10th December 2023

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin is thru to the second spherical of the Miami Open after his opponent was compelled to retire through the second set of their match.

Popyrin was main 7-6(5), 4-Four when Sweden’s Mikael Ymer conceded the match, having earlier fallen awkwardly and twisted his left ankle.

Ymer lay on the bottom in agony clutching his ankle, in what tennis journalist Jose Morgado described as “horrendous scenes”.

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“Mikael Ymer simply bought injured and appears very, very unhealthy. Popyrin attempting to assist,” he wrote.

Ymer struggled to maneuver after the autumn earlier than realising it was pointless persevering with.

“It is actually robust, I believe this was one of many more durable ones I’ve had in my profession,” Popyrin mentioned.

“He was not attempting on my serve, utterly letting the ball go previous, after which serving and transferring fairly nicely on his serve.

“It was fairly an odd one for me, however I believe on the finish it was unhealthy and he was actually struggling.”

It is the third straight 12 months Popyrin has reached no less than the second spherical in Miami, which is a Masters 1000 occasion. In 2021 he made the third spherical, the place he took a set off Daniil Medvedev.

Popyrin will play the No.26 seed Botic van de Zandschulp within the second spherical.

Two different Aussies bowed out, with qualifier Aleksander Vukic happening to Serbia’s Laslo Djere in straight units, whereas 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin took out Storm Hunter, 6-0, 7-6.

In different notable outcomes, Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, whereas Bianca Andreescu received the battle of the US Open champions, downing Emma Raducanu, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

“You by no means know what you are going to anticipate, I simply needed to play my greatest with what I had and I believe I did that,” mentioned Andreescu, who received the final 4 video games of the match.

“Emma performed wonderful and is an unimaginable participant. I’ve numerous respect for her and her outcomes present how good she is.”

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