MIAMI — For tennis up-and-comers like Stefanos Tsitsipas, the draw on the Miami Open started to look rather a lot much less daunting even earlier than the event started.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer withdrew due to accidents, and Novak Djokovic determined in opposition to making the journey from his native Serbia. They stayed house with their 58 Grand Slam trophies.
“It is a first check to see how it’s taking part in with out them,” Tsitsipas mentioned after his third-round victory Saturday. “There’s going to be a time sooner or later the place that is going to be extra frequent and taking place extra repeatedly, and possibly even a typical quickly. So, yeah, we get a style of how it’s taking part in with out them.”
The No. 2-seeded Tsitsipas is amongst these with the very best probability to take benefit, and he regarded the half in opposition to Damir Dzumhur, profitable 6-1, 6-4.
Ranked a career-high No. 5, Tsitsipas improved to 15-4 this yr — and 2-3 lifetime in opposition to Dzumhur. The 22-year-old Greek used his serve to dominate Dzumhur, who by no means had a break level.
“I created a number of alternatives with my serve — I wasn’t speeding in any respect, discovering the fitting angles and executing it completely,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “Even with my second serve I felt like I did a number of harm, not giving him an opportunity to press first and apply strain along with his pictures.”
Tsitsipas will subsequent face No. 28 Kei Nishikori, who outlasted Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4.
Two different title contenders, No. 4 Andrey Rublev and No. 6 Denis Shapovalov, superior in evening matches.
Rublev did not convert three match factors within the closing sport after which needed to sit for a one-hour rain delay earlier than closing out his victory over Tennys Sandgren, 6-1, 6-2. Shapovalov additionally endured a rain interruption within the third set earlier than ending off Ilya Ivashka 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4.
Sebastian Korda, a 20-year-old American, fueled the thrill constructing concerning his potential by rallying previous No. 17-ranked Fabio Fognini 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Fognini is the highest-ranked participant Korda has crushed.
Marin Cilic rallied to edge No. 13 Cristian Garin 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
The Related Press contributed to this report.