Miami Open Masters 2016 Results: Scores, Bracket and Schedule After Tuesday

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2016

Following a rash of upsets throughout the tournament, top-seeded Novak Djokovic headed into Tuesday at the 2016 Miami Open with a major target on his back.

Djokovic was one of a few seeded players taking the court in Key Biscayne, Florida, as the event begins reaching the latter stages. Fourth-round play concluded in the men's side, while the quarterfinals began in the women's draw.

The updated brackets for the men's singles and women's singles tournaments are available on the tournament's official website.  

Here's a brief recap for how each draw unfolded Tuesday.


Men's Recap

Men's Singles Results—Tuesday, March 29
Novak Djokovic [1] def. Dominic Thiem [14]6-3, 6-4
Tomas Berdych [7] def. Richard Gasquet [10]6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Milos Raonic [12] def. Damir Dzumhur6-0, 6-3
David Goffin [15] def. Horacio Zeballos7-5, 6-3
Gilles Simon [18] def. Lucas Pouille6-0, 6-1
Nick Kyrgios [24] def. Andrey Kuznetsov7-6(3), 6-3
Gael Monfils [16] def. Grigor Dimitrov7-6(5), 6-3, 6-3

The men's draw provided few surprises Tuesday, as the top seeds have all advanced to the quarterfinals.

Djokovic may have won in straight sets, but that doesn't properly convey how hard Dominic Thiem pushed him. The top player in the world surrendered 15 break-point opportunities, saving all but one. Thiem actually won more return points (43) than he did on serve (34).

According to TennisTV, the 22-year-old Austrian also hit more winners (15) than his opponent (six), and Djokovic committed nine double-faults.

However, Thiem was unable to put Djokovic away when he had the chance, a problem he acknowledged after the match, per the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds: "With one of 15 break points, you cannot beat anyone, probably. For sure, not Djokovic."

On Wednesday, Djokovic will meet Tomas Berdych, who had his hands full with Richard Gasquet, in the quarterfinals. The turning point in the match came in the 11th game of the third set, when Berdych earned a service break. That allowed him to serve for the match, and he quickly put the Frenchman away for the victory.

Of course, Berdych's matchup in the quarters puts a damper on his win Tuesday. Djokovic owns a 22-2 advantage in the pair's 24 meetings. Berdych's last win came in Rome in 2013.

Elsewhere in Key Biscayne, Nick Kyrgios still hasn't dropped a set in the tournament following a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov. Tennis broadcaster Craig Gabriel noted that this was also a big win for Kyrgios from a historical perspective:

Kyrgios faces off with Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals, which should be one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament. Raonic is seemingly turning a corner in his career, while Kyrgios can challenge the best in the world when he's on top of his game. Once the Miami Open draw was made, tennis fans hoped this matchup would come to fruition.


Women's Recap

Women's Singles Results—Tuesday, March 29
Timea Bacsinszky [19] def. Simona Halep [5]4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Svetlana Kuznetzova [15] def. Ekaterina Makanrova [30]6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3

One day after Serena Williams exited the Miami Open, another top seed in the women's draw fell after No. 5 Simona Halep lost in straight sets to No. 19 Timea Bacsinszky. It's Bacsinszky's third consecutive win over a ranked opponent and her second in a row against somebody in the top five after she knocked out third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.

"I came back from a long road," she said in her on-court interview with Andrew Krasny (via the WTA's official website). "The first set was really tough. She's an awesome player and a great fighter. For the last year, she has also been an inspiration for me because I believe in hard work and she's one of the players who work really hard, so to be able to play that well against her and to catch the win is really amazing."

According to WTA Insider, Halep felt her performance drop once the second set began:

The 24-year-old looked to be physically and mentally spent after falling 1-5 behind in the third set, via Live Tennis:

2016 has been a year to forget for Halep so far. Following her run to the Apia International Sydney semifinals, she lost her next three WTA matches and failed to advance past the quarters at either the BNP Paribas Open or the Miami Open.

She needs to start putting some positive results together before she heads to Paris for the French Open, in which she has exited in the second round or earlier in five of the last six years.


Wednesday Schedule

2016 Miami Open Schedule—Wednesday, March 30
Time (ET) NoteMatchupDraw
10:45 a.m.Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka [5] vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova [3]Women's Doubles
Not Before 1 p.m.Johanna Konta [24] vs. Victoria Azarenka [13]Women's Singles
Not Before 3 p.m.David Goffin [15] vs. Gilles Simon [18]Men's Singles
----Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan [4] vs. Omar Jasika/John-Patrick SmithMen's Doubles
Not Before 7 p.m.Madison Keys [22] vs. Angelique Kerber [2]Women's Singles
Not Before 9 p.m.Novak Djokovic [1] vs. Tomas Berdych [7]Men's Singles
11 a.m.Timea Babos/Yaroslava Shvedova [4] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko/Olga SavchukWomen's Doubles
Not Before 1 p.m.Jeremy Chardy/Fabrice Martin vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut [5]Men's Doubles
----John Isner/Nicholas Monroe vs. Treat Huey/Max MirnyiMen's Doubles
Not Before 6 p.m.Philipp Petzschner/Alexander Peya vs. Raven Klaasen/Rajeev RamMen's Doubles
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4 p.m.Yi-Fan Xu/Saisai Zheng [8] vs. Ekaterina Makarova/Barbora StrycovaWomen's Doubles

A head-to-head record isn't a definitive indicator for future matches between two players. Williams was 8-2 against Svetlana Kuznetsova before Monday night and hadn't lost to the Russian since 2009. Then, Kuznetsova won in three sets.

With that said, Djokovic advancing to the semifinals is one of the safest bets in tennis. His dominance over Berdych extends to all surfaces, and he's surrendered just two sets to the Czech in his last nine wins, dating back to Wimbledon 2013.

Part of Djokovic's struggles were a result of the humid weather Tuesday afternoon in Key Biscayne. With Wednesday's match starting no earlier than 9 p.m. ET, the conditions shouldn't be as much of a factor. As long as he can avoid the sluggishness that plagued him against Thiem, he should coast past Berdych.

On the women's side, many eyes will be on Madison Keys to see if she can knock out Angelique Kerber. Keys looked good in the fourth round against Irina-Camelia Begu, but Kerber will present an entirely different set of challenges.

If the 21-year-old American can pull off the upset, it will be her biggest WTA win since last year's victory over Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Australian Open.


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