Frenchman Gael Monfils has had to withdraw from the Miami Masters because of an Achilles’ issue.
The 16th seeded Monfils was to take on Robin Haase in his second round match at the Miami Masters but pulled out of their encounter. This is the same injury that had ended Monfils’ stay at the Indian Wells Masters where he had made the quarter-final.
Monfils’ place in the draw will now be taken up by lucky loser Lloyd Harris, a 22-year-old South African, who till before this had never even qualified for the main draw of any of the Masters competitions. Here he gets a direct entry into the second round.
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It remain to be seen when Monfils makes a comeback to playing again but it’s quite clear his Achilles needs attending to.
Meanwhile, in a major upset in the men’s section draw, Kei Nishikori was stunned by Serbia’s Duan Lajovic despite having won the first set and having gone ahead a break in the third. Lajovic won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the third round.
Nishikori’s defeat comes at the back of a third round loss in Indian Wells Masters where Hubert Hurkacz had defeated him in another three-setter.
Borna Coric was bagelled in his second round match but survived that to defeat Roberto Carballes Baena, while Federico Delbonis edged out the 32nd seeded John Millman in a tough three-setter to advance to the third round.
12th seeded Milos Raonic advanced on account of a retirement from his opponent, Maximilian Marterer, Kyle Edmund defeated Ilya Ivashka in straight sets and Jeremy Chardy defeated the 23rd seeded Gilles Simon in straight sets in some of the other matches in the day.