Raonic makes winning return, Nadal and Nishikori advance
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[March 25, 2017]
(Reuters) - Big-serving Canadian
Milos Raonic made a strong return to competition on Friday by
beating Viktor Troicki 6-3 7-5 to reach the third round of the Miami
Joining the Canadian in the third round were Spanish fifth seed Rafa
Nadal and Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori.
Nadal advanced past Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3 6-4, taking the critical
second-set break in the seventh game, while Nishikori cut down South
African Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-3.
Third seed Raonic has been sidelined by a right leg injury that
forced him to concede a walkover in the Delray Beach Open final last
month and to withdraw from the Mexican Open and BNP Paribas Open.
“I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to
get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,”
said the world number five.
Raonic breezed through the opening set and led 3-1 in the second
before Serbia's Troicki battled back.
World number 38 Troicki, who has reached the fourth round in Miami
twice, drew level at 5-5 before Raonic’s pressure helped him secure
the deciding break.
Raonic advanced to play American Jared Donaldson, a 6-4 6-4 winner
against 28th seed Mischa Zverev of Germany.
Raonic said he has been helped by the addition of former world
number 69 Jesse Levine to his coaching support.
“He's somebody that I get along with great, is a little bit closer
to my age as well, and somebody that I can play with on court and
put in hard hours with,” he added.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after his match against Dudi Sela
of Israel (not pictured) on day four of the 2017 Miami Open at
Brandon Park Tennis Center. Nadal won 6-3, 6-4. Geoff Burke-USA
A string of upsets unfolded later in the day with
world number 13 Grigor Dimitrov eliminated in straight sets by
Argentinean Guido Pella 6-3 7-6(4).
Dimitrov, who lost to Nadal in the Australian Open semi-final, has
now lost three of his last six matches since winning the Sofia Open
American Donald Young knocked out 11th seed Lucas Pouille 6-2 6-4,
Federico Delbonis took down 15th seed Pablo Carreno 1-6 7-5 6-2,
while Frenchman Gilles Simon fell to German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1
In earlier action, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy defeated seventh-seeded
former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia for the first time
since 2009 to move into the third round with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 win.
(Reporting by Larry Fine and Jahmal Corner; Editing by Andrew Both
and Peter Rutherford)
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