Alcaraz advances at Miami Open, remains No. 1

Alcaraz advances at Miami Open, remains No. 1

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- picked up a straight-set win at the Miami Open on Friday to keep his world No. 1 ranking over idle .

Djokovic is not participating in the Miami Open because he still cannot travel to the United States as a foreign citizen who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Alcaraz, who beat in the 2022 US Open final for his first No. 1 ranking, defeated 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the third round in Miami.

dropped out of the top 10 on Monday for the first time in 18 years. Alcaraz, a 19-year-old from Spain, rose into that spot a day after ending 's 19-match winning streak by beating him in straight sets in the final at Indian Wells, California.

Ruud, who's ranked No. 4, won his match against 6-2, 6-3. He'll face No. 26 on Sunday in the third round.

No. 1 American and No. 9 seed began his tournament campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 win over . Fritz is 17-1 in his opening rounds of hard court tournaments since the start of 2022, with his only loss coming at the 2022 US Open to No. 303 .

Fritz will next face No. 24 , who defeated on Friday.

On the women's side, -- the 2019 US Open champion -- came from a set down to oust No. 7 seed 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Andreescu improved to 2-1 over Sakkari, with both wins coming in Miami.

Andreescu will face in the third round.

No. 2 beat 6-4, 6-3 and extended her record to 4-0 versus Rogers. Sabalenka will face No. 31 in the third round.

No. 5 lost to 6-2, 6-3. Cirstea beat Garcia 10 days ago in the fourth round at Indian Wells, and will face next.

In other action, defeated No. 4 6-2, 6-2; and beat 6-4, 6-2.