Jannik Sinner survives scare to advance in Miami

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AFP, Miami :
World number three Jannik Sinner survived a scare from Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor as he moved into the fourth round of the Miami Open with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 victory on Sunday.

The second-seed Italian, a two-time finalist in Miami, struggled against Griekspoor’s power play in the first set but turned the contest around after a rain break at 3-3 in the second set.

Sinner came out fighting and took the second before utterly dominating the third to book his place in the last 16.

“I think even the first set was really close, but it (got) away,” said Sinner.

“I think mentally I tried to stay strong, which I did, and I was in a tough situation today.

After the rain came, I tried to come back a bit more aggressive, which I did, and obviously I’m really happy. It has been a tough day for me, but very happy about the result.”

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Sinner will face Australian Christopher O’Connell, who emerged with a tight win over the USA’s Martin Damm 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5).

Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-1 and while he was happy with his performance he said that rapidly deteriorating balls were creating unusual games.

“It’s a bit strange. The court is pretty fast but the balls get old very fast. So at one moment in the rally, you feel like there isn’t much you can do.

So you can’t go for the winner because the risk reward isn’t there.

It’s the same for the opponent, so we just hit, hit,” he told reporters.

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