Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is one win away from making his main draw debut at the Miami Open after coming from behind to beat Italy’s Luca Vanni in the first round of qualifying today.
The 18-year-old second seed triumphed 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Hard Rock Stadium as action begun at the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour Masters 1000 event.
Auger-Aliassime, who fell in the first round of qualifying last year to the United States' Mackenzie McDonald, will play another Italian, Paolo Lorenzi, for a place in the main draw.
Lorenzi defeated Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 today.
Among today’s other winners was fourth seed McDonald, overcoming Canada’s Peter Polansky 7-6, 7-5, as well as third-seeded compatriot Reilly Opelka, who edged past Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen 7-6, 7-6.
Also tasting victory was France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, on the comeback trail from knee surgery last April, as he beat Czech Republic’s Lukáš Rosol 6-3, 6-4.
Top seed Radu Albot of Moldova, meanwhile, defeated Italy’s Gianluigi Quinzi 7-6, 6-0.
In the Women's Tennis Association Premier Mandatory Tour event, Japan's Misaki Doi and Nao Hibino upset the top two seeds in the first round of qualifying.
Former top-30 player Doi needed nearly two-and-a-half hours and had to save four match points spanning two sets before overcoming number one seed Anastasia Potapova of Russia, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.
Hibino also came back from a set down, eliminating number two seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes.
Other high seeds made it through their opening matches.
Number three seed Dalila Jakupović of Slovenia beat France's Fiona Ferro, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, while number four seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland advanced when India's Karman Kaur Thandi had to retire while trailing 6-0, 3-0.
Action in Miami is due to continue tomorrow.
Men's and women's qualifying will conclude and the first round of the women's main draw will get underway.