Raonic Withdraws [Miami]
Third seed Milos Raonic has announced his withdrawal due to a hamstring injury, ahead of his third-round match against Jared Donaldson at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Sunday.
“It's related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray Beach,” Raonic told the assembled media in Miami. “It's the same muscle in the hamstring up high. It got progressively worse after my first round, after practising yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.
“Right now the perspective is going to change a little bit. Obviously the goal through these tournaments being on hard courts was that I can come back as soon as I feel ready. I think that that perspective is going to change to come back when I feel like I'm 100 per cent. That could be in two weeks; that could be a little bit longer. I think the ideology behind when I'm back playing matches and competing, it will be in the sense that that's the best shape my body could be in.”
Raonic, who was forced to pull out of the BNP Paribas Open earlier this month due to the same injury, attempted to play after warming up on Grandstand court, but was unable to proceed. The Canadian had defeated Viktor Troicki in Friday’s second-round.
Donaldson, meanwhile, advanced to his first Round of 16 in Miami and second at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event (Toronto 2016). A qualifier this week at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, the #NextGenATP American needed three sets to defeat Kyle Edmund in the first round before upsetting 28th seed Mischa Zverev in the second round.
Two weeks ago, Donaldson's countryman Donald Young had yet to reach the fourth round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Now the 27 year old has achieved the feat in back-to-back Masters 1000 events.
Young surged to his best showing at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Sunday with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory against Benoit Paire. The Frenchman was a perfect four-for-four on break points but saved only five of the nine that came on his serve during the third-round match.
Young, who also made the fourth round in Indian Wells last week, has climbed from No. 88 in January to No. 51 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and will return to the Top 50 after Miami. Key to Young's strong play at Masters 1000 events has been his performance in tie-breaks, as shown against Paire. By winning the first-set tie-break, Young improved to 10-1 in set tie-breaks this season.
He'll next face Italian Fabio Fognini, who outlasted Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes. Fognini saved both break points in the third set to improve to 3-0 against Chardy in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.