Following a great result at Indian Wells, the young Serb Miomir Kecmanovic is off to a great start in Miami as well, toppling Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-5 in an hour and 31 minutes. Kecmanovic dropped just 12 points in ten service games and the Latvian couldn't follow that pace in his games, facing 15 break points and getting broken four times to finish his Miami journey in the opening round.
Miomir had the upper hand in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, taking five games in a row in the opening set and crossing the finish line with a service winner at 6-5 in set number two after a tighter battle to set a thrilling second-round clash with another NextGen star Frances Tiafoe.
Filip Krajinovic defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 while a qualifier Andrey Rublev took down Taro Daniel in three sets for the sixth Masters 1000 victory. "It was a tricky match against Ernests, we both played well and I had to find the way to deal with his serve, leaving me with not too many options.
I think I was a more consistent player on the court in the crucial moments and that pushed me over the finish line. My goal is to finish the season inside the top-100 and to improve my game and learn as much as possible. It is great to have so many players from Serbia around, we are pushing each other and that mutual support means a lot to all of us.
It should be interesting to play against Frances Tiafoe again, we know each other for quite a while and I can't wait to step on the court against him."