Andrey Rublev did not need an hour to dominate Miomir Kecmanovic and reach the knockout stages of the Miami Masters 1000. Holger Rune, meanwhile, got the better of Diego Schwartzman.
This time, Andrey Rublev did not shake. After a complicated entry into the Miami Masters 1000 against Jeffrey John Wolf, the world number 7 had much less difficulty in overcoming Miomir Kecmanovic. The Serb, who fell Ugo Humbert in the second round, was quickly put in difficulty by the Russian. If he resisted in vain by dismissing four break points, the 35th in the world could not help but give up his first two service games to find himself quickly led five games to nothing.
While the Serb was able to save the honor by winning his engagement, Andrey Rublev sealed the fate of a one-sided first set at the second opportunity. On a shutout, Miomir Kecmanovic won his first service game… before conceding the next five. Converting his two break chances, Andrey Rublev quickly led five games to one. As at the conclusion of the first set, the Russian saw his opponent hold his face-off before he could put an end to the slight suspense on his second match point (6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes). Jannis Sinner or Grigor Dimitrov will be on the Russian’s path for a place in the quarter-finals.
Rune around 🏃♂️🌪@MiamiOpen beginner @holgerrune2003 delights the Danish fans with a 6-4, 6-2 masterclass#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/abEZec5hku
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Rune too strong for Schwartzman
Holger Rune will also be there for the round of 16. The Dane, seeded number 7, overcame Diego Schwartzman in two sets. A meeting that the world number 8 started strong with the break obtained from the start. The Argentinian then had an opportunity to pick up in the sixth game but failed to convert what remained his only break point in this first set. Hung on his service, Holger Rune ended up achieving his ends and concluding the round at the first set point. The Dane started the second as he started the match, taking Diego Schwartzman’s serve. This time, the 38th player in the world did not wait to react and responded tit for tat to return to a game everywhere. However, this did not last since the Argentinian then lost the thread of the meeting. Holger Rune took the opportunity to win four games in a row, including two on his opponent’s serve to lead five games to one. From then on, the two players were solid on their commitments and it was on a shutout that the Dane concluded (6-4, 6-2 in 1h32 ‘). A victory that allows him to join Taylor Fritz in the round of 16. The American dominated Denis Shapovalov in straight sets (6-4, 6-4 in 1h21’).