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Francisco Cerúndolo said goodbye in the third round of the Miami Masters 1000

Francisco Cerúndolo said goodbye in the third round of the Miami Masters 1000

In the Grandstand, the second most important stadium in the American complex, Francisco Cerúndolo lost to the Russian Karen Khachanov 6-1, 5-7 and 7-6 (5).

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After reaching the semi-finals in 2022 and the quarter-finals last year, Francisco Cerúndolo I had high expectations for him Miami Masters 1000. However, the Argentine, No. 21 in the ATP world ranking, collided in the third round with the Russian Karen Khachanov (No. 16), who won 6-1, 5-7 and 7-6 (5) in 2h 48m.

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Karen Khachanov, 27 years old, needed five match points (just one on his serve) to close an eventful match, which had a long stoppage in the second set to assist a spectator. The Russian, ATP No. 8 in 2019, will now clash with the German Alexander Zverev (No. 5) who defeated the local Christopher Eubanks (No. 32) by 7-6 (4) and 6-3.

Francisco Cerúndolo could not have revenge

Notably Francisco Cerúndolo was looking for a revenge of the previous edition against Karen Khachanovwho had eliminated him in the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters 1000 in 2023. In addition, the Russian also beat him in Montreal 2022, so he has three victories without falls against the Argentine, who arrived after beating the Austrian in his debut Sebastian Ofner (No. 40) by 7-6 (2), 6-7 (2) and 6-1.

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In this way, there are no longer Argentine singles players in the American tournament, since Francisco Cerúndolo He was the only one in the race and to have won a match in the men’s team (Sebastian Baez, Tomas Etcheverry, Diego Schwartzman, Facundo Díaz Acosta and Pedro Cachín they lost in their debuts; only Horacio Zeballos still in action, but in doubles).

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