Felix On Another Winning Streak In Miami
Two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and two opening-round wins for #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Auger-Aliassime faced five break points in the opening set, but faced only one the remainder of the match. The 6'3” right-hander, who qualified in Miami, is coming off a third-round run at the season's first Masters 1000 event, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where Auger-Aliassime upset No. 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round for his first Top 10 win. He will next meet 29th seed Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.
Aussie Bernard Tomic set up a second-round meeting with top seed and six-time Miami champion Novak Djokovic. The reigning Chengdu Open champ dropped only five games against Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 6-1. Djokovic has won all five of their FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings.
On Stadium Court, Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina held off American wild card Christopher Eubanks 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(5). Dzumhur, a two-time ATP Tour titlist, took a medical timeout at 6-5 in the third set because of back pain, but he held on to beat the 22-year-old Eubanks, who's at a career-high No. 150 in the ATP Rankings.
"It was a good win at the end for me. I didn't have many wins this year. I was struggling with my confidence. I think in some matches I was playing good but without confidence you cannot play... Today I was much better," said Dzuhmhur, who improved to 3-7 on the season. "Matches like this... they are giving you more energy, they are giving you a lot of confidence."
Germany's Maximilian Marterer took out another home hope in Taylor Fritz, who qualified for last year's Next Gen ATP Finals, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Marterer will meet Indian Wells semi-finalist Milos Raonic in round two.
Did You Know?
Wednesday's day session was attended by 21,825 fans, making it the highest-attended session in tournament history.