ALEXANDER Zverev will move onto the Miami Open quarterfinals after dispatching Australian Nick Kyrgios in 71 minutes, 6-4, 6-4.
The clash came nearly a year to the day that the two faced off in the quarterfinals of the Open; with Kyrgios needing six match points and three sets to get past Zverev in 2017.
But it was Zverev who had the better of things this time around; with the German set to face Borna Coric in the next round.
Kyrgios had trouble holding serve in the first set — winning just 52% of his first serve points — Zverev breaking the Australian twice early.
At 5-1 down, Kyrgios mounted a mini comeback to bring it back to 5-4, but the No. 4 seed eventually closed out the set in 33 minutes.
The Aussie seventeenth seed looked to be in some discomfort, seen holding his back throughout the first.
But coming off his strong finish to the first, Kyrgios looked re-energised to start the second set; his serve picking up in line with his attitude.
It didn’t last long though; Zverev broke Kyrgios once more to take a 3-2 lead, and the 20-year-old wouldn’t look back, consolidating the break with a dominant 53-second service game; eventually taking out the set 6-4.
Kyrgios never really found a rhythm in a match that seemingly flew by before the Aussie could really sink his teeth in.
With the early exits of Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, and Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev is the highest seed remaining in the tournament.
More to come!