March 28, 2006: On Saturday Mark followed up his first round win with yet another loss, this one 4-6, 6-7 (3-7) to Nieminen. No real match reports or news articles spoke of the match other than to say it was yet another in a line of disappointing performances for Mark. On Sunday Mark took to the doubles court with Safin, but they lost 5-7, 3-6 to Grosjean and Serra. Not exactly the kind of weekend Mark was looking forward to.
March 26, 2006: It took two days but Mark managed to beat Sanguinetti 6-4. 4-6. 6-3 to advance to the second round at the Nasdaq 100 Miami Masters event. It’s a good sign that Mark was able to keep his focus over two days of play and prevail after the rain delayed the match. Next up will be Niemenan.