By Justin Ross
Today, the 2017 Miami Open featured all eight matches in the round of 16. Headlined by victories from top seeds in Kei Nishikori, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was another worthy day of competition.
Nishikori started the action with a win against Federico Delbonis, who upset Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. With a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory, the tournament’s No. 2 seed is closer to another Miami Open finals run, after he did so in 2016.
Following Nishikori in the stadium was Rafael Nadal, who overcame an 0-6 deficit in the first set of his previous contest to defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber. In his first matchup with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut since 2011, Nadal defeated him 6-4, 7-6(4).
The first two matches on the Grandstand featured three Americans in Donald Young, Jack Sock and 20-year-old Jared Donaldson. Three Americans in the round of 16 marked the most since 2004, but Sock will be the lone representative to move on. He will face Nadal in the quarterfinals.
It was Fabio Fognini who beat Young 6-0, 6-4. Then, it was Sock who defeated Donaldson 6-2, 6-1.
Sock will also advance in doubles play. Along with teammate Nicholas Monroe, the American duo defeated the team of Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 7-6(5), 6-3.
Both the tournament’s oldest remaining player in Federer, 35, and youngest in Alex Zverev, 19, will be moving on.
Federer took care of business in the day session’s last contest against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. The first set was the only set Federer has dropped to Bautista Agut in six contests.
Meanwhile, Zverev upset Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. The loss came on Wawrinka’s 32nd birthday, and Zverev is now 2-0 against his Swiss opponent.
In an evening contest, Nick Kyrgios defeated David Goffin 7-6(5), 6-3. Both were Miami Open semifinalists in 2016.
In other action, Tomas Berdych defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5. Berdych has now reached the fourth round or better in nine of his last 10 Miami Opens.
Check out the full results here: http://miamiopen.com/live-scoring-2017
Check out the schedule of match play here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
Tickets for the annual event start at $12 for youth and $15 for adults. A group rate of $7 is also available for 20 or more and grant access to all day session matches. Tickets are on sale now, for more information go to www.miamiopen.com or call the Miami Open ticket office at 305-442-3367.
The 2017 Miami Open is scheduled for March 20 – April 2 and will once again be the hottest ticket in town. With ticket packages starting at just $136 and individual sessions starting at $20 the Miami Open will be the place-to-be.
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2017 Miami Open will be played March 20-April 2 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.
Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.
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