David Ferrer claims Alexander Zverev’s scalp as Denis Shapovalov beats Dan Evans
The David Ferrer farewell tour is getting better and better with the Spaniard claiming a stunning win over Alexander Zverev at the Miami Open.
The 36-year-old will retire from tennis in May this year, but he showed that he can still beat the very best as he upset world No 3 Zverev 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 24, 2019
“It means a lot,” Ferrer said after the match. “It’s a special day because it’s the last year of professional tennis for me. Winning these type of matches against a Top 10 player like Sascha is a gift. I’m very happy and I’m trying to enjoy every point and every moment.
“My motivation is playing at a high level and be competitive. It’s my goal. I can’t play at my best level anymore, but I want to have good energy and play my best in every match.”
He will face another youngster in the third round after 21-year-old Next Gen star Frances Tiafoe came through a gruelling encounter against Miomir Kecmanovic, winning 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and four minutes.
Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov overcame a shaky start to beat Dan Evans 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in just under two hours.
“I am really happy with the match. I knew going in that Dan is a really tough player,” Shapovalov said.
“I knew it was not going to be easy because I had lost to him twice before. I am going to take the win. For me it was going to be a really tough opening round.”
Grigor Dimitrov, playing in his first match since the Australian Open, made a solid start to his campaign as he beat Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3 to set up a clash against Jordan Thompson from Australia.
More from Tennis365:
WATCH: King Richard trailer starring Will Smith as Serena Williams says ‘this should be good’
Nearly time to grab the popcorn for King Richard.
Novak Djokovic closing in on gold at Tokyo Olympics as he admits his ‘level of tennis is getting better and better’
“Best performance of the tournament,” says Djokovic.
Marketa Vondrousova’s dream turns into a reality as she stuns Elina Svitolina to reach final at Olympics
Marketa Vondrousova assured of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
‘To have the medal for me is the greatest thing,’ says Belinda Bencic after reaching Olympic singles final
Already assured of one Olympic medal, Belinda Bencic gunning for a second.
‘Pressure is a privilege,’ says Novak Djokovic as he explains why the noise ‘won’t wear me down’
“Without pressure there is no professional sport,” says Novak Djokovic.
Fabio Fognini apologies for shouting homophobic slur during Olympics defeat, says ‘heat went to my head’
“I apologise for the nonsense that came out of me,” wrote Fabio Fognini.
Andy Murray’s emotional message as his Olympic dream dies – now what happens next?
“I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal,” wrote Andy Murray.
Paula Badosa leaves court in a wheelchair while Elena Svitolina headlines Olympic semi-final line-up
Final four confirmed for the Tokyo Games.
Olympic medallist insists Novak Djokovic is not under pressure to win gold at Tokyo Games
Novak Djokovic should not put pressure on himself to win at Tokyo Games.
Underarm serves and tweeners as Nick Kyrgios returns with a bang as he wins Atlanta opener
An entertaining return to action from Nick Kyrgios.