Nadal through as rain stops play

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Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Rafael Nadal eased into the third round of the Miami Open on a day when rain curtailed proceedings in Florida.

The second seed’s 6-4 6-2 win over Nicolas Almagro was the fourth and final match played on the main court before the rain fell forcing 10 contests to be postponed until Saturday, including women’s top seed Serena Williams’ match against Monica Niculescu which did not start.

Nadal has made the final four times at the event without claiming the title but looked to be in ominous form as he brushed aside his fellow Spaniard in 89 minutes.

“In general, I think I played a solid match,” he told www.atpworldtour.com.. “I played well. I had good movement. I had to put the balls in and play with no mistakes, that was the idea today with very tough conditions.

“Almagro was not an easy opponent for the first (second) round. I am happy for that.”

Third seed Andy Murray also cruised into the third round with a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win over America’s Donald Young.

Murray will now face Colombian Santiago Giraldo, a 6-2 3-6 6-0 winner over Robin Haase, as he aims for a third Miami triumph after lifting the title in 2009 and 2012.

Stan Warwrinka advanced with a hard-fought 6-7 (7/9) 7-5 6-2 win over Carlos Berlocq while Tomas Berdych had an easier time of it, beating Hyeon Chung 6-3 6-4 to set up a clash with Bernard Tomic, a 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 winner over American Austin Krajicek.

Home favourite Sam Querrey was knocked out as he lost 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to Kevin Anderson while Dominic Thiem also needed three sets to beat 10th seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-3.

There were also wins for Leonardo Mayer, who overcame Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 7-6 (7/5) and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, a 6-4 6-4 winner over Jan-Lennard Struff.

In the women’s event, former world number one Victoria Azarenka continued her impressive resurgence following injury with a 6-1 6-1 win over 20th seed Jelena Jankovic.

The Belarusian’s world ranking has dropped to 36 and she entered this week unseeded but she reached the final in Doha last month and showed ominous form as she set up a third round clash against Flavia Pennetta, a 6-7 (1/7) 6-3 6-3 winner against Tsvetana Pironkova.

Third seed Simona Halep needed three sets to beat Nicole Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 6-1 and will next face Camila Giorgi who beat Alison van Uytvanck 6-3 6-2.

Teenager CiCi Bellis will face either Williams or Niculescu in the next round after a 6-2 6-1 win over Zarina Diyas.

Ana Ivanovic beat Irina Falconi 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 and will face Sabine Lisicki in the third round after the German beat countrywoman Julia Georges 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (5/7) 6-4.

Sloane Stephens won an all-American clash against Madison Keys 6-4 6-2, Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Alison Riske 6-2 6-2 and Johanna Larsson was a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 winner over Lucie Sarafova.

In the day’s remaining completed matches, Garbine Muguruza beat Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1 6-3 and Belinda Bencic was a 6-2 4-6 6-2 winner over Casey Dellacqua.

Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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