Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka was given a stern test by Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in round three of the Miami Masters, but he passed it in straight sets nonetheless. The reigning Australian Open champion failed to break the deadlock in the early stages and was lucky to escape a double break threat at 4-4. A dramatic finish of the set would follow as the Swiss created a triple break point just before a potential tie-break, but could only seal the opener after the deuce. The Lausanne native broke quickly in the second set to establish a 3-0 lead, yet his rival bounced back by 4-4 to set the stage for another tense finale. Stan again stepped up when it mattered the most and came up with a couple of break and match points in the tenth game before landing his spot in the last 16 by winning 7-5, 6-3. Next up for Wawrinka is in-form Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov, seed number twenty-two.
“I’m happy the way I was fighting, the way I was positive in the game,” said Wawrinka. “Even if I was wasn’t moving or playing so as well at the beginning, I stayed with him. I was fighting with myself to get control of the point.”
Last year’s finalist David Ferrer had a rather easy day at the office against 31st-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy. The fourth seed Spaniard turned in a consistent performance in the opener where he broke to love in the sixth game before sealing the set in the same fashion. He did an even better job in the following set where he maintained a double break cushion for most of the time and capitalized on the initial match point to win 6-3, 6-2. He will face 20th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori in fourth round.
Also through to the next round is Canadian Milos Raonic, seed number twelve, who brushed aside Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in less than an hour of play by breaking the Spaniard four times in two sets. Raonic won 6-1, 6-2 to set up a meeting with German Benjamin Becker.
“I think this time I just generally improved, especially on second serve returns [and] taking advantage more of those opportunities,” said Raonic. “It’s going to be a tough match [against Becker]. But it’s up to me. I’ve got to play well. If I do, I can always give myself an opportunity to do well.”