Sony Open Day Seven
Nadal, Wawrinka, Raonic into 4th Rd; Serena, Li Na, Sharapova Enter Quarters
March 24 2014 ITS Staff Miami, Florida - World No.1 Rafael Nadal followed up his dominant performance at the Sony Open on Monday this time blitzing Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth round at Crandon Park.
Nadal, who also won giving up only four games against former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday, broke Istomin six times while saving all three breakpoints he faced in the 59 minute match. Nadal faces No.14 seed Fabio Fognini in the fourth round. Italian advanced with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
In other men’s singles third round matches, reiging Australian Open titlist Stanislas Wawrinka safely booked his spot in the round of 16s after a steady 7-5 6-4 victory over Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.
Canada’s Milos Raonic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in just 57 minutes to advance to the Sony Open Tennis fourth round. The No. 12 seed will face Germany’s Benjamin Becker who defeated Aljaz Bedene of Slovakia 6-3, 7-5. Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov, No.22 seed, shook off a bad first set but recovered firmly to rally past fast-rising Serbian Dusan Lajovic 3-6 6-0 7-6(5).
In the women's side, defending champion and No. 1 seed Serena Williams crushed American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1 Monday afternoon in the women’s fourth round. The 17-time Grand slam champion sets up a quarter-final clash against No.5 seed Angelique Kerber, who outlasted Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Maria Sharapova, last year’s finalist to Williams, battled past Kirsten Flipkens in a fourth round thriller gaining a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory. Germany’s No.5 seed Angelique Kerber also advanced to the quarter-finals by outlasting No.23 Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 1-6 6-3.
Miami Men's Singles Third Round Monday Mar 24
1-Rafael Nadal beat Denis Istomin 6-1 6-0
3-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5 6-4
7-Tomas Berdych beat Joao Sousa 6-2 6-4
10-John Isner beat 18-Nicolas Almagro 7-5 6-3
12-Milos Raonic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1 6-2
14-Fabio Fognini beat Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-3 6-3
22-Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Dusan Lajovic 3-6 6-0 7-6
Benjamin Becker beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3 7-5
Miami Women's Singles Fourth Round Monday Mar 24
5-Angelique Kerber beat 23-Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 1-6 6-3
4-Maria Sharapova beat 19-Kirsten Flipkens 3-6 6-4 6-1
3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Elina Svitolina 7-6(5) 5-7 6-2
8-Petra Kvitova beat 12-Ana Ivanovic 3-6 6-0 6-0
1-Serena Williams beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-1
2-Li Na beat 15-Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-2
10-Dominika Cibulkova beat 29-Venus Williams 6-1 5-7 6-3
11-Caroline Wozniacki beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-1