Medvedev and Hurkacz Win Miami Open: Indian Wells runnerup Daniil Medvedev and world number nine Hubert Hurkacz made it to the next round of the ATP Miami Open with contrasting wins on Saturday. World number five Medvedev, seeded fourth in the tournament, only took 62 minutes to beat Spanish claycourt specialist Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2 while eighth-seeded Hurcakz defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis in a three-and-a-half hour epic, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (8/6). Online tennis betting sites have their choices right in picking the two seeded players to win early in the tournament but there were some upsets as well.
Medvedev Cruises, Hurkacz Edges Kokkinakis in an Epic Three-Setter
The Russian former world number one, who is fresh from a loss to top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz at the final in Indian Wells, was back in winning form as he struck 18 winners in the match against Carballes Baena, who only managed to have five. Daniil Medvedev used one of Alcaraz’s favorite moves – the drop shot – to dispatch his Spanish foe and became the first player on either ATP or WTA tours to reach 25 wins this season. The Russian will next meet Alex Molcan, who beat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 6-2, in the next round.
Meanwhile, the Australian Kokkinakis pushed the Polish Hurkacz to the limit as every set ended in a tie-breaker. Early on, Kokkinakis saved six set points to win the first set. Then, the 2021 Miami champion saved three match points in the second-set tie-break and won the last three points in the third set to win the match. Hurkacz will next face Adrian Mannarino in the Round of 32. Mannarino ousted Ben Shelton in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, for a chance to qualify in the last 16.
Medvedev and Hurkacz Win Miami Open: French Players Surprise Foes in Miami
French players Quentin Halys and Gregoire Barrere also qualified in the Round of 32 by surprising their higher-ranked opponents. Halys saved three match points to beat 18th seed Alex Di Minaur of Australia 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8). He will next meet Mackenzie McDonald, who defeated Matteo Berrettini of Italy, 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/5). Barrere, on the other hand, demolished British world number 12 Cameron Norrie in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. He will next face Christopher Eubanks, who surprised 17th-ranked Croatian Borna Coric 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Frances Tiafoe also made it through the next round as he defeated Yosuke Watanuki 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4. He secured a third-round match against Lorenzo Sonego. The Italian netter defeated Daniel Evans 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The coming week is expected to be more exciting as the ATP Masters 1000 event is going to its critical stages. The tournament’s favorites are still competing in the event and there are some surprise entrants. Online sports odds are updated daily as we look forward to an exciting conclusion of the event and earn more money from watching and enjoying tennis matches.