Daniil Medvedev couldn’t close the match in the second set, where he served for the qualification and lost a triple match point, suffered from cramps in the last three games, but in the end he managed to get a very big qualification!
A heroic victory was celebrated by Daniil Medvedev, who initially made life difficult for himself, but in the end left the Hard Rock Stadium Grandstand with a ticket to qualification!
After 2 hours and 37 minutes of a long battle, the No.1 seed beat Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (3), 6-7 (7), 6-4 to qualify for the Miami Open’s round of 32.
Medvedev, who finished the match with 31 winners and 42 unforced errors, missed his chance to reach the qualification without any adventures, as after a very close 1st set, which he managed to win in the tie-break, he broke for the first time in the match and led 4-1.
She was up 5-2 in the 2nd set, but when she served for the qualification, in the 9th game, she didn’t take a single point! Later on, he even lost a triple match point on the Australian’s serve (4-5, 0-40), with the latter winning 5 points in a row to bring the set to a perfect tie. As if all this was not enough for Medvedev, Popyrin won the 2nd tie-break 9-7, on his 3rd set point, to send the match to a 3rd set.
Medvedev again broke first in the deciding set to take a 4-3 lead. But in the 8th game, after the first point, he started to suffer from cramps. He couldn’t run at all and could barely walk and the Russian’s only hope was his good serves. His serve did not betray him in this very difficult spot and he managed to defend it in his last two service games, of course without sitting any time in between on the changeover.
After passing that test, Medvedev will have tomorrow’s day off and will return to the court on Tuesday, where he will face one of Frances Tiafoe and Dusan Lajovic for the fourth round of the Miami Masters.
Jannik Sinner also qualified for the 4th round, as he scored a big win over Karen Khachanov, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. The young Italian will next face Emil Ruusuvuori, who after Alexander Zverev also beat Mikael Ymer, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
John Isner knocked out Felix Auger-Aliassime, beating him 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), while his next opponent, Roberto Bautista Agut, beat Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.