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Jannik Sinner, Andy Murray advance to Miami Open third round

Jannik Sinner, Andy Murray advance to Miami Open third round

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jannik Sinner advanced to the third round of the Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over fellow Italian Andrea Vavassori on Saturday.

The third-ranked Sinner, the Australian Open champion and last year’s Miami Open runner-up, had to wait overnight to clinch the opening victory at Miami after rain forced the match to be suspended on Friday with Sinner leading 3-2.

The 22-year-old Sinner stretched his record to 12-0 against fellow Italians on tour level.

“I thinks it’s a lot of difference between here and anywhere else,” Sinner said. “Here maybe the court suits me a little bit better because the ball is not that bouncy. But I feel just mentally quite free to play, and I think that’s most important.”

Andy Murray advanced to the third round with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over 29th-ranked Tomas Martin Etcheverry. That match was also suspended on Friday because of rain. Murray, who won the Miami title in 2009 and 2013, snapped a nine-match losing streak against top 50 players with the win and has now played 995 career tour-level matches.

“My body feels that,” said Murray, who turns 37 in May, “It feels like I’ve played a thousand. I’ve obviously been on the tour a long time. My first matches on tour were just as I turned 18 years old … It’s been a long career but an amazing career.”

In women’s play, top-ranked Iga Swiatek, coming off an Indian Wells title last week, defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1 ,6-1 in just over an hour. The victory gave Swiatek 81 wins in the first 100 matches of her career at the WTA-1000 level. Only Serena Williams (87) had more wins in her first 100 matches at that level.

Naomi Osaka continued her comeback journey by defeating 17th-ranked Elina Svitolina 6-2, 7-6 (5). Osaka, who is comng off a third-round loss at Indian Wells, now has two wins over top 20 opponents in her last four matches.

A day after rain and wind delayed the start of play and suspended several matches, downpours again pushed the start of Saturday’s matches back by nearly three hours.

On a day with several upsets on the men’s side, Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild stunned American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round. Numerous Brazilian fans were in attendance to watch their compatriot play, and they cheered so loudly that Fritz complained to the chair umpire.

Christopher O’Connell topped 22nd-ranked Francis Tiafoe 7-5, 7-6; 14th-ranked Tommy Paul appeared to roll his left ankle in the second set of his match against Martin Damm Jr….

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