British hopefuls suffer disappointing defeat at Miami Open
Cameron Norrie, the British No. 1, suffered a shock defeat in the second round of the Miami Open. He was beaten in straight sets by France’s Gregoire Barrere. Norrie, who won the title in 2021 and reached the quarter-finals last year, was dominated by Barrere, with the world No. 65 securing a 6-3 6-2 victory in an hour and 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, British No. 2 Dan Evans’ losing streak extended to six matches after Italian Lorenzo Sonego came from behind to win in two-and-a-half hours. Evans had started brightly, securing an early break in the first game, but Sonego rallied to break him in the fourth game of the second set before maintaining a vital hold in the next game which allowed him to level the match. The momentum remained with the Italian, who broke twice in the deciding set as he opened up a 4-0 lead.
Lehecka, Medvedev and Auger Aliassime sail through
Jiri Lehecka continued his impressive form to reach the third round of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time. The 21-year-old Czech, a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, beat 18th seed Lorenzo Musetti 6-4 6-4.
Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was handed a walkover into round three after Frenchman Richard Gasquet was forced to withdraw because of an ankle injury.
Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev sailed through in straight sets, beating Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour. Meanwhile, fifth seed Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in a close match and will next play Francisco Cerundolo, who was a 6-4 6-4 winner over American Aleksandar Kovacevic.
Home favourite Mackenzie McDonald pulled off an upset as he defeated 19th seed Matteo Berrettini in a tiebreak, while eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in a gruelling three-and-a-half-hour affair.
Other notable results include Karen Khachanov’s hold off of Tomas Martin Etcheverry and 15th-seeded Alex de Minaur’s unexpected defeat to French debutant Quentin Halys. Chilean qualifier Cristian Garin also advanced to the third round after a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 win over Argentina’s Sebastian Baez. Adrian Mannarino and Frances Tiafoe both won tough matches to secure their spots in the third round.
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