Sunday, March 28, 2021 01:54 AM (GMT + 7)
(Sports news, Tennis news) The opening match of Kei Nishikori and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Miami Masters this year took place in a somewhat different direction, although the smile of victory is still for both before they have to “Living roof” together in the back circle.
Nishikori and his opponent in a 3-set battle, escaping on the day of departure
After losing badly to young South African tennis player Lloyd Harris 1-6, 6-3, 3-6 in the quarterfinals of Dubai Tennis Championships last week, Kei Nishikori entered his opening match at the Miami Open with great determination when he met Aljaz. Bedene.
Interestingly, the first time they faced each other was in the third round of the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai on March 17, Nishikori won this Slovenian national opponent after 2 sets with the same score of 6-4.
Nishikori had a second week in a row against Bedene in ATP tournaments on outdoor hard courts
Meeting Bedene again this time, Nishikori went through a tough match at the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami. In set 1, the two players had to pull each other into a tie-break series, where the former US Open runner-up in 2014 won 8-6.
However, at the end of the second set, Nishikori lacked concentration and lost a break before losing 5-7. Fortunately for the Japanese player when he entered the final set, he was able to regain his spirit to win an important break and won 6-4 to overcome Bedene after a match lasting 2 hours 51 minutes at Butch Buchholz. In the third round of this year’s Miami Open, Nishikori will encounter No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Video match Kei Nishikori – Aljaz Bedene:
Tsitsipas resented the “lucky one” Dzumhur
Unlike Kei Nishikori, in the second round of the Miami Open 2021, Stefanos Tsitsipas had an incredibly easy match when he met Damir Dzumhur (the player who received the “lucky” ticket to attend the main round and just eliminated Kevin Anderson).
Surprisingly, in the past, Bosnian-Herzegovina Dzumhur was overwhelmingly in terms of performance with 3 wins, 1 loss in 4 encounters with Tsitsipas. At the Paris Masters 2018 and the Rotterdam Open 2019, Dzumhur both defeated talented opponents from Greece. But this time, Tsitsipas did not let the mistake of the past repeat itself.
Tsitsipas beat Dzumhur to advance to the third round of this year’s Miami Open
Seed # 2 won by overwhelming 6-1 in the first set before successfully taking advantage of matchpoint when leading 40-30 in the 10th game of set 2 by mistake of returning the ball to the opponent’s field to win this set. 4 and continued to meet Kei Nishikori in the third round of this year’s Miami Open.
Video match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Damir Dzumhur:
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