic anomaly.
The data set of 17,705 wide first serve returns comes from ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events and Nitto ATP Finals from 2011-2018. Return depth is divided up into three categories.
1. Short = In the service box.
2. Middle = Behind the service line (but closer to the service line than baseline).
3. Deep = Closer to the baseline than the service line.
Return depth to the middle area was the most constant between the Deuce and Ad courts, only varying 1.9 percentage points (49.7% to 47.8%).
The larger percentage swings were primarily from short returns in the service box and deep returns back near the baseline. There was a significant 5.4 percentage difference in short returns, and a 3.6 percentage point swing in deep returns hit between the Deuce and Ad courts.Wide Return Location Deuce Ct & Ad Ct: Return Depth = Short / Middle / Long
Wide Return LocationShortMiddleDeep
Ad Court
Deuce Court
Quite clearly, making first serves out wide in the Ad court (to a right hander’s backhand return) will bring a lot more short, attackable balls back in the service box for the server to feast on.Deuce Court Wide Returns
Former World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are at either ends of the spectrum regarding return depth from the Deuce court. Out of the current Top 20, Nadal hit the most amount of short returns in the service box (his backhand return) at 31.8 per cent, while Djokovic hits the least, at only 17.9 per cent.Deuce Court: Return Depth from Wide Serves
7Dominic Thiem
13Tomas Berdych
4Grigor Dimitrov
6Juan Martin Del Potro
12Novak Djokovic
16Diego Schwartzman
15Roberto Bautista Agut
1Roger Federer
17John Isner
19Pablo Carreno Busta
8Kevin Anderson
20Nick Kyrgios
11Jack Sock
10Lucas Pouille
9David Goffin
3Marin Cilic
18Fabio Fognini
5Alexander Zverev
2Rafael Nadal
14Sam Querrey
Dominic Thiem hit the highest amount of deep returns, at 33.7 per cent, while Sam Querrey struggled the most to get Deuce court forehand returns deep, averaging only 20.7 per cent.Ad Court Wide Returns
Djokovic was also the peak performer in keeping his first serve returns out of the service box in the Ad court, only hitting 21.6 per cent of his returns there. The Serb also hit the most amount in the deep section (28.9%), followed by Kevin Anderson (26.9%), Grigor Dimitrov (26.4%) and Dominic Thiem (26.1%).Ad Court: Return Depth from Wide Serves
12Novak Djokovic
8Kevin Anderson
4Grigor Dimitrov
7Dominic Thiem
9David Goffin
18Fabio Fognini
13Tomas Berdych
17John Isner
1Roger Federer
3Marin Cilic
14Sam Querrey
6Juan Martin Del Potro
16Diego Schwartzman
2Rafael Nadal
11Jack Sock
10Lucas Pouille
5Alexander Zverev
15Roberto Bautista Agut
19Pablo Carreno Busta
20Nick Kyrgios
What’s the action plan from this insightful new data? Make sure you have got a solid wide first serve in the Ad court to take advantage of short backhand returns, and if you are on the receiving side of the equation, add a little more height to your Ad court return to give it the extra wings it needs to make it deep back near the baseline.

Denis Shapovalov vs. Viktor Troicki
Seven months after announcing his presence with back-to-back wins over Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal en route to the Coupe Rogers semi-finals, Denis Shapovalov will make his Miami Open presented by Itau debut on Thursday. The #NextGenATP Canadian reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final at the Delray Beach Open (l. to eventual champion Tiafoe) in February. Three of his losses this season have come against Top 15 opponents. The 18-year-old, at No. 46 in the ATP Rankings, fell in the second round in Indian Wells (l. to Cuevas) leading in. Troicki, No. 68 in the ATP Rankings, leads the duo’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series 1-0 after a three-set triumph in Shanghai last. The Serbian won his sixth straight victory in a five-set match at the Australian Open to start his year (d. Bolt, l. to Kyrgios in 2R). Bosnian 24th seed Damir Dzumhur awaits the winner in round two.View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following matches from the 2018 Miami Open presented by Itaú & vote for who you think will win! Shapovalov vs Troicki | Medvedev vs Tsitsipas | de Minaur vs Nishioka
 [GROUP POLL]116[/GROUP POLL]Frances Tiafoe vs. Nicolas KickerComing off a maiden ATP World Tour title last month, #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe will appear in his second Miami main draw. The World No. 63 takes on 25-year-old Argentine Nicolas Kicker for the first time in his opening match. The 20-year-old Tiafoe downed Shapovalov, Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung and his childhood idol Juan Martin Del Potro en route to the Delray Beach Open title before a first-round exit against compatriot Ernest Escobedo in Indian Wells. Kicker defeated No. 26 seed Dzumhur on his way to the third round in Indian Wells before he narrowly went down to No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson. Kicker stands at No. 87 in the ATP Rankings. The winner will take on No. 21 seed Kyle Edmund.Alex De Minaur vs. Yoshihito NishiokaThe 18-year-old Aussie, Alex De Minaur, made a blistering start to 2018 on home turf with a semi-final run in Brisbane (l. to Harrison) before his first ATP World Tour final in Sydney (l. to Medvedev). For the second time in as many ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, De Minaur won through qualifying to take his place in the main draw. In his Indian Wells leading in, he had his first Masters 1000 win (d. Struff) before falling to eventual champion Del Potro. His 22-year-old opponent Yoshihito Nishioka tore his ACL at the 2017 Miami Open. The Japanese player’s best result this year is a five-set first-round upset of No. 27 seed Phlipp Kohlschreiber at the Australian Open. No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych will take on the winner in the second round.
[ALSO LIKE] Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Daniil Medvedev#NextGenATP 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas took a set off No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem in their second-round clash in Indian Wells debut leading in. The No. 70 in the ATP Rankings will square off against 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Daniil Medvedev for the first time in the pair’s Miami debut on Thursday. The 19-year-old Greek reached the quarter-finals in Doha to open his season (l. to Thiem). Earlier this month, he beat No. 6 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber en route to the quarter-finals in Dubai. Medvedev, the World No. 52, started the season in a flurry when he claimed seven straight matches to win his first ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. De Minaur) as a 21-year-old qualifier. The winner will face No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev.Thanasi Kokkinakis vs. Calvin HemeryContinuing his steady climb back from injury, #NextGenATP Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on fellow qualifier Calvin Hemery of France. The 21-year-old Kokkinakis reached his first ATP World Tour final in Los Cabos last season (l. to Querrey) as a 454th-ranked wild card at the time. Now with his ATP Ranking back up to No. 175 he will meet Hemery for the first time. The 23-year-old Frenchman reached an ATP Challenger Tour semi-final (l. to Vatutin) in Quimper, France in January. The reward for the winner is a date with top seed and defending champion Roger Federer.Denis Istomin vs. Miomir rated Denis Istomin’s second-round win over defending champion Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open as the biggest upset of 2017. The 31-year-old Uzbekistani, No. 85 in the ATP Rankings, has endured a tougher start to 2018 with injuries ending his Brisbane International quarter-final against Ryan Harrison and forcing his withdrawal before his scheduled match against Peter Gojowczyk in Indian Wells leading in. #NextGenATP wild card Miomir Kecmanovic will face Istomin for the first time on Thursday. The 18-year-old Serbian beat Tiafoe in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Newport in January, and counts wins over #NextGenATP American Michael Mmoh, Aussie Jordan Thompson and Spaniard Marcel Granollers in his three respective Challenger tournaments leading in. No. 16 seed Pablo Carreno Busta awaits in the second round.Nicola Kuhn vs. Darian KingIn just his second ATP World Tour main draw event, #NextGenATP Spaniard Nicola Kuhn will take on Darian King of Barbados for the first time. The 18-year-old Kuhn, the son of a German father and a Russian mother, reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros last year (l. to Popyrin). King won through qualifying and reached the final of the Indian Wells Challenger (l. to Klizan) prior to the BNP Paribas Open. The winner will meet No. 15 seed Fabio Fognini in round two.
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Still reeling from his breakthrough ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, Juan Martin del Potro is keeping his celebrations in check ahead of the Miami Open presented by Itau. The Argentine is riding an 11-match winning streak, having also claimed the trophy in Acapulco.
He arrives in Miami seeded fifth, with his lone semi-final appearance coming back in 2009 (l. to Murray). A title run would catapult the 29-year-old into an elite group – currently occupied by just seven men – to have claimed the Sunshine Double (winning Indian Wells and Miami back to back).
Speaking ahead of his 10th Miami campaign, Del Potro’s triumph over Roger Federer in Sunday’s Indian Wells final was still sinking in. Motivation was high as he prepared to open his campaign in Key Biscayne.
“It was an epic match,” Del Potro said of the Indian Wells final. “The level of tennis was very high. The people love to see this kind of tennis. And also the passion which both players showed in the finals was great to see.
“To me, beating Roger in another final, having a positive record against him in finals, is some good. And also to get my first title playing a Masters 1000 in Indian Wells… a place I like to play, that makes me feel special, and I'm excited to keep enjoying these days here in Miami with all my people. I'm excited to keep playing good tennis here.”
Back up to No. 6 in the ATP Rankings, Del Potro will open his campaign against Robin Haase after a first-round bye with former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori seeded to meet him in the third round. Like Nishikori, another player on the comeback trail, six-time Miami champion Novak Djokovic, stands as Del Potro’s likely fourth-round opponent.
After four wrist surgeries and back playing at his highest level in years, the Argentine is well and truly in the mix when talk of big titles arises. It is a status the typically modest Del Potro would prefer to downplay. Amid all the talk of the Sunshine Double, his priority remains staying healthy enough to compete at the highest level.
“I'm not thinking too much. I'm just enjoying the moment that I am living,” Del Potro said. “I know what I have been through to get to this time and this place and this ranking. I am still calm… It will be my fourth tournament in a row. I'm tired, and mentally and physically it's not easy to deal with all of these emotions.
“But then I will have a break, I will see what tournament we play on clay, because my body feels that surface, and I want to stay healthy during the whole season. That's my biggest goal.”

Portugal’s Joao Sousa, currently No. 80 in the ATP Rankings, scored a confidence-boosting 7-6(4), 7-6(4) victory over American Ryan Harrison in one hour and 47 minutes on Wednesday at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Harrison, this year’s Brisbane International presented by Suncorp finalist (l. to Kyrgios), led 3-0 in the first set and later saved three match points at 4-5 in the second set. Sousa will now face seventh-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who is returning from an eye injury, in the second round.
France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert saved four of five break points to hand an early exit to another local, Taylor Fritz, 7-6(4), 6-4 in one hour and 36 minutes for a second-round meeting against second-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic.Robin Haase moved to within one victory of his 200th match win by beating Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 52 minutes. Haase won four of the first five games of the first set and swept to a 5-0 lead in the decider. The Dutchman will now challenge fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro, the in-form BNP Paribas Open champion.
Australia’s Matthew Ebden held his nerve to outlast former World No. 6 Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-5 in two hours and 26 minutes. Simon, the 2011, 2013 and 2016 quarter-finalist, led 5-2 in the second set before Ebden fought back for a tie-break. After exchanging service breaks at the start of the third set, Ebden broke for a fifth time in the 12th game and will now prepare to face Next Gen ATP Finals champion and No. 19 seed Hyeon Chung. Watch Full Match Replays