Miami Open 2024 Day 4 Recap

After play was washed on day three of the Miami Open, day four featured a jam-packed schedule with all the top seeds in action.

Alcaraz, Medvedev, Sinner, Zverev and Ruud all progressed to the third round with straightforward victories, while Rublev, Fritz, Paul, and Tiafoe were the main high-profile casualties in the round of sixty-four.

There were also some lengthy matches with Griekspoor, Korda Jarry,  and Eubanks coming through tough three-setter, the latter two both saving match points before winning final set tie breaks.

You can see the full results below, along with select highlights below.

Day Three & Four 2024 Miami Open Round of 64 Results

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Winner Loser Scoreline
Gael Monfils Jordan Thompson (32) 3-7 6-1 6-2
Carlos Alcaraz (1) Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2 6-1
Jannik Sinner (2) Andrea Vavassori (Q) 6-3 6-4
Daniil Medvedev (3) Marton Fucsovics 6-4 6-2
Alexander Zverev (4) Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-4
Casper Ruud (7) Luca Van Assche 7-6(5) 1-6 6-1
Hubert Hurkacz (8) Alexander Shevchenko 6-4 2-7 6-3
Denis Shapovalov (PR) Stefanos Tsitsipas (10) 6-2 6-4
Thiago Seyboth Wild (Q) Taylor Fritz (12) 6-3 6-4
Martin Damm (WC) Tommy Paul (13) 4-6 2-1 (retired)
Karen Khachanov (15) Laslo Djere 6-2 6-4
Matteo Arnaldi Alexander Bublik (17) 6-4 6-1
Francisco Cerundolo (20) Sebastian Ofner 7-6(2) 2-7 6-1
Christopher O’Connell Frances Tiafoe (21) 7-5 7-6(5)
Nicolas Jarry (22) Jack Draper 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(2)
Tallon Griekspoor (25) Alex Michelsen 7-6(5) 7-7 6-4
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (27) Juncheng Shang 6-3 7-5
Sebastian Korda (28) Roberto Bautista Agut (Q) 2-7 6-3 6-4
Andy Murray Tomás Martín Etcheverry (29) 7-6(0) 6-3
Cameron Norrie (30) Flavio Cobolli 7-5 4-7 6-2
Christopher Eubanks (31) Daniel Evans 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(7)
Tomas Machac Andrey Rublev (5) 6-4 6-4
Ugo Humbert (14) Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-3
Dominik Koepfer Sebastián Báez (18) 6-3 6-2

Machac Routs Rublev

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In one of only two matches to be completed on Friday, Tomas Machac took down Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4.

Rublev has struggled recently against Czech opposition, losing to Mensik in Dubai, Lehecka in Indian Wells, and now Mahac in Miami. He also leaves America with just one win under his belt with his next stop to try to defend his Monte Carlo title.

I asked Jakub for some information after he beat him in Doha. He’s 18 years old and playing well and we’re all pushing ourselves. It helps to show we can beat these kinds of players. Mahac on advice from Mensik.

Alcaraz Aces Baena

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Carlos Alcaraz looks back to his free-flowing best after he broke off the shackles in Indian Wells and comfortably dispatched Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2, 6-1 to reach round 3, where he’ll meet Gael Monfils after the resurgent Frenchman took out 32nd seed Jordan Thompson.

Baena is a stereotypical baseliner, and Alcaraz used the forecourt to his advantage, coming forward often but equally defending well when he had to, saving the three break points he faced en route to victory.

I defended well in the humid conditions. I had to be patient. I had to adapt to the conditions; the ball goes differently to Indian Wells, and I had to see how it would be. I’m really happy with my performance and how I hit the ball. Alcaraz on his win.

Medvedev Makes Short Work of Fucsovics

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In a match that should have been played on Friday, Daniil Medvedev made light work of Marton Fucsovics with a 6-4 6-2 victory.

The Hungarian can be a tricky customer in the right conditions, but he struggled to find a way through Medvedev on Stadium Court as the Russian was clinical on break points (3/3) and never really looked in trouble. He faces Cameron Norrie in Sunday’s night session.

Shapovalov Takes Down Tsitsipas

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Since returning from a knee injury, Denis Shapovalov has been searching for results, and he picked up a big one in Miami, taking down Stefanos Tstisipas 6-2, 6-4.

It was the Canadian’s first top-20 win since 2022, and he was the stronger player. He did not face a break point while creating 18 on the Greek’s serve, eight of which came in an 11-deuce game that Tsitsipas finally held at the start of the second set.

However, Shapovalov wasn’t deterred, breaking at 4-4 as he cruised. Tsitsipas’s weak return game was again exposed, and it’s looking like the clay season will be make or break for his season.

Other Matches of Note

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  • Paul Pulls Up vs Damm: Tommy Paul was forced to retire in his match against Martin Damm while leading 6-4 1-2. The Indian Wells semi-finalist, who also twisted his ankle in his loss against Medvedev, rolled it again when approaching the net and was forced to hobble to his chair, clutching his leg before throwing in the towel. Time to try some different footwear? Weak ankles and serve + volley don’t mix.
  • Seyboth Wild Flies Past Fritz: This was a big win for the Brazilian qualifier, as Fritz struggled to get anything going, and his groundstrokes were wild.
  • O’Connell Trounces Tiafoe: More woes for Frances as his poor run of form continued as O’Connell came from a break down in the first set to progress 7-5 7-6(5).
  • Murray Too Good for Etcheverry: Murray won back-to-back matches for the first time since Toronto last year, defeating No. 29 seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-6(0), 6-3. These are promising signs for the Brit, but Etcheverry has been out with injury.
  • Sinner Breezes Past Vavassori: Sinner won a routine 6-3 6-4 against fellow countryman Vavasorri, who came through qualifying.
  • Jarry Jostles Past Draper: A 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6(2) loss for the Brit who had two match points at 5-4 40-15, but again faded physically as Jarry took the final set tie break.
  • Eubanks Edges Evans: Dan Evans also lost in a third set tiebreak, failing to convert two match points at 6-4; the first should have been buried. See highlights below:

Miami Open Day 5 Round of 32 Matches

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  • Daniel Altmaier vs Jan-Lennard Struff (24)
  • Yannick Hanfmann vs Adrian Mannarino (19)
  • Martín Landaluce (WC) vs Ben Shelton (16)
  • Lorenzo Musetti (23) vs Roman Safiullin
  • Alex de Minaur (9) vs Soonwoo Kwon (PR)
  • Grigor Dimitrov (11) vs Alejandro Tabilo
  • Jiří Lehečka (26) vs Alexei Popyrin
  • Fabian Marozsan vs Holger Rune (6)
  • Tomas Machac vs Andy Murray
  • Matteo Arnaldi vs Denis Shapovalov
  • Tallon Griekspoor (25) vs Jannik Sinner (2)
  • Nicolás Jarry (22) vs Thiago Seyboth Wild (Q)
  • Martin Damm (WC) vs Christopher O’Connell
  • Ugo Humbert (14) vs Dominik Koepfer
  • Casper Ruud (7) vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (27)
  • Cameron Norrie (30) vs Daniil Medvedev (3)

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