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  • Ramos fights off Blake, Nishikori advances

    3/25/13 12:01 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Ramos fights off Blake, Nishikori advances Wildcard James Blake made a valiant effort to get through another round, but Spaniard Albert Ramos edged past him for a spot in the round of 16, while Kei Nishikori had little trouble brushing past Xavier Malisse.

    Albert Ramos def. James Blake (WC) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

    The first set of this third round encounter was actually the most entertaining. Spain's Albert Ramos was on fire, smacking winners and keeping his nose just in front of Blake. The American veteran did well to keep pace with Ramos, but in the end the Spaniard came out a break ahead and took the lead.

    Blake took advantage of a drastic dip in form from Ramos in the second set. The Spaniard was missing shots he'd hit with ease in the opener, a boon for Blake who breezed through the set without facing a single break point.

    The American continued to play well at the beginning of the third set, but couldn't manage to snag a break of the Ramos serve. Eventually, Blake started feeling the fatigue of playing three sets and Ramos got the only break of the set at 5-5. The Spaniard breezed through his final service game to close out the win.

    Kei Nishikori (13) def. Xavier Malisse 6-2, 7-5

    Everything seems to be clicking for Japan's Kei Nishikori. He is enjoying a career high ranking of 15 in the world right now and he's breezed through the Miami draw so far with ease.

    Nishikori was able to take advantage of a dismal first serve percentage from Malisse to work his way into the Belgian's service games on many occasions. Malisse faced down 10 break points in the brief, straight-set encounter, while Nishikori only looked at one for the entire match.

    The win sends the red-hot Nishikori into a fourth round showdown with No. 3 seed David Ferrer.

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