By: Christopher Menendez
Miami- World no.1 Djokovic beat Joao Sousa in two straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. In the fourth round, he is set to play Dominic Thiem (AUT), the youngest player in the top 20.
American WTA Top 25 Madison Keys beat her Italian opponent Roberta Vinci, 6-3, 6-0. This marks Keys third tournament of the year after the Australian Open and Indian Wells. At Indian Wells she lost to Gibbs. Today Gibbs lost to Muguruza, 1-6, 0-6.
Lucas Pouille of France beat Ferrer in the third round of men’s singles, 6(1)-7, 7-6(4), 7-5. Ferrer, the no. 8 seed in Miami, is the one of only four players outside of the Big Four to win one of the 53 previous ATP World Masters 1000.
Fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon also won his match against Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-3. Simon has reached the semifinals twice in Miami. He will go on to play in a match against Lucas Pouille.
Johanna Konta faced Elena Vesnina in a three set match and won, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(3). Konta is the first British woman in the top 25 since the week of March 15, 1987.
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 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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