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POPYRIN FALLS TO CRAMPED MEDVEDEV

Posted By Jack Langdon  
29/03/2021
17:00 PM

Alexei Popyrin showed why he is one of tennis’ brightest talents on Monday morning after narrowly going down to World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 7-6(3), 6-7(7), 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Open. 

Despite World No. 2 Medvedev having three match points in the second set, the young gun did not let up. Struggling with cramps, Medvedev began taking high risk, powerful shots to eventually close out the match in two and a half hours.  

“It’s probably one of the sweetest victories in my career, because I was cramping like hell in the third set,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “It’s one thing when you’re cramping when you’re [ahead in the score], but I started cramping before. It was tough to think about the win in these conditions.  

Medvedev won an impressive 92% of points on his first serve but made things difficult for himself as he only converted on 2/9 break points.  

Medvedev will now face Francis Tiafoe who ousted Dušan Lajović 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.  

Australian James Duckworth’s impressive run at the tournament has come to a close after Alexander Bublik claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory.   

World No. 44 Bublik converted on 4/13 break points and served 10 aces. The 23-year-old will now face Taylor Fritz. 

Taylor Fritz overcome Cameron Norrie 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to advance, as well as Roberto Bautista Agut who won in three sets to oust Jan-Lennard Struff 

Italian young gun Jannik Sinner outlasted Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 in a relentless battle which lasted nearly three-hours. 

"I'm very happy that I won today this tough match," Sinner said. 

The match was filled with big-hitting rallies that took their toll on both players. 

The epic battle came as little surprise to many as their other two clashes went to final set tie breakers.  

Sinner will now play in form Finnish rising star, Emil Ruusuvuor Ruusuvuori who overcame Mikael Ymer 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.  

Garbiñe Muguruza won her 20th match of the season after overcoming Russian wildcard Anna Kalinskaya 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.  

"I brought my fighting spirit, and I could match the level of fighting against Anna, and very happy to go through these tough matches," Muguruza said. 

It was a very physical match, was a long match and a lot of ups and downs." 

16th seed Elise Mertens was also involved in a seesawing three-set battle. The Belgian eventually closed out the match, defeating Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2. 

"It just didn't work out in the second set," Mertens said in her post-match press conference.  

"I just tried to refresh. 

Mertens will face Naomi Osaka in the fourth-round match.   

Jessica Pegula will face Maria Sakkari after they both advanced into the round of 16. Pegula overcame Karolína Plíšková 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. The American converted on 6/13 break points.   

Sakkari destroyed Ludmilla Samsonova 6-0, 6-1.  

Sara Sorribes Tormo, Bianca Andreescu and Ons Jabeur also progressed forward 

On the doubles side, Aussie Luke Saville and Austrian partner Oliver Marach advanced to the quarterfinals with a walkover, after their opponents Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov withdrew. 

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