Davis sent packing in Miami
3/30/II 9:44 PM | Gavin Burns
Heath Davis has missed a big opportunity to advance to the quarter finals of a Masters Series event as he was upset in straight sets by giant killer Tal Cohen.
Davis, who was fresh off one of the biggest wins of his career against Indian Wells champ Sven Oxenstierna, came out in the hot Florida sun with more court time than his Israeli opponent despite playing one fewer match. But scheduled to play first on the Tuesday, Davis looked lethargic after a drawn out doubles affair yesterday. Where he served brilliantly against Oxenstierna, here he was at least 10 km/h slower while his first serve percentage dipped.
Cohen gave him opportunities with four break points in the first set, but Davis only took advantage of one and was left to battle with some aggressive returning from Cohen who looked more than comfortable to stand up to his second serves and look to come forward at all opportunities.
Davis gave Cohen seven break points in the first set, and that was all the World No. 42 needed for two service breaks to take the first set 6-4. Davis, who was on the receiving end of a worse scoreline in his first set against Oxenstierna, needed a much better start to the second set but sought assistance from the trainer between sets and was obviously less than comfortable on his right ankle.
Nevertheless, he had the chance for a 2-0 lead as Cohen was wrongfooted by a deep forehand and sent the ball flying into the crowd. Despite that hiccup, Cohen held serve through some clinical volleying and then took a 4-3 lead by earning a big break of serve. That seemed to cripple Davis who has no way back from there as Cohen took four games in a row to secure a dominant 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Cohen now plays his fourth seeded player in a row after seventh seed József Boros looked in imposing form as he touched up Colombian Diego Hurtado. Like Cohen, Boros has dropped just one set this week - his first - which he was bagelled in. While Hurtado looked so strong in his first two matches, he offered nothing here and was sent packing 3-6, 0-6.