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Andy Murray Wins the Miami Open Over Dizzy Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens, and Matteo Berrettini advance

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<p>In the first round at Hard Rock Stadium on Wednesday, struggling Italian Matteo Berrettini was defeated 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 by two-time Miami Open winner Andy Murray.</p>
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<p>Near the conclusion of the second set, Berrettini seemed to almost pass out on the court and required medical assistance, but he persevered in his struggle.</p>
<p>After a difficult 2023 due to injuries, the Italian just made a comeback to the tour, making it to the Challenger event final in Phoenix.</p>
<p>In the first game of the match, he broke Murray’s serve and dominated the first set.</p>
<p>However, he faltered miserably in the second and, behind 5-2, took a medical time-out after becoming lightheaded as he left the court.</p>
<p>Compared to previous years, when the event has often taken place in Miami, the weather this year was delightfully temperate and neither too hot nor humid.</p>
<p>Although the 27-year-old former world number six gave it a stronger effort in the third set, Murray looked strong and won the match in two hours and forty-seven minutes.</p>
<p>Murray won his fourth straight first-round match by committing only 20 unforced mistakes to 44 for Berrettini.</p>
<p>At the conclusion of the game, Murray scrawled, “There is life in the old dog yet,” on the television camera lens. He was happy with the way he won.</p>
<p>“I think I played pretty well from the middle of the first set until the end of the match,” he remarked, admitting that he got off to a sluggish start.</p>
<p>He struggled for a little while at the conclusion of the second and the start of the third, but I gave him a lot of chances. In the third, I took advantage of it and quickly established myself. In the end, I think I handled it nicely.</p>
<p>In the next round, Murray, the 2009 and 2013 Miami Open champion, will take on Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina, ranked 29th.</p>
<p>Stephens advances in Osaka</p>
<p>Four-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka easily defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy at the WTA tournament, winning 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and eighteen minutes to go to the second round.</p>
<p>After taking a hiatus to raise her child and play for more than a year, Osaka is back where she made it to the final in 2022 before losing to Iga Swiatek. Currently, it is ranked 229th in the world.</p>
<p>Osaka said that her performance in Brisbane in January was the finest since she had rejoined the tour.</p>
<p>“To be honest, I think this is my finest match in terms of shot-making because it’s probably the most free that I was able to smash my balls and the closest to the feeling that I want to capture moving ahead.”I was swinging as well as I have since coming back,” the woman said.</p>
<p>In the second round, Osaka will play another mother, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who, after a year off the tour, has already returned to the top 20. Osaka claims that her comeback has motivated her.</p>
<p>“I was pregnant when I saw her play at Wimbledon, and I remember thinking that I would want to get there too someday. She’s always been a pretty good player, in my opinion, so her return to the top 20 doesn’t surprise me. She belongs there, Osaka said.</p>
<p>Former Grand Slam winners Sloane Stephens of the United States and Angelique Kerber met and were defeated 6-2, 6-3.</p>
<p>Celebrating her 31st birthday, Stephens dominated the whole match against the German, who had shown strong form at Indian Wells, where she advanced to the fourth round.</p>
<p>In the second round, Romania’s 19th-seeded Sorana Cirstea will take on 2018 Miami champion Stephens.</p>


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