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Miami Open vibes are 'crazy' as matchplay strengthens this week

Miami Open vibes are 'crazy' as matchplay strengthens this week

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz faced off against Italian Lorenzo Musetti and won in convincing fashion 6-3, 6-3 at the Miami Open yesterday. Afterwards, Indian Wells winner Alcaraz playfully wrote on the TV camera lens “Miami vibes is crazy” as he gets even closer to becoming the first player since Roger Federer in 2017 to win the Sunshine Double.

Nevertheless, the match of the day in our opinion was Grigor Dimitrov who battled for a thrilling win over Hubert Hurkacz, the 2021 Miami Open champion, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3). Look out for an amazing showdown between Dimitrov and Alcaraz in the quarters. Don't forget: Dimitrov defeated Alcaraz in three sets when they last played in Shanghai last year

Photo credit: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium. 

Alcaraz is joined by other top contenders Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev — all making their collective way into the eight men’s singles quarterfinalists. Daniil Medvedev overcame Dominik Koepfer 7-6(5), 6-1, and obtained the 350th victory of his career. And Sinner took down Australia’s Christopher O’Donnell, 6-4, 6-3. 

Meanwhile, Nicolas Jarry upset Casper Ruud 7-6(3), 6-3. Tomas Machac defeated Matteo Arnaldi 6-3, 6-3. Alexander Zverev beat Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-4. And Fabian Marozsan upset "the demon"  Alex de Minaur 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. 

Photo credit: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium. 

In women's action, the match of the day goes to three-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka’s big-time "W" over a tough Yulia Putintseva 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3. Azarenka is set to return to the Miami Open semifinals for the first time since 2018. 

Another highlight — Elena Rybakina overcame Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4 in a close-fought battle. Today showcases Florida players including Boca Raton-based Jessica Pegula facing Ekaterina Alexandrova and Caroline Garcia taking on Sarasota-based Danielle Collins. We're, of course, pulling for our players from the Sunshine State.

Photo credit: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium. 

On court 5 yesterday, the Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational debuted. Diede De Groot secured a convincing victory over Maylee Phelps 6-1 6-0, while Alfie Hewett defeated his doubles partner Gordon Reid 6-2 6-4. De Groot is set to face Angelica Bernal, who upset world No.8 Dana Mathewson, and Hewett will take on 50-time major winner Shingo Kunieda, who triumphed over Gustavo Fernandez 6-3 6-1. 

Major League Pickleball Showcase makes its debut today starting with a skills exhibition and clinic from 12 – 3pm and a celebrity pro-am from 4 -5.30 pm on Butch Buchholz. And there's so, so much more to check out at the Miami Open as well. Explore around the grounds with Miami Open's Chief Lifestyle Officer Paige Lorenze (see video below).

Source: Miami Open.

To find out more about the Miami Open, be sure to check out more highlights and quotes from top players during the Miami Open press conferences, courtesy of Florida Tennis contributor Adam Ross — visit our Florida Tennis Facebook page. 

Order of Play (Wed., 3/27)

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA - [23] Caroline Garcia (France) vs Danielle Collins (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP - Tomas Machac (Czech Republic) vs [2] Jannik Sinner (Italy)

Not Before 7:00 PM
WTA - [14] Ekaterina Alexandrova vs [5] Jessica Pegula (USA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP - [22] Nicolas Jarry (Chile) vs [3] Daniil Medvedev

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm

ATP - [4] Marcel Granollers (Spain) / Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) vs Lloyd Glasspool (Great Britain) / Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP - Marcelo Melo (Brazil) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Austin Krajicek (USA)
WTA - [WC] Ashyln Krueger (USA) / Sloane Stephens (USA) vs [2] Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) / Erin Routliffe (New Zealand)

After Suitable Rest
WTA - [OSE] Ekaterina Alexandrova / Irina Khromacheva vs [OSE] Sara Errani (Italy) / Jasmine Paolini (Italy)

COURT 5 start 1:00 pm - Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational

Dana Mathewson (USA) vs Maylee Phelps (USA) - 3rd place match
Angelica Bernal (Colombia) vs Diede. de Groot (Netherlands) - FINAL
Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) vs Gordon Reid (Great Britain) - 3rd place match
Shingo Kunieda (Japan) vs Alfie Hewett (Great Britain) - FINAL


Written by Florida Tennis' Editor and Publisher Matt Pressman. Source: Miami Open presented by Itaú. Top photo credit: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium.  

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