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The tournament of surprises at the Miami Open continued Monday as more headline names continued to tumble.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka among the headliners to be eliminated early.
Here is a look at results from another surprising day in South Florida and a look ahead to what remains Tuesday.
|Richard Gasquet||Tomas Berdych||11 a.m.||Stadium|
|Timea Bacsinszky||Simona Halep||After 1 p.m.||Stadium|
|Novak Djokovic||Dominic Thiem||Following||Stadium|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||Ekaterina Makarova||After 7:30 p.m.||Stadium|
|Kei Nishikori||Roberto Bautista Agut||After 9 p.m.||Stadium|
|Horacio Zeballos||David Goffin||11 a.m.||Grandstand|
|Gilles Simon||Lucas Pouille||Following||Grandstand|
|Nick Kyrgios||Andrey Kuznetsov||Following||Grandstand|
|Nick Kyrgios def. Tim Smyczek||6-4, 6-4|
|Andrey Kuznetsov def. Adrian Mannarino||2-6, 7-5, 6-0|
|Kei Nishikori def. Alexander Dopolgov||6-2, 6-2|
|Roberto Bautista Agut def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)|
|Gael Monfils def. Pablo Cuevas||6-3, 6-4|
|Grigor Dimitrov def. Andy Murray||6(1)-7, 6-4, 6-3|
|Milos Raonic def. Jack Sock||7-6(3), 6-4|
|Damir Dzumhur def. Mikhail Kukushkin||4-6, 6-1, 6-2|
World No. 2 Murray had a 3-1 lead in the final set before a meltdown that saw him lose five consecutive games to Grigor Dimitrov to drop the match, 7-6(1), 3-6, 3-6. In the process, Murray smashed a few rackets and threw somewhat of a trademark tantrum.
In his previous round, Murray scoffed at the official when he discovered he’d been playing with the wrong ball, via ESPN.
From the get-go Monday, Murray seemed he’d be in a battle if he were to advance past Dimitrov. The 26th-seeded Bulgarian pushed Murray to the brink in the first set then capitalized on a slew of unforced errors from the 28-year-old in the second.
Murray fell into a 4-0 hole that he simply couldn’t recover from, setting the stage for a rubber match finale in the third set.
From there, Murray took a commanding lead and appeared to be gaining momentum before a catastrophic collapse that will keep him from playing for his third title in South Florida, where he trains.
It also comes on the heels of a third-round exit at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Murray has a lot on his plate early in this 2016 campaign, as the Scot became a father just last month. And he did reach the Australian Open final in January. His game isn’t taking much of a hit, as he’s losing with a valiant effort.
After all, he’s not the only headline name to suffer an upset at the Miami Open.
|Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Serena Williams||6-3(3)-7, 6-1, 6-2|
|Ekaterina Makarova def. Elina Svitolina||6-1, 6-4|
|Timea Bacsinszky def. Agnieszka Radwanska||2-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|Simona Halep def. Heather Watson||6-3, 6-4|
|Johanna Konta def. Monica Niculescu||6-2, 6-2|
|Victoria Azarenka def. Garbine Muguruza||7-6(6), 7-6(4)|
|Madison Keys def. Irina-Camelia Begu||6-3, 6-1|
|Timea Babos vs. Angelique Kerber||Live|
Williams, who resides in South Florida, was expected to finally come through with her first tournament win of the year this week.
After falling short in the final at both the Australian Open and at Indian Wells, Williams seemed on the cusp of breaking through.
Yet after Monday’s 7-6(3), 1-6, 2-6 defeat to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, Williams is once again heading home without hardware.
The loss snapped a 20-win streak at the Miami Open for the world No. 1.
Williams finished with a whopping 55 unforced errors—three times the figure of Kuznetsova—and eight double-faults.
It seems like Williams has been challenged by the massive target on her back given her post-match comments, per Peter Bodo of ESPN.com: “It’s not appropriate to criticize my movement right now. I did the best I could today. I can’t win every match. These players, they come out and they play me like they’ve never played before in their lives. I have to be 300 percent every day.”
Williams started strong and held her own in a back-and-forth first set, via the WTA:
It shouldn’t be a major cause for concern that Williams hasn’t broke through yet in 2016. She has played incredible tennis but come up just short on a few occasions. It likely won’t be long before she’s back on top.