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Medvedev, Alcaraz, Sinner book Miami Open quarter-final places

Daniil Medvedev took another step towards retaining a title for the first time in his career as the Russian third seed beat Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 7-6 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals.

Medvedev overcame a shaky start and converted four break points while dropping serve just once to secure a spot in the last eight in Miami, where he has yet to drop a set.

Koepfer was the early aggressor, using a pair of holds at love to build a 4-3 lead in the first set, but Medvedev forced a tiebreak in which he lost the opening four points before finding his way.

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Image: Defending Miami Open champion Medvedev is through to the quarter-finals and will face Nicolas Jarry

With a frustrated Koepfer suddenly losing control of his forehand, Medvedev enjoyed much smoother passage through the second set where he broke twice to build a commanding 4-0 lead before closing out the match with a break to love.

“Sometimes it happens when you lose the first set the way he lost…it brings your (opponent’s) energy down and I knew that I had to use it (to my advantage) in the beginning of the second set – that’s where it was the most important,” Medvedev said after collecting his 350th career win.

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Medvedev described his mindset change after battling past Koepfer to take victory at the Miami Open

No 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz is also through after a comfortable straight sets win over 23rd seed Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 6-3.

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Highlights of Lorenzo Musetti against Carlos Alcaraz from the Miami Open

It was a match where the start was heavily delayed due to an earlier power outage at Stadium Court during the women’s quarter-final clash between Victoria Azarenka and Yulia Putintseva, but Alcaraz looked calm, composed and powerful throughout.

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Musetti and Alcaraz showed off their skills by both hitting back-to-back tweeners

Alcaraz beat Medvedev in the Indian Wells final nine days ago, and is seeking the Sunshine Double.

“I knew that his style was playing from the back with spin and I was trying to not let him feel comfortable on the court. I tried to play aggressive with my shots and go to the net, play drops shots and I’m really happy with my performance,” Alcaraz said after.

“Without doubt it’s my best feeling for a long time. I feel great on the court, I’m moving great with no injuries, I’m not thinking about the ankle on the court. Of course, I’m taking care about it every day but I think this is the best feeling since the summer.”

MIAMI GARDENS FL - MARCH 25: Carlos Alcaraz Vs Gael Monfils during 2024 Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 25, 2024 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Credit: mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX
Image: Alcaraz’s bid to achieve the Sunshine Double remains on after a straight sets win over Musetti

Medvedev will face Chile’s Nicolas Jarry, the 22nd seed, in the last eight after the latter defeated seventh seed Casper Ruud of Norway 7-6 6-3.

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Highlights of Casper Ruud against Nicolas Jarry from the Miami Open

Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner, seeded No 2, improved to 19-1 in matches this year with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Christopher O’Connell to also reach the quarter-finals.

In the middle of the match, commentators said a spectator had fainted in the stiflingly hot temperatures and play was stopped. Sinner came to the sideline and passed up drinks and towels to the person.

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Highlights of Jannik Sinner vs Christopher O’Connell from the Miami Open

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Sinner describes his clash against O’Connell as mentally tough, as the Italian won 6-4 6-3 in Miami

In other early action, unseeded Czech Tomas Machac beat Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi 6-3 6-3 to reach his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.

Grigor Dimitrov won a third set tiebreak to beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-3 7-6, setting up a quarter-final vs Alacaraz.

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Highlights of Alexander Zverev against Karen Khachanov from the Miami Open

In a match that lasted well into Wednesday morning, 2018 finalist and No 4 seed Alexander Zverev reached his fourth Miami Open quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over 15th-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-4.

Zverev will face Fabian Marozsan in the last eight after the Hungarian upset ninth seed Alex de Minaur with a 6-4 0-6 6-1 victory.

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Highlights of Grigor Dimitrov against Hubert Hurkacz from the Miami Open

Azarenka, Rybakina to meet after coming through gruelling contests

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A frustrated Victoria Azarenka leaves the court after her game against Yulia Putintseva was delayed due to a power outage

On the women’s side, two-time Grand Slam champion Azarenka defeated Putintseva 7-6 1-6 6-3 to make the semi-finals.

It was the second time that Azarenka, 34, has made it to the semi-finals this season after going that far just once in 2023. She has won the Miami Open three times.

Playing on Stadium Court, the players also had to deal with a 53-minute delay due to a power issue in terms of the umpire’s equipment, before playing out an epic first set which lasted 90 minutes.

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Victoria Azarenka was pleased she was able to ‘reset’ after surviving a second-set setback to Yulia Putintseva before reaching the Miami Open semi-finals

Elena Rybakina will face Azarenka in the last four after surviving a gruelling contest with Maria Sakkari to win 7-5 6-7(4) 6-4 victory.

Rybakina, the former Wimbledon champion, needed nearly three hours to beat Sakkari. The Greek saved two match points in the second set before ultimately succumbing to the fourth seed’s overwhelming serve in the final game of the third set.

“I have no words because I’m so tired,” Kazakh Rybakina said. “It was such a tough battle. I got a little bit lucky with new balls, so it was easier to serve it out. Now, I just need to recover.”

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