There are no more French on the Masters 1000 in Miami, Ugo Humbert and Adrian Mannarino having been stopped in the third spherical. The two greatest gamers in the world, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, have spun in the quarterfinals.
Humbert helpless, Mannarino swept away
Seeded N.20, Humbert was helpless in opposition to Canadian Milos Raonic (N.12), who gained 6-4, 7-5, as he had executed in their first confrontation in the quarter-finals at Paris-Bercy final yr. This time, the Frenchman had solely three break factors in opposition to the nineteenth in the world, 4-4 in the second set. But the latter relied on his formidable service (12 aces in whole) to destroy his hopes. “Faced with this kind of player we never have very big chances. I had small ones … But he played well, he was very solid, he knew how to push in the important moments, where I had a little less intention. This is where I have to progress, ”reacted the 20-year-old Messin. Raonic will face in the spherical of 16 the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (thirty seventh world).
Adrian Mannarino, seeded N.25, was swept 6-1, 6-4 by Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (N.5). The French, thirty sixth in the world, exceeded in the exchanges, didn’t exist in this second confrontation in opposition to the ninth in the world, which is able to problem the American Sebastian Korda (87th). “It was very complicated, he didn’t give me a lot of solutions. Even when I served well, it returned very well. And with this humid heat, it was a big physical fight, “reacted Mannarino, diminished by a” persistent injury to a heel “. “The tennis I play is okay, but I’m a bit lacking in depth. In less than two weeks, it will be clay in Monte-Carlo. We will have to adapt quickly, but it’s a bit our daily life since the Covid, it is linked a lot, it’s quite exhausting, ”he added.
Among the men, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded N.2, lost a set along the way, but with the victory at the end against the Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The world No.5, who was surprised in the second set, his serve having been slightly less incisive, ended up raising his level of play in the last round, while Nishikori seemed to decline physically below 27 degrees after dark. . In the next round, he will face the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Andrey Rublev, seeded N.4, again showed his power and his eagerness, taking only 52 minutes to crush the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-1. The Russian will face Croatian Marin Cilic (45th in the world) in the round of 16, who defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4.
Barty and Osaka on the quarters assembly
Among the ladies, Ashleigh Barty, defending champion, crossed the impediment Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, after a nice showdown between the present world No. 1 and the one who was in 2012. Each imposed a transparent domination, Barty in the primary set by exhibiting his energy, Azarenka in the second by being more aggressive. So a lot in order that the third was a lot more balanced. The Australian was the primary to interrupt to steer 2-0, to which the Belarusian instantly responded by doing the identical. But his opponent took his service once more and this time broke away definitively, to conclude in 1h52. “I don’t feel like I’m playing at my best yet, but I’m fighting and finding ways to win. It’s great, ”responded the Australian who will face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (N.7) in the quarterfinals.
The Japanese Naomi Osaka, world No. 2, additionally handed, and not using a hitch, on the expense of the Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3. She will face the Greek Maria Sakkari (N.23). The winner of the final Australian Open and US Open Osaka began off robust, breaking twice to steer 5-1, however then misplaced her serve. In the eighth sport, which lasted practically 10 minutes, she needed to save one other breakaway ball, earlier than pocketing the spherical on her seventh alternative. “I started off really well and then, for one reason or another, I slacked off a bit. My speed was not really the same. I think it was really mental from there. In the end, it was who was fighting the hardest, ”she commented. In the second set, Osaka additionally took benefit of an harm to his opponent’s proper shoulder to win in 1h28. Earlier, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (N.5) had battled to defeat the Czech Petra Kvitova (N.9) 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.