2015/04/01

Andy Murray Reaches 500th Win Mark with Victory Over Kevin Anderson at Miami Open

(March 31, 2015) Andy Murray became the ninth player on the ATP World Tour to win 500 career matches with his victory over Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Miami Open quarterfinals.

The Scot is the 46th player in the Open era with 500 or more wins and the first British player to accomplish this feat.

“It’s nice I think obviously for me the fact that it happened here,” said the two-time Miami Open champion. “It’s just fitting just because I have spent so much time training here and working to get better and to improve. That was nice.

“Yeah, I hope I’ve still got a lot more wins in me. To get to 500 is good. It’s not an easy thing to do at my age. It’s nice. Hopefully I can keep going.”

“I hope for me this isn’t the end and I can keep trying to progress,” he added. With each win you get closer to going past a great player.

“You know, the people that are ahead of me have all done pretty amazing things in the sport, so that’s what’s nice about it. And, yeah, it gives me ‑‑ also feels like it gives me motivation, as well, for some reason.

“I don’t know why, but getting to 500, yeah, it gives me motivation to go on and try and win more. When you look at the list of players and the wins that certain guys have got, it gives you something to aim at, as well.”

No. 3 seed Murray will face off against 21-year-old Dominic Thiem, who reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal with a win over No. 28 Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5.

“He had his best year on the tour last year,” Murray said. “He’s a very talented guy. He’s strong. I know him fairly well. I practice with him quite a bit. He’s very hard worker. Very good attitude. Very respectful guy. He’s got a very good career ahead of him.

“So I expect tomorrow will be a tough match. He struggled a little bit the beginning part of the year. He changed racquets. “You know, always takes a few months to get used to that. Obviously this week he’s played very well again.”

Also advancing to the quarterfinals were No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 4 Kei Nishikori, No. 6 David Ferrer, No. 8 Tomas Berdych, and Juan Monaco.

Djokovic survived a test from Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7, 7-5, 6-0. Dolgopolov was a point a way from a 7-6, 4-0 lead. Berdych advanced when Gael Monfils retired from the match with a hip injury in the second set.

 

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Miami Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – MONDAY, 30 MARCH 2015

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] S. Darcis (BEL) 60 75
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [32] V. Troicki (SRB) 62 62
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d [31] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 57 76(3)
[6] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [26] L. Rosol (CZE) 64 75
[22] J. Isner (USA) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(2) 62
[12] G. Simon (FRA) d [Q] A. Falla (COL) 63 64
[18] D. Goffin (BEL) d J. Janowicz (POL) 64 63
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 75 64

Doubles – Second Round
[2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) 62 63
[3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 75 46 10-7
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 67(6) 63 10-2
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 62
M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) 63 63

WTA

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 63
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [15] F. Pennetta (ITA) 63 75
[16] V. Williams (USA) d [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 63 76(1)
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [7] A. Radwanska (POL) 57 60 64
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) d [8] E. Makarova (RUS) 61 75
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d [11] S. Errani (ITA) 61 62
[14] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS) 63 62
S. Stephens (USA) d B. Bencic (SUI) 64 76(5)

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round

A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 61
[8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 63
[9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 64 64

 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 31 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [17] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [9] A. Petkovic (GER) vs [14] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [3] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [16] V. Williams (USA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [22] J. Isner (USA) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [28] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs [29] F. Verdasco (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [18] D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS) vs [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
ATP – M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)

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Miami Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 29, 2015

 

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [2] R. Nadal (ESP) 64 26 63
[3] A. Murray (GBR) d [27] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[28] A. Mannarino (FRA) d [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 76(5)
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d [25] B. Tomic (AUS) 67(4) 76(3) 61 – saved 4 M.P.
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) d [11] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 76(4)
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d [24] L. Mayer (ARG) 64 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d J. Sock (USA) 64 63

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT) 61 62
J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d L. Mayer (ARG) / G. Muller (LUX) 62 64
[3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 75 63
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) d [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 21 ret. (Lopez – left ankle)

WTA
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [WC] C. Bellis (USA) 61 61
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [30] C. Giorgi (ITA) 64 75
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 76(4) 75
[11] S. Errani (ITA) d [21] G. Muguruza (ESP) 46 64 61
[24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [13] A. Kerber (GER) 63 36 63
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d V. Azarenka (BLR) 76(5) 76(6)
S. Stephens (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) 64 64
B. Bencic (SUI) d [Q] T. Maria (GER) 64 75

Doubles – Second Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(6) 64
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) 62 62
[7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 63

 

 

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 30 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [16] V. Williams (USA) vs [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [31] J. Chardy (FRA) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] S. Darcis (BEL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [22] J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [32] V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – T. Bellucci (BRA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [9] A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [26] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] A. Falla (COL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [7] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [18] D. Goffin (BEL) vs J. Janowicz (POL)
WTA – [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs [27] S. Lisicki (GER)
WTA – S. Stephens (USA) vs B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
WTA – [8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO)
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) vs M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 7 start Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA-After Suitable Rest – A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)

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Rafael Nadal Upset by Fernando Verdasco in Miami

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

(March 29, 2015) Rafael Nadal’s quest for a first Miami Open title was stopped by countryman No. 24 Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round on Sunday.

It’s Verdasco’s second straight win over the current world No. 3, with the last victory coming back in 2012 at the Madrid Masters. Verdasco lost to Nadal 13 straight times before that.

“Of course is a huge victory, and it’s always really nice to feel, you know, in a packed stadium or almost packed stadium in a very important tournament like this one and playing against one of the best players in history,” Verdasco said

“Today was a good day. I played good and I won… I’m very happy, and now I just need to try to rest and be ready for the next one.”

 

Rafael Nadal Miami

“I played some good games at the beginning, bad games at the end of the second set; some good games on the second; not bad at the beginning of the third,” Nadal said.

“But he played well the third, so he deserved to win more than me without any doubt tonight. Just congratulate him for the victory.”

“Today my game in general improved since a month and a half. But at the same time, still playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, still playing with a little bit of anxious on that moments.”

Verdasco had 29 winners breaking Nadal’s serve three times. Nadal was 3-12 on break points with 32 unforced errors with 18 winners.

“Obviously always beating a player like Rafa is the same like if you beat, I mean, (Andy) Murray or (Roger) Federer or these guys,” Verdasco said. Is one of the biggest victories that you can have in tennis.

“Of course is a huge victory, and it’s always really nice to feel, you know, in a packed stadium or almost packed stadium in a very important tournament like this one and playing against one of the best players in history.

“You know, at the end you just try to enjoy the moment also. Not even winning or losing. You always try to win, but enjoy the moment.”

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Miami Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

 

ATP RESULTS – SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d M. Klizan (SVK) 60 57 61
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 62 61
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 61 64
[6] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 61 61
[9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 62 62
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) d T. Smyczek (USA) 64 36 63
[12] G. Simon (FRA) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 67(5) 60
J. Janowicz (POL) d [13] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 16 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [14] E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 64
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [16] T. Robredo (ESP) 67(1) 63 75
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB) 36 62 76(4)
[18] D. Goffin (BEL) d B. Coric (CRO) 60 64
T. Bellucci (BRA) d [19] P. Cuevas (URU) 26 62 75
[Q] A. Falla (COL) d [20] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 62
J. Sock (USA) d [21] F. Fognini (ITA) 76(4) 61
[22] J. Isner (USA) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 64
[26] L. Rosol (CZE) d [Q] A. Zverev (GER) 76(0) 63
[28] A. Mannarino (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 36 62
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 46 62 61
[Q] S. Darcis (BEL) d [30] G. Muller (LUX) 64 67(2) 63
[31] J. Chardy (FRA) d J. Melzer (AUT) 64 61
[32] V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 75 36 64

Doubles – Second Round
[WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d [7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 75 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d B. Becker (GER) / S. Lipsky (USA) 62 76(3)
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 64 62
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(4) 63
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / L. Paes (IND) 64 62

WTA RESULTS

Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d K. Kanepi (EST) 46 61 63
[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [31] I. Begu (ROU) 62 46 62
[8] E. Makarova (RUS) d [26] E. Svitolina (UKR) 60 64
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 60 62
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [22] A. Cornet (FRA) 60 64
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) 75 61
[16] V. Williams (USA) d [23] S. Stosur (AUS) 64 76(3)
[WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d K. Nara (JPN) 60 76(5)
Second Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 61
[Q] T. Maria (GER) d [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 60 76(4)
[11] S. Errani (ITA) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 76(5)
[13] A. Kerber (GER) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 36 64

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round

[PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d J. Goerges (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER) 76(2) 36 10-7
First Round
[4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) d [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / E. Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d O. Savchuk (UKR) / M. Torró-Flor (ESP) 63 62
[8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR) 63 63
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) d [PR] K. Bertens (NED) / T. Maria (GER) 75 64
M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS) d L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) 62 63
H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 75 64
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) d [WC] A. Dulgheru (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) 75 63

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 29 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [3] A. Murray (GBR)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [WC] C. Bellis (USA)
ATP – [29] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [27] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [30] C. Giorgi (ITA)
ATP – [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [28] A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [17] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [25] B. Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [24] L. Mayer (ARG)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs [21] G. Muguruza (ESP)
WTA – J. Larsson (SWE) vs S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) vs J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – B. Bencic (SUI) vs [Q] T. Maria (GER)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) / G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 7 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

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Miami Open – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES

23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

ATP RESULTS – FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) 64 62
[3] A. Murray (GBR) d D. Young (USA) 64 62
[7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 67(9) 75 62
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] H. Chung (KOR) 63 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d [10] F. Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 46 63
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d S. Querrey (USA) 67(5) 76(3) 64
[23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d J. Struff (GER) 64 64
[24] L. Mayer (ARG) d J. Nieminen (FIN) 64 76(5)
[25] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] A. Krajicek (USA) 76(6) 75
[27] S. Giraldo (COL) d [Q] R. Haase (NED) 62 36 60

Doubles – First Round
[7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 01 ret. (Bautista Agut – left eye)
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT) d [PR] N. Djokovic (SRB) / J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 36 10-7
[WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Groth (AUS) 16 64 10-4

WTA RESULTS – FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [WC] N. Vaidisova (CZE) 64 26 61
[5] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d [Q] I. Falconi (USA) 75 67(4) 63
J. Larsson (SWE) d [10] L. Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 62
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 67(1) 63 63
S. Stephens (USA) d [17] M. Keys (USA) 64 62
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [20] J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 61
[21] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] S. Karatantcheva (BUL) 61 63
[24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d A. Riske (USA) 62 62
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d J. Goerges (GER) 76(1) 67(5) 64
[WC] C. Bellis (USA) d [29] Z. Diyas (KAZ) 62 61
[30] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62
B. Bencic (SUI) d [32] C. Dellacqua (AUS) 62 46 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [Alt] E. Bogdan (ROU) / N. Melichar (USA) 61 60
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 62 26 10-4
[7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d K. Date-Krumm (JPN) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 62 67(5) 13-11
[9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 75 46 10-5
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 76(3) 63

 

Saturday March 27, 2015 – Order of play

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Kanepi (EST) vs [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
T. Smyczek (USA) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[1] S. Williams (USA) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
ATP – [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [7] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [31] I. Begu (ROU)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [9] A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [22] J. Isner (USA)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [16] V. Williams (USA) vs [23] S. Stosur (AUS)
ATP – T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [19] P. Cuevas (URU) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
[21] F. Fognini (ITA) vs J. Sock (USA)
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [16] T. Robredo (ESP)
WTA – [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP)
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs B. Becker (GER) / S. Lipsky (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[Q] T. Maria (GER) vs [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 00
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB) 00
ATP – [31] J. Chardy (FRA) vs J. Melzer (AUT)
ATP – [18] D. Goffin (BEL) vs B. Coric (CRO)
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs R. Klaasen (RSA) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
ATP – [26] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [Q] A. Zverev (GER)
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 10
ATP – [Q] A. Falla (COL) vs [20] I. Karlovic (CRO)
ATP – [Q] S. Darcis (BEL) vs [30] G. Muller (LUX)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [22] A. Cornet (FRA) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [28] A. Mannarino (FRA) 46 63 11
[14] E. Gulbis (LAT) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
WTA – K. Nara (JPN) vs [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS)
ATP – J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
WTA-TBA After Suitable Rest – L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [26] E. Svitolina (UKR)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[11] S. Errani (ITA) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 41
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) vs [32] V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – J. Janowicz (POL) vs [13] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) vs A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Not Before 12:00 noon
H. Watson (GBR) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER) 57 00
ATP – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU)
WTA – [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR)

COURT 10 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs J. Goerges (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER)
WTA – [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) vs [WC] A. Dulgheru (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – O. Savchuk (UKR) / M. Torró-Flor (ESP) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) vs [PR] K. Bertens (NED) / T. Maria (GER)

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Rain Washes Out Some Matches in Miami – Halep, Azarenka and Stephens Advance

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

(March 27, 2015) Rain saw the cancellation of some late afternoon matches and the evening session at the Miami Open on Friday including Serena Williams’ opening match. Saturday’s new schedule will be announced.

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Third seed Simona Halep who took home the BNP Paribas Open title, just last Sunday, won 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 against wild card Nicole Vaidisova. Vaidisova a former two-time Grand Slam semifinalist and once No. 7 in the world, is back on the tour since retiring and coming back from multiple shoulder surgeries.

 

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

In the all-American battle on Stadium court in the late afternoon, No. 45 Soane Stephens defeated No. 17 Madison Keys 6-4, 6-2.

In the first meeting between both women, Stephens broke Keys’ serve five times during the match. Keys had 36 unforced errors during the match to only 14 winners.

“One of those days where didn’t quite have the feeling; couldn’t really find it,” Keys said.

 

“Sloane played really well. I thought in the first set I kind of had a chance to come back and maybe get into the match a little bit more, but a couple of bad points here and there and it kind of just got away from me.”

 

“It was windy,” Stephens said. “The conditions weren’t that great.

 

“Because I know going out there I had to play my game and stay focused and really focus on myself. I tried to do that the best I could. Obviously the conditions were tough, so I was just happy to get out with the win.”

 

“It’s always really good to see Sloane playing well,” Keys commented on her past Fed Cup teammate. “I thought ‑ I knew ‑ it was going to be a tough match.

 

“You know, she just played better than me today. You know, wishing her all the best and hoping she goes deep now.”

 

“I just go out and play my game and stay focused,” Stephens said. “Obviously she’s a great player. I knew I had to go out there and execute.

 

“That’s what I did out there with the tough conditions. I was pleased with myself.”

 

“I know Maddy is going to have a great career,” Stephens said.

 

“I am going to see her for like the next 10 years of my life consistently. I’m looking forward to seeing her get better and keep playing and doing what she’s doing now.”

 

 

Stephens will match up against Sweden’s Larsson, Johanna, who defeated 10th seed Lucie Safarova.

 

Victoria Azarekna

Victoria Azarekna

Former Miami champion Victoria Azarenka is into the third round of Miami by beating world No. 20 Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-1.

The former No. 1 Jankovic was 0-13 on break point chances.

“I just really tried to stay focused and tried to find a way to stay in the game,” Azarenka said. I had to save a couple of break points right away, and then there was, you know, this battle.

 

“I know that Jelena is a fighter. Doesn’t matter what score it is, she will not give up. Some of those rallies she just went for it, and I felt like I wasn’t that aggressive on some points.

 

“So I just had to stay focused and stay tough and try to find a way to finish the match. You know, in those moments that’s what I really look for right now, to be able to step up my game when it’s needed.”

 

Azarenka, a former No 1 who has been plagued with injuries over the last two years, is currently ranked No. 36 in the world and trying to regain her form.

 

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Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray Advance at Miami Open

Nadal at Miami Open Media day

(March 27, 2015) Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal has won almost everything there is to win on the men’s tennis tour. One of the few titles which has escaped him is the Miami Open. Nadal a four-time finalist, began his quest for his first title with an 89-minute victory over Spanish countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-2 to move into the third round.

Nadal was asked about his ankle which he hurt during practice earlier in the week.

“I am well, no?,” said the second seed. “I had just a little bit, how do you say, small torn in the beginning, so it was going to be tough.

“The day after I had pain, but after two days I improved 50% and stays the same. It’s not limiting my movements.”

“The real thing is the wind was really high,” Nadal said of the breezy conditions on court. “Very difficult to find a positive feeling on court.

“But in general I think I played a solid match. I played well. I had a good movement. I think I moved myself quick for moments, and when I had to put the balls in and play with no mistakes ‑ that was the idea today with that very tough conditions ‑ I did, I think.

“For some moments I went for the points. I worked well with my forehand. I had some good winners.

“Yeah. I’m happy the way that I played. Sure, second round against I don’t know yet, but Almagro was not an easy opponent for the first round. I am happy for that.”

Nadal who raised his record against Almagro to 11-1, will face the winner of Fernando Verdasco, and James Duckworth in the third round.

“The court in Miami I think is the same than since 10 years, since I came here,” Nadal said. “I don’t see difference with the court, no?

“The ball is heavier here than in Indian Wells for the humidity, so the ball flies is little bit slower through the air. That’s it.”

Two-time Miami champion Andy Murray defeated Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 in 82 minutes in an earlier match. Murray defeated the American recently – in Glasgow during the first weekend in March, when Great Britain defeated the United States 3-2 to reach the quarterfinals of Davis Cup.

“I played well against him the last couple of times,” said the third seed. “Obviously today was a very different match to Davis Cup; completely different conditions.”

“The tactics that you go into the match with completely change because of the weather and the wind.”

The Scot is just two wins away from reaching a milestone – to become just the ninth active player to win 500 ATP World Tour –level matches.

Murray will match-up against 27th seed Santiago Giraldo in the third round.

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“This one I think I played a lot smarter” – Cici Bellis Defeats Zarina Diyas in Miami for some U. S. Open Revenge

(March 27, 2015) Fifteen-year-old wild card Cici Bellis exacted some revenge on 29th seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Miami Open on Friday with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win.

 

The young American lost to Diyas in the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open. The match before that, the current world No. 211 made some noise in the first round of Flushing Meadow when she upset 2014 Australian Open finalist and world No 12 at the time, Dominika Cibulkova. Bellis was the youngest player to win a match at the U. S. Open since 1996

 

Bellis broke her Diyas’ serve seven times during the match which lasted 76 minutes.

“This one I think I played a lot smarter,” Bellis talking about Friday’s win over Diyas to media. “At the US Open I was really like caught up in, you know, all the kind of hype that was going on.

“But this one I was just really focused and played my game. I think I did what I needed to do to win really well.”

“I think every single part of my game has improved since the US Open,” said Bellis. “I mean, just from today, like I lost to her at the US Open, which was I don’t know how many months ago, like eight months ago or something, and today I beat her 2 and 1.

“So I think everything in my game has improved. I have been working really hard, extremely, extremely hard since the US Open just for that. I think it’s really paying off, so I’m really happy.”

Bellis could face world No. 1 Serena Williams in the third round. Williams plays Monica Niculescu on Friday night in a rematch of her third round match just two weeks ago at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

“I mean, it’s going to be really fun,” she said of the possible match against the 19-time major champion. “I have nothing to lose, so I’m just going to play my game and see what happens.”

Asked about what her mindset will be going into a possible match against Williams, she said: “Just don’t really think about who I’m playing. It’s just, you know, another one of my opponents that I’m playing. Doesn’t really matter who it is.

“We are all in the same tournament, so we are all kind of at this level. You can’t really think about who you’re playing. It’s just a ball that’s coming back on the other side of the court. You just have to go out and not think about that stuff and just play your game. That’s what I’m planning to do.”

Bellis, who will turn 16 on April 8, has not decided if or when she will turn professional.

“Amateur,” she said. “I haven’t decided yet, but I think just keep my amateur status for a little bit longer, just, you know, in case.”

After the Miami Open, Bellis plans on playing in the WTA tour event in Charleston.

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Miami Open – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES

23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 26, 2015

ATP Singles – First Round
M. Klizan (SVK) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 64
[Q] S. Darcis (BEL) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 26 75 75
T. Bellucci (BRA) d L. Hewitt (AUS) 75 67(2) 64
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d R. Berankis (LTU) 64 61
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d S. Johnson (USA) 64 36 62
[Q] A. Falla (COL) d [Q] M. Berrer (GER) 67(5) 64 64
[Q] A. Zverev (GER) d S. Groth (AUS) 75 67(5) 64
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Vesely (CZE) 76(4) 36 75
M. Youzhny (RUS) d A. Golubev (KAZ) 46 62 63
S. Bolelli (ITA) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 62 62
B. Coric (CRO) d A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) 16 63 76(3)
J. Janowicz (POL) d [Q] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 62
V. Pospisil (CAN) d [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) 64 76(7)
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 16 61 64
J. Melzer (AUT) d [WC] R. Harrison (USA) 76(3) 63
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d P. Andujar (ESP) 06 76(4) 63

ATP Doubles – First Round
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d [6] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 63 63
J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d [8] R. Bopanna (IND) / D. Nestor (CAN) 63 76(4)
[PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d A. Mannarino (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) 63 62
A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) d P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) 16 64 10-7
J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) d L. Rosol (CZE) / D. Thiem (AUT) 63 62
M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) 46 63 10-5
WTA Singles – Second Round
[WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d [2] M. Sharapova (RUS) 76(4) 63
[4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d M. Brengle (USA) 60 61
[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 64 75
[8] E. Makarova (RUS) d K. Knapp (ITA) 61 63
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) d C. McHale (USA) 62 62
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] S. Voegele (SUI) 63 61
[14] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d Ann. Beck (GER) 26 63 64
[16] V. Williams (USA) d [Q] U. Radwanska (POL) 63 62
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [19] B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 75 62
[22] A. Cornet (FRA) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 64 61
[23] S. Stosur (AUS) d [Q] P. Parmentier (FRA) 61 36 60
K. Nara (JPN) d [25] C. Garcia (FRA) 63 76(9)
[26] E. Svitolina (UKR) d B. Jovanovski (SRB) 63 76(3)
K. Kanepi (EST) d [28] V. Lepchenko (USA) 62 64
[31] I. Begu (ROU) d T. Smitkova (CZE) 57 64 64
[WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) d [LL] S. Zheng (CHN) 61 75

WTA Doubles – First Round
[PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [3] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 26 63 10-2
A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) / D. Jurak (CRO) 63 76(5)
J. Goerges (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER) d [Alt] M. Rybarikova (SVK) / S. Zheng (CHN) 76(0) 46 10-8
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d K. Koukalova (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 60

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [WC] N. Vaidisova (CZE)
ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [3] A. Murray (GBR)
WTA – S. Stephens (USA) vs [17] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
ATP – T. Smyczek (USA) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] H. Chung (KOR)
WTA – [20] J. Jankovic (SRB) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)
ATP – [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs C. Berlocq (ARG)
ATP – [17] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [14] E. Gulbis (LAT) vs J. Monaco (ARG)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) vs [10] F. Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT) vs [PR] N. Djokovic (SRB) / J. Tipsarevic (SRB)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] T. Maria (GER) vs [6] E. Bouchard (CAN)
ATP – [21] F. Fognini (ITA) vs J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] A. Krajicek (USA) vs [25] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – [27] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] R. Haase (NED)
WTA – [Q] I. Falconi (USA) vs [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
ATP – [29] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – [9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
ATP – E. Butorac (USA) / S. Groth (AUS) vs [WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA)
WTA – K. Date-Krumm (JPN) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs A. Riske (USA)
ATP – J. Nieminen (FIN) vs [24] L. Mayer (ARG)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [Alt] E. Bogdan (ROU) / N. Melichar (USA)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [28] A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – [10] L. Safarova (CZE) vs J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – [Q] S. Karatantcheva (BUL) vs [21] G. Muguruza (ESP)
WTA – [27] S. Lisicki (GER) vs J. Goerges (GER)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] C. Bellis (USA) vs [29] Z. Diyas (KAZ)
ATP – J. Struff (GER) vs [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
WTA – T. Pironkova (BUL) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – H. Watson (GBR) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [30] C. Giorgi (ITA)
ATP – [7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB)
WTA – M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [32] C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs B. Bencic (SU

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