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Daniil Medvedev cruises past Andy Murray at Miami Open

Mar 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Daniil Medvedev serves against Andy Murray (GBR) (not pictured) in a second round men's singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia had little trouble defeating three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray of Great Britain 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday in the second round of the Miami Open.

Medvedev won 27 of 32 first-service points (84.4 percent), served up four aces and, most crucially, never faced a break point against his 34-year-old opponent.

Medvedev, 26, also won 11 of his 18 second-service points en route to defeating Murray in a few ticks under 90 minutes.

“It’s never easy, first-round matches, even if you practice on the same courts for one or two months, it’s never going to be the same as a competitive tournament match,” Medvedev said in his post-match interview. “So I’m happy that I managed to have zero break points against me. I feel like I have some room for improvement, but it was a great match against an amazing player and I’m happy that I managed to go through.”

In the next round, he will face Spaniard Pedro Martinez, who was a 7-6 (2), 6-2 winner over Cristian Garin of Chile. Martinez had four aces and saved four of six break points.

The highest seed to bow out of the tournament Saturday was Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No. 7 seed. Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, saving all five break points he faced.

Auger-Aliassime’s countryman, 12th seed Denis Shapovalov, was also an upset victim. South African Lloyd Harris defeated him 6-3, 6-4.

Greek No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a three-set match with American qualifier J.J. Wolf, prevailing 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1. It was a much closer match than when Tsitsipas blitzed Wolf 6-1, 6-0 at the Mexican Open last month.

“Always expect him to play the match of his life. He had nothing to lose,” Tsitsipas said. “I very much know how to handle situations like this, speaking from experience. It kind of worked in the third set. I think letting go and relaxing a bit helped me a lot and gave me that win.”

Three unseeded Americans notched upsets on home soil. Jenson Brooksby beat No. 18 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-1; Tommy Paul downed Russian No. 23 seed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3); and Sebastian Korda knocked off Spanish No. 32 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

Saturday’s other winners were Polish No. 8 seed Hubert Hurkacz, American No. 11 Taylor Fritz, No. 14 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, Croatian No. 21 Marin Cilic, Australian No. 25 Alex de Minaur, Russian No. 29 Aslan Karatsev and Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.

–Field Level Media