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Jenson Brooksby rallies to reach Miami Open’s 4th round

Mar 28, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jenson Brooksby (USA) hits a backhand against Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)(not pictured) in a third 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

Jenson Brooksby pulled off a stunning third-round comeback Monday at the Miami Open, rallying from a 4-0 deficit in the third set to beat 15th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Brooksby, a 21-year-old Sacramento native, won nine of the 11 points in his final three service games while breaking Bautista Agut’s serve three consecutive times. The Spaniard won only 42 percent of his first-serve points in the third set.

Brooksby said of facing a big third-set deficit, “I’m happy to get through that one. I thought my competing today was a lot better. Still a little streaky, but usually it would be easy to mentally fold in that situation, I think. But I stayed really mentally strong, I competed until the end and it went my way.”

His reward will be a matchup with top-seeded Daniil Medvedev. The Russian cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

“I just felt like I had to be more consistent, and the more consistent one today would win,” Medvedev said. “I managed to just make a few less errors at important moments, serve even better, and it was a small margin but I managed to win and I’m really happy.”

Defending champion Hubert Hurkacz of Poland also moved into the fourth round, downing Russia’s Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Hurkacz’s next opponent will be South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, who edged Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5.

Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece topped 25th-seeded Alex De Minaur of Australia 6-4, 6-3. Taylor Fritz, coming off his championship at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., won an all-U.S. matchup against Tommy Paul, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, the 14th seed, defeated 21st-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4, and Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic eliminated the United States’ Sebastian Korda 7-6 (4), 6-3.

–Field Level Media