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Zverev upsets top seed

Zverev upsets top seed
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Alexander Zverev provided a major upset at the Miamo Open Masters when he ousted the top seed and world No3, Stan Wawrinka, out of the tournament in the fourth round.

I felt like he was the one controlling all the points all the time, so I had to change that
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The young German teenager, seeded 16, toppled the the tournament favourite and increase his record against the Swiss star to 2-0 to make his first Masters 1000 appearance!

He won 4-6 6-2 6-1 taking full advantage of the opportunities provided by a seemingly tiring opponent whom was celebrating his 32nd birthday.

Š—“I had one bad game to start the second set and then it was tough for me,Š— Wawrinka, admitted. Š—“I donŠ—Èt know. I completely went down physically and mentally, and also my tennis was completely out. I had no more energy.Š—

He added, Š—“For sure itŠ—Ès a disappointing match. I think the level was quite up and down. We were both fighting a little bit in the first set to find a good level. It was really humid, not easy to play some great tennis.Š—

The 19-year-old victor who saved four of five break points and won 75 percent of his service points, commented: Š—“I had to be aggressive. I felt like he was the one controlling all the points all the time, so I had to change that. It worked out well for me.Š—.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori all advanced to the quarter-finals on expected but Federer, who won the Indian Wells Masters just over a week ago, was tested by the Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut, seeded 14, before emerging the 7-6(5) 7-6(4) winner.

Š—“It was a different kind of match,Š— said the in-form Federer, who has also won the Australian Open this year. Š—“It wasnŠ—Èt the big-serving match where youŠ—Ère only going to see so many looks, you know, so when you miss chances you always feel a bit frustrated sometimes.Š—

Reflecting on the match, Federer added: Š—“I thought Roberto did a good job of making shots, staying offensive when he could, fending off a lot of good shots that I hit, Then it was tough. The sun was coming from the side in the beginning so itŠ—Ès hard to chase the lines.Š—

Nadal beat FranceŠ—Ès Nicolas Mahut 6-4 7-6(4) in a tightly fought contest and will face American Jack Sock who comfortably beat his compatriot Jared Donaldson 6-2 6-1.

The Spaniard, chasing his first Miami title, is expecting a tough contest with Sock.

Š—“HeŠ—Ès a very aggressive player, very powerful player, big serve, big forehand, and a good backhand too. He plays quickly with his backhand.

Š—“So I need to play aggressive. ThatŠ—Ès the only way. If I let him play in a comfortable position it was going to be impossible for me. So I need focus with my serve, but at the same time I need to be aggressive,Š— said Nadal.

In other matches the Czech Tomas Berdych, the 10th seed, beat FranceŠ—Ès Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5, while second-seed Nishikori, of Japan, survived second-set scare against Argentine Federico del Bonis before progressing 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Nishikori, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last yearŠ—Ès Miami final, will face the unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini, who defeated American Donald Young 6-0 6-4.

Nick Kyrgios, seeded 12, is also through following his 7-6(5) 6-3 win over BelgiumŠ—Ès David Goffin and will face Alexander Zverev in what should be an intriguing match between the two young stars.








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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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