Miami Open 2021: Day 3-Isner, Aliassime, Sinner all advance but Zverev is knocked out

Alexander Zverev suffered a surprise defeat which made headlines, but other seeds like John Isner, Jannik Sinner and Auger Aliassime all advanced to the third round.

Isner Aliassime Sinner Zverev
Isner Aliassime Sinner Zverev

Day-3 of the Miami Open 2021 saw a lot of movement as top seeds from the top half of the men’s draw, who had a bye in the first round, took to the courts. Isner, Aliassime, Sinner all booked their places in the third round, while in a major upset Zverev loses his second round match. 

John Isner wins in straight sets  

Isner did not travel to Australia this year. The American realizes that at thirty five time is a premium and he wants to concentrate on tournaments closer home. In the second round of the Miami Open, the American beat Mackenzie McDonald 2-6 6-3 7-5.

Sending down fifteen trade mark aces in the match, the tall American fought back from first set down to win the next two and seal the victory. His next round opponent is Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime

Felix Auger Aliassime wins tricky encounter 

Aliassime the 11th seed defeated Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets 6-4 6-4. Herbert who had reached the Finals of the Open 13 a few weeks back could have potentially proved a tricky opponent, but Aliassime took early control of the match and didn’t let Herbert make a comeback. In the end, the Canadian won in just over an hour and a half. 

The talented Jannik Sinner wins convincingly 

Sinner, the twenty first seed, beat Hugo Gaston 6-2 6-2 to book his place in the third round of the competition. The nineteen year old Sinner took just sixty three minutes to win the match. His next round opponent is the Russian Karen Khachanov

Alexander Zverev upset in his first match of the tournament

In what is the biggest upset at the Miami Open 2021 thus far, German third seed Alexander Zverev was ousted in the second round match against Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland. Zverev won the first set 6-1 but Ruusuvuori made a great comeback after that to wrap up the match in three sets. In the end he ran victor with the score line 1-6 6-3 6-1.

Ruusuvuori showed some great tactical awareness in the match, going from trading shots from the baseline in the first round, to increasingly trying to serve and volley and come in more and more in the second. This change of tactics worked like a dream for Ruusuvuori as he recorded his first victory against a top 10 opponent on the tour. His next opponent is Mikael Ymer of Sweden. 

Watch: Alexander Zverev v Emil Ruusuvuori Highlights | Miami Open 2021


  • Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Lloyd Harris (Walkover)
  • Frances Tiafoe defeats Dan Evans (6-7, 6-3,6-3)
  • Karen Khachanov defeats Yannick Hanfmann(6-3, 6-2)
  • Alexander Bublik defeats Laslo Đere (6-3, 6-4)

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