Tobias Kamke stunned Del Potro, whilst James Blake eliminated Bennetau in second round of Miami ATP World Tour Masters 1000. Ramos and Melzer also entered the third round.
An unexpected second round exit for last week’s Indian Wells finalist Juan Martin Del Potro who was leading 5-2 in the opening set against German Kamke, threw away three set points at 5-3 and was stopped by his rival when serving for the opener. The 89th-ranked German was more composed in the tie-break and tucked away his set point number one. The momentum was evidently on his side now as he raced to a 5-0 double break advantage in the following set before completing a somewhat sensational 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory with a hold to love. It was the first time the rivals have met on an ATP level.
Several other seeded players suffered an identical fate. World No. 95 American Blake put in a classy performance against 24th-seeded Julien Bennetau of France. The ten-time ATP title holder US athlete produced a five games run in the opener to close it out in twenty-eight minutes. The second set was hardly any longer – the Frenchman stayed in the race until 3-3 after breaking back two times, yet Blake seized another couple of his opponent’s service games and moved into round of 32 with a 6-2, 6-3 end score.
61st-ranked Spaniard Albert Ramos defeated twelfth-seed Juan Monaco of Argentina for the second time in two matches. A number of break point chances were created in the opening set – Ramos converted three to go one nil up. He continued to dominate the match and went 3-1 ahead in the following set before the seeded Argentine turned it around to make it one set each. The serves then remained intact until 3-3in the decider when the Spaniard broke Monaco to love and added another break in the last game of the clash. Final result: 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Ramos’s compatriot Marcel Granollers, seed 31, was not up his task in the match against Austrian Jurgen Melzer. The latter started and ended the first set with a break, without giving Granollers any opportunities to peg back. In the second set the Spaniard acquired a double break lead by 4-1 and was setting his sights on the decider, yet he self-imploded after that, letting Melzer to break him three times in a row and progress to the last 32 with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
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