Jannik Sinner has saved five match points against Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to a showdown with Nick Kyrgios at the Miami Open but it was Alexander Bublik that produced the most memorable shot of the day.
Sinner whipped the crown into a frenzy as he outlasted Carreno Busta 5-7 7-5 7-5 in a sensational display in the third round.
Carreno Busta had Sinner on the ropes in the 10th game of the second set, nearly breaking him for the match before the Italian recovered to hold his serve and converted on a chance in the next game.
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They traded breaks in the third before a marathon 10th game in which the Spaniard nearly broke his opponent for the win four times.
World No.11 Sinner, who launched 15 aces, survived and converted on a chance in the next game to seize the advantage.
Serving for the match, he clinched the affair with a forehand winner.
Sinner, the 2021 runner-up next faces Australian wildcard Kyrgios, who was clinical in dispatching Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4 and dropping just five first-serve points in the process.
World No.12 Cameron Norrie overcame a late wobble to defeat Hugo Gaston and move into the fourth round.
British No.1 Norrie is on course to break into the top 10 for the first time next week and was ultimately too strong for talented Frenchman Gaston, winning 6-3 7-5 with an ace on his seventh match point.
“It was one of those days where it was tough to close it out. I was a little bit stressed there,” the left-hander told Amazon Prime Video.
Norrie will have to turn around an 0-2 head-to-head record against Norwegian Casper Ruud if he is to reach the last eight.
World No.8 Ruud dispatched Bublik 6-3 6-2 in less than an hour but it was his opponent who came up with a highlight-reel shot that stunned the crowd and commentators.
In the fifth game of the second set, the Kazakh flipped his racquet over and tapped an overhead over the net with the handle, before crushing a subsequent smash to win the point.
“You will be on Tennis TV like always,” Ruud quipped to Bublik after the match.
American hope Frances Tiafoe reached the last 16 with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over young Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo.