The first day of men’s competition at the Masters 1,000 in Miami has not been ideal for the Spanish representation, which has seen the three players who participated today fall eliminated. Roberto Carballés has been eliminated by David Goffin by 6-2 and 6-3, Fernando Verdasco has not been able to with Borna Coric, who has won 6-4 and 7-5, and Jaume Munar has lost to Taro Daniel by 6-3 and 6-4. In this way, they remain as Spanish representation in the men’s edition Carlos Alcaraz, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos, Pablo Carreño, Alejandro Davidovich and Pedro Martínez. With the exception of the last two, the rest are exempt from playing in the first round.
The first Spaniard to begin his participation in Miami this Wednesday was Roberto Carballés. The man from Tenerife, who had just fallen at the first change in Indian Wells, He was facing the Belgian David Goffin, who became the world top-10. And, from the first moment, Goffin was superior. Carballés gave up his first serve, and since then he has been behind on the scoreboard. The Spanish did not take advantage of his first service, and that weighed too much. In the second sleeve, Carballés was encouraged, and got ahead thanks to a break in favor. However, Goffin scored four games in a row to seal the match. The Belgian will be Pablo Carreño’s rival in the second round.
Special was Fernando Verdasco’s match, who had achieved a place in this Masters 1,000 through the previous one. It was the first match of a tournament of this category that Verdasco played since he did it in Madrid last year. His rival was the Croatian Borna Coric, currently 166 in the world due to injuries, which weighed down the 25-year-old tennis player’s career, who came close to the top ten in the ranking. In the first set equality reigned, with both players defending their services to perfection. But, on the second break chance that Verdasco conceded in the entire set, Coric took advantage of it and closed out the set. More irregular was the second sleeve, in which the Madrilenian started from behind. He managed to break his rival’s serve twice in a row, but Verdasco gave up the next three games and ended up succumbing to Coric. The Croatian awaits the German Alexander Zverev in the second round, second seed in Miami.
The third Spaniard in contention on the day was Jaume Munar, who also came to this Masters 1,000 having qualified in the previous one, where he beat the Swedish Elias Ymer. The Mallorcan landed in Miami after having a great role in Indian Wells, but this time he could not get past the first round. The Japanese Taro Daniel, 106 in the world, did not give Munar an option. Especially in the first set, in which the Majorcan had no chance to break. Daniel did take advantage of one of his three chances, enough to score his sleeve. Two service losses at the start of the second heat they were decisive for Munar, who was not able to turn it around.
Results of the Miami Masters 1,000.