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Medvedev reaches 3rd round of Miami Open

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By IANS Updated: Mar 29, 2021 8:48 pm
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Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, returns to Alexei Popyrin, of Australia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (PTI)

Miami, March 29 (IANS): Top seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia needed two tie-breaks over more than two-and-a-half hours to overcome an inspired Alexei Popyrin of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Open men’s singles.

“It’s probably one of the sweetest victories in my career because I was cramping like hell in the third set,” Medvedev said, Xinhua news reports.

“At the same time, I should have won in two sets and we would not be talking about cramping. But anyway, we have the result on the board and I’m happy that I managed to go through all the difficulties of this definitely crazy match,” added Medvedev, who failed to convert three match points in the second set after taking a 5-2 lead.

Elsewhere, John Isner of the United States defeated Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) while seventh seed Roberto Bautista of Spain came from behind against Jan-LennardStruff of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In women’s singles, Japanese star Naomi Osaka advanced to the fourth round for the first time in her career when qualifier Nina Stojanovic of Serbia withdrew with a right thigh injury.

In women’s doubles, Chinese players Zhang Shuai and XuYifan lost to Poland’s IgaSwiatek and US player BethanieMattek-Sands in the round of 16.

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By IANS Updated: Mar 29, 2021 8:48:04 pm