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Daniil Medvedev cruises into Miami Open’s 3rd round

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Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev wasted little time Friday in his opening match at the Miami Open.

The 25-year-old Russian rolled through the second-round contest in 56 minutes, routing Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-2, 6-2. The tournament’s seeded players all received byes into the second round.

Medvedev finished with a 9-1 edge in aces and won 85 percent of his first-serve points (22 of 24). He kept his serve under control despite the wind.

“It was not easy to play today with the windy conditions,” Medvedev said postmatch. “I am happy that I managed to keep my nerve, play solid and not make so many mistakes. … Everything worked well and I am looking forward to the next round.”

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over 30th-seeded American Reilly Opelka, is next up for Medvedev. Popyrin won the Singapore Tennis Open last month.

“Popyrin is a really great player,” said Medvedev. “I practiced with him a lot during preseason and I know that he can play some great tennis, so it will be a tough match.”

In other Friday action, Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori rallied past third-seeded German Alexander Zverev 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. The only previous time that Ruusuvuori beat a top-10 player came in a 2019 Davis Cup victory against Austria’s Dominic Thiem.

Asked how he changed the match’s momentum after dropping the opening set, Ruusuvuori said, “I don’t even know myself. I wasn’t feeling very comfortable in the first set and I was making a lot of unforced errors. But slowly in the second I was starting to feel a bit better. …

“Of course, it’s one of the biggest wins in my career, so it feels good.”

Ruusuvuori prevailed despite hitting no aces and racking up five double faults. Zverev had 11 aces and seven double faults.

Seventh-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain advanced when his scheduled opponent, South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, was forced to default due to a wrist injury.

Two of the top-10 seeds were dealt straight-set defeats Friday.

Australia’s James Duckworth routed eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-1, and Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie eliminated ninth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-5, 7-5

Three U.S. players advanced: 18th-seeded John Isner, 22nd-seeded Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe, who got past 19th-seeded Brit Daniel Evans 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.

–Field Level Media

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