By: Christopher Menendez
American Taylor Fritz beat Simone Bolelli of Italy, 6-4, 6-2. Fritz is the youngest player in the top 100 emirates ATP rankings. He is one of five Americans to qualify in Miami (the most since 2009) and one of the nine teenagers in the draw. Be
Marcel Granollers who recently jumped 20 spots in rankings has defeated American Bjorn Fratangelo, 3-6, 5-7. Frantangelo had a good run against Djokovic at the Indian Wells tournament.
Earlier today, Lucas Pouille beat his Russian opponent Teymuraz Gabashvili, 5-7, 3-6. This was Gabashvili’s sixth main draw appearance in Miami (5-5 record) and lost in 5R five previous times. Pouille made his tournament debut and is one of 11 Frenchman in the main draw.
#NextGen Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan advances, having beaten his American counterpart Jared Donaldson, 5-7, 3-6.
Eugenie Bouchard loses to Lucie Hradecka, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6. This was Bouchard’s fourth appearance at Miami and entered the tournament ranked at no.45. She reached her second final of the 2016 season at Kuala Lumpur in February. Hradecka’s fifth draw appearance was successful, she is the no. 6 Czech woman of six in the top 100.
Monica Puig xyz to American Catherine Bellis. Puig is coming back from reaching 3r at Indian Wells. She received the best result at Australian open by reaching 3r against Radvanska. In 2015 she finished at no.82. Bellis’ second appearance at the Miami comes with a history of reaching 3r in 2015.
Two Americans went head to head: Coco Vandeweghe and Samantha Crawford. Vandeweghe came out victorious, 6-4, 7-5.
Grand Slam champion Juan Martin del Potro beat fellow countrymen Guido Pella 0-6, 6-7. He advances to play Roger Federer on Friday.
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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