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Miami Masters: Yuki Bhambri qualifies for the Main Draw

Miami Masters: Yuki Bhambri qualifies for the Main Draw

Anjali Banerjee

Published: 21 March 2018 6:07 AM GMT
Yuki Bhambri continues his scintillating run from the Californian desert to qualify for the Main Draw of the Miami Open. The India No. 1 now boasts of two back to back ATP Masters 1000 main draw appearances. The ninth seed edged past Sweden's Elias Ymer 7-5 6-2 to book his berth in the Main draw last evening with yet another straight sets win. He beat Renzo Olivo in the earlier round of qualifying with a commanding 6-4 6-1. Bhambri will take on World no. 75 and lucky loser Mirza Basic from Bosnia in the opening round. The 25-year-old had made it till the Third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells last week. Registering his biggest win by taking out Lucas Pouille before falling to Sam Querry, Bhambri has been unstoppable.
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The Junior Australian Open Champ, Bhambri got the better of the World no. 133 Elias Ymer with a strong 70% of first serves points won as compared to 64% of the Swede. Converting 3 out of 4 break points Bhambri was flawless with a 75% of a break point conversion. The Swede on the other hand failed to break Bhambri's serve despite having 3 chances. Ymer double faulted thrice as against the Indian who was supreme on his serve double faulting only once in the entire duration of the match. This was a second meeting of Elias Ymer and Bhambri. In 2015 the Swede had beaten the Indian at the Aptos Challenger. Bhambri's opponent in the first round of the Miami Open Mirza Basic should not be very tough looking at his recent performances after the Sofia Open title. Stumbling in the Indian Wells qualifiers in the opening round and having made just some few inscriptions at the Challenger level, Yuki will look to cash on it. Ymer's notable recent was taking out Stanislas Wawrinka enroute to the Finals of the Sofia Open where he lifted the Title. Last year, at the Citi Open, Bhambri had pulled off an upset win over Gael Monfils in a run that took him to the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 event. He now has big names as scalps, like the 101 ranked Nicholas Mahut and Lucas Pouille both whom he ousted at the Indian Wells. With the kind of form Bhambri is in, it looks that he can go deep in the tournament in Miami. He can face eighth seed Jack Sock if he passes the Opening round hurdle.
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