(USA), .- New day of the Miami Open with water, but also full of surprise triumphs with a hero, the Spanish Roberto Bautista, who starred in the feat of eliminating the world number, Novak Djokovic.
Another unforgettable match for Bautista, twenty-second seed, who in the center court of the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, culminated a comeback against Djokovic, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, which put him for the first time in the quarterfinals of the most important Masters 1000 tournament in the United States.
Bautista, 30, twenty-second seed, achieved for the second time in a row so far this season to beat the world number one, who also had the kind of recognition that the Spanish player “deserved” the victory by the smart way how he did things on the Stadium track.
The great victory achieved by Bautista also allows him to have the chance to continue in the fight for the title and play the quarterfinals. His rival will be the American John Isner, seventh favorite, who also won by 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (3) English Kyle Edmund, nineteenth favorite.
The duel between Bautista and Isner will be the fourth, with a 2-1 advantage for the US tennis player, who also defends the title of champion.
While the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 20th seed, led the triumphs of the young values of world tennis, with a marathon victory against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, eighth favorite, who needed two hours and 14 minutes to define his triumph.
He did it with a final score of 4-6, 3-6 and 7-6 (3), in what was the third duel that the young people of 19 and 20 years old, respectively, and that now the series favors Shapovalov.
The American Frances Tiafoe, twenty-eighth seed, also maintained his triumphant streak by winning 7-5 and 7-6 (6) Belgian David Goffin, eighteenth favorite, and got the pass to the quarterfinals.
Tiafoe, 21, who had been the executioner of Spanish David Ferrer the night before, whom he won in three sets, this time finished first with Goffin, who lost for the first time in the four duels that both players have maintained as professionals.
Both players will be rivals in the quarterfinals, where they will be seen for the third time as professionals and decide who takes advantage in the series after being tied 1-1, in addition to ensuring in the semifinals, at least, a representative of the new generation.
While the great revelation of the tournament, another 18-year-old Canadian, Felix Auger-Alissime, who entered the draw through the qualifying stage, managed to reach his first quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 after winning 7-8. 6 (4) and 6-4 to the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, seventeenth favorite.
The rival of Auger-Alissime, 57 of the world, will be the other young talent of the new generation of world tennis, the Croatian Borna Coric, eleventh seed that defeated by 6-7 (2), 6-2 and 6-3 to the Australian Nick Kyrgios, twenty-seventh favorite.
The South African Kevin Anderson, the sixth favorite, fulfilled the predictions when he prevailed 7-5 and 7-5 to the young Australian Jordan Thompson, 24 years old, and will have as rival in the quarters the winner of the match This Wednesday the Swiss Roger Federer, fourth seed, against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, thirteenth seed.
Federer, three times winner of the Miami Open, and Medvedev could not play his game due to the two temporary suspensions because of the rain. (EFE)