Miami Open: Murray hails ‘genius’ Kyrgios as Federer joins Djokovic in last-16

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Miami Open: Murray hails 'genius' Kyrgios as Federer joins Djokovic in last-16



Judy Murray praised Kyrgios (Picture: Getty Images)The line-ups have been set for the men’s last-16 and the women’s quarter-finals at the Miami Open after a thrilling week of tennis at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Plenty of big names have come and gone but the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remain in the draw heading towards the business end of the competition.
Here we take a look at the latest headlines and results, with a look ahead to the next round:
Judy Murray hails ‘genius’ Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios’ underarm serve has been the talk of the town (Picture: TPN/Getty)Andy Murray’s mother Judy believes the Aussie bad boy is a ‘genius’ for unleashing the underarm serve and is ‘surprised’ others don’t utilise the tactic more.
Kyrgios made headlines when he attempted to serve underarm against Rafael Nadal in Acapulco – a move that split opinion – and Dusan Lajovic was the victim of two such serves in the same match.
Both earned Kyrgios the point in a routine 6-3 6-1 win – a match which also saw the 23-year-old row with a spectator – and his antics have earned the seal of approval from Murray.
She posted on Twitter: ‘The underarm serve. 💕 The whole point of tennis competition is to disrupt ur opponents game by applying pressure through changing the speed, spin, direction, depth or height of the ball. And that includes the serve.

The underarm serve. 💕 The whole point of tennis competition is to disrupt ur opponents game by applying pressure through changing the speed, spin, direction, depth or height of the ball. And that includes the serve. Kyrgios is a genius. I’m surprised more players don’t do it. pic.twitter.com/lBfI8XM7MN
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) March 25, 2019

‘Kyrgios is a genius. I’m surprised more players don’t do it.’
When one Twitter user questioned if the use of the word ‘genius’ was too strong, Murray stood by her statement.
‘Not many people understand genius,’ she added. ‘So they try to get genius to conform to something they do understand.
‘He has uncanny instinct and vision. He’s unpredictable and his hand skills are phenomenal. Yes he’s inconsistent mentally but he’s still a genius in my eyes.’
Jamie Murray slams the Lawn Tennis Association

Jamie Murray fumed at the LTA (Picture: Getty)While his mother Judy was enjoying Kyrgios’ shot-making, her son Jamie was left fuming at Britain’s governing body the LTA.
The Murrays have been openly critical of the organisation for some time and were left bemused when the latest rebrand had no mention of Jamie or Andy, despite the pair being comfortably the most successful British players in recent times.
‘I don’t know what their [the LTA’s] goal is,’ he told reporters in Miami. ‘But I do know that it’s important to have role models for kids to look up to. I would assume that Andy certainly is a pretty big role model in this country, not just for tennis but across all sport.’

Will Murray’s legacy live on? (Picture: AFP/Getty)The concerns over two-time Wimbledon champion Andy’s legacy was also raised, with Jamie branding the failure to capitalise on his stature as ‘f***ing annoying’.
‘Whoever is to blame for the situation in Scotland, particularly for not capitalising on the interest levels in tennis that we have been able to create for the last 10 years or whatever, it’s f***ing annoying.
‘Who knows what’s going to happen with Andy? If he stops playing tomorrow, then it feels like a completely wasted opportunity.’
Roger Federer joins Novak Djokovic in last-16

Federer came through (Picture: TPN/Getty Images)Roger Federer was forced to dig deep against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, fighting back from an early break down to win 7-5 6-3.
The Swiss advanced to the last-16 and will now meet Daniil Medvedev – who has started the year in impressive fashion – after the 22-year-old took out big-serving American Reilly Opelka.
Of his Russian opponent, Federer said: ‘I’m looking forward to the game. I’m very impressed about his progress. I must say the last year has been unbelievable for him… Very impressive.’

ATP Miami last-16

Djokovic v Bautista AgutEdmund v IsnerAuger-Aliassime v BasilashviliCoric v KyrgiosAnderson v ThompsonMedvedev v FedererTsitsipas v ShapovalovGoffin v Tiafoe

Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas, meanwhile, will meet for the third time in the next round, with David Goffin, Frances Tiafoe, Kevin Anderson and Jordon Thompson also moving on.
In the top half of the draw, world No. 1 Djokovic will meet Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday, while Kyrgios faces a testing tie against Croatia’s Borna Coric.
British No. 1 Kyle Edmund will face defending champion John Isner and young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will make his debut in the last-16 of a Masters 1000 against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashivli.
Bianca Andreescu runs out of steam

Andreescu was forced to call it a day (Picture: AP)Eighteen-year-old sensation Andreescu has been in sensational form over the past fortnight, beating a host of top players in Indian Wells – where she won the title – and Miami but she finally ran out of gas.
Down 6-1 2-0 to Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit, Andreescu was forced to call it a day due to a right shoulder injury.
‘I have played so many matches,’ she said. ‘I guess this is just a way of my body telling me that it’s had enough. The physios and the doctor said that it’s nothing too serious, but the pain is there, and I couldn’t continue today.

Kontaveit came through (Picture: AP)‘Well, now I’m pretty upset with what happened today, so I wasn’t really looking back at my time at Indian Wells.
‘But I guess, now that you mentioned it, I really can’t complain with what I have achieved. It’s been an incredible run, a Cinderella story, like a lot of you guys said. It’s a dream come true, so I’m really pleased.’
Kontaveit will go on to take on the tricky Hsieh Su-wei in the final eight after the Taiwanese backed up a victory against Australian and US Open champion Naomi Osaka with a win over former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Simona Halep ousts Venus Williams

Halep beat Venus (Picture: USA TODAY Sports)Simona Halep remains in contention to return to world No. 1 this week after defeating Venus Williams to book her spot in the quarter-finals.
The Romanian won 6-3 6-3 to set up a meeting with 18th seed Wang Qiang.
Petra Kvitova – who meets Australia’s Ash Barty next – can also rise above Osaka in the rankings this week and it’s possible the pair will face-off in the final with the No. 1 ranking on the line.

WTA quarter-finals

Hsieh v KontaveitKvitova v BartyPliskova v VondrousovaWang v Halep

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