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Alexei Popyrin got off to a winning start at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Wednesday after knocking out the oldest player in the draw, Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, 6-4, 7-6(4) in 82 minutes."It was a very difficult match," Popyrin told ATPTour.com. "Feli is a very tough player. He has an unbelievable serve, so when I had my chances to break I was putting all of my focus on the break points. There was no rhythm in the match, so not many rallies, but I am happy with the way I was mentally. There were a couple of shaky moments here and there, but I hung in to win."The 21-year-old Australian, who captured his first ATP Tour title last month at the Singapore Tennis Open (d. Bublik), will next play No. 30 seed Reilly Opelka of the United States in the second round."This title was a good start to the year, but it means nothing if the rest of the year is bad," added Popyrin. "The work and the focus continue. I just hope I can continue the form I am in now through to the end of the year."Popyrin won 12 of the first 16 points before Lopez recovered to 4-4 in the first set. But 39-year-old Lopez paid for a lack of first serves at 4-5, which ended with a double fault at 0/40.Lopez regrouped and broke at 5-5 in the second set off a deep return, but Popyrin bounced back in the next game with a low crosscourt forehand to seal a tie-break finish. From 0/1 in the tie-break, Popyrin won five straight points and completed his 10th victory of the season after Lopez hit another double fault.Elsewhere, Cameron Norrie will play ninth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the second round after the Briton recovered from 1-5 down in the deciding set to defeat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 15 minutes.[WATCH LIVE 1]France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert dominated on serve to beat Pedro Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-3 in 65 minutes. Herbert recently finished runner-up at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille (l. to Medvedev), having beaten World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals. He now faces Canadian No. 11 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.#NextGenATP Frenchman Hugo Gaston charged past Acapulco semi-finalist Dominik Koepfer 6-1, 6-4 to earn his maiden ATP Masters 1000 victory. The 20-year-old wild card converted both his break points to book an all-#NextGenATP encounter against Jannik Sinner.Yannick Hanfmann won 62 per cent of his second-serve return points (16/26) to beat Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-2. The German will face Karen Khachanov in the second round. Yen-Hsun Lu also overcame American opposition on Wednesday when he defeated Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-4. Lu, who is making his 10th appearance at the Masters 1000, saved both break points he faced to confirm a second-round clash with top seed Daniil Medvedev.
Jannik Sinner overcame seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6(10), 6-4 on Friday to earn his second win of the day and advance to the Great Ocean Road Open semi-finals in Melbourne.The 19-year-old fired 12 aces and saved six of eight break points to earn his eighth consecutive victory. Sinner ended his 2020 ATP Tour campaign with five straight wins en route to his maiden ATP Tour crown at the Sofia Open.Earlier in the day, Sinner was forced to save a set point in a first-set tie-break en route to a 7-6(6), 6-2 win against Aljaz Bedene. The script was repeated in his meeting with Kecmanovic. After failing to convert eight set points of his own, the Italian had to save three set points in another first-set tie-break before claiming victory in just under two hours.“Every tournament is different. Every day [and] match is different. Sometimes you feel great. Sometimes you feel tired. Sometimes you have pain somewhere. So every day is different,” said Sinner. “Today was different, playing two matches in one day. It's a long day obviously. I'm happy that I got through.”[WATCH LIVE 2]Standing between Sinner and a place in his second tour-level championship match will be second seed Karen Khachanov. The Russian, who defeated Kevin Anderson in his first match of the day, rallied from a set down to beat Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 36 minutes.Khachanov won his only previous ATP Head2Head encounter against Sinner in dramatic fashion at last year’s US Open. The 24-year-old recovered from two sets down to defeat the Italian 3-6, 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-0, 7-6(4) in three hours and 44 minutes.In the top half of the draw, Stefano Travaglia ended Hubert Hurkacz’s unbeaten start to 2021 with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph. The Italian, who beat Antalya runner-up Alexander Bublik 6-1, 7-5 earlier in the day, converted five of six break points against Hurkacz to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final.“It was a really complicated day because [we had to play] two matches in one day… It was really tough, but I think I adapted very good, and I played my best tennis today, [especially] in the third set against Hurkacz.”Hurkacz entered his second match of the day with a 6-0 record in 2021. The Pole opened his 2021 season with a title run at last month’s Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com.“Today was a long day at Melbourne Park. I played pretty decent [in] those two matches. At the end, Stefano played really well, so that's good for him.”Thiago Monteiro guaranteed a first-time ATP Tour finalist at the ATP 250. The Brazilian followed up his 7-6(3), 6-3 win against #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz with a solid 6-4, 6-4 victory over 11th seed Jordan Thompson. Monteiro and Travaglia will meet for the first time in the semi-finals.Dodig/Polasek Earn Comeback WinThird seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek survived a scare to reach the Great Ocean Road Open quarter-finals on Friday. The Antalya finalists won 71 per cent of their first-serve points (32/45) to outlast Roberto Carballes Baena and Pablo Cuevas 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.Dodig and Polasek will face fifth seeds Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus for a place in the semi-finals. The Kiwi partnership beat Federico Delbonis and Artem Sitak 7-6(6), 6-2 to claim their first win of the week.Sixth seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop overcame Robin Haase and Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to book their place in the last eight. Aussie duo Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith also advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win against seventh seeds Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglot.
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