Rising Finnisn star Emil Ruusuvuori surprised even himself after creating a big comeback to stun Alexander Zverev at the Miami Masters.
Ruusuvuori, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 83 in the world, stunned Zverev 1-6 6-3 6-1 to reach the Miami third round in his debut at the tournament.
Zverev stormed past the first set as he claimed three breaks to win the opener.
However, Ruusuvuori responded in the second set as he claimed three breaks and lost his serve twice to force a decider.
The two players were tied at one-game apiece in the third set before the Finn earned backto-back breaks to seal the win.
“I don’t even know myself [how I turned this match around],” Ruusuvuori said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I wasn’t feeling very comfortable in the first set and I was making a lot of unforced errors. But slowly in the second I was starting to feel a bit better…
“Of course, it’s one of the biggest wins in my career so it feels good.”
Ruusuvuori recovered from a slow start to the match
“I wanted to play [this way] in the first set too, but I was just missing too much and he was playing pretty okay, making a lot of balls and it was tough to return the serve,” he said. “In the end, I was not making a lot of mistakes and picking my shots very well. That of course helps a lot in tennis!”
Meanwhile, American home favorite Frances Tiafoe beat Daniel Evans 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-3.
“I thought I hit my forehand great tonight and I served really well at times. But overall, it was in how I competed,” Tiafoe said. “I mean, I could have easily went away after 5-3, 40/0 serving and losing the first [set]. But I stuck with it and he felt that, and I was able to get the win. So that’s big.”