An Aussie pair powered into the Miami Masters third round on Friday with solid straight-set wins.

Alexei Popyrin led the way with his 6-4, 6-2 defeat of American giant Reilly Opelka; James Duckworth followed suit, defeating Belgian eighth seed David Goffin 6-3, 6-1.

Popyrin followed up on his title breakthrough last month in Singapore with his defeat of Opelka.

“All of the hard work I’ve put in the pre-season is paying off, 11 wins in 14 matches,” Popyrin said.

“I was consistent and put in lots of returns is difficult when Reilly was firing down 230 kph bombs.”

The No. 86 will face a stern test in the third round taking on top seed Daniil Medvedev, a 6-2, 6-2 winner of Taiwan’s Yu, Len-Hsun, who is ranked outside the Top 1000.

Duckworth took full advantage of 32 errors from Goffin, to set a personal pace at only his third Masters 1000 event.

The 104th-ranked Australian struck 22 winners as he dispatched the ATP No. 13 in 77 minutes.

Goffin was just off a fifth career trophy last month in Montpellier.

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