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Preview: ATP stars touch down in Miami

Mar 20, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
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For those who never tire of the sun and palm trees, the end of Indian Wells means the beginning of Miami Open this week in Florida.

After Roger Federer lifted his fifth title in the Californian desert, all attention shifted to the east coast to start the second Masters 1000 event.

Here is a sneak peak at the men’s draw…

Early rounds

A young gun battle may happen between Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric in the second round of Miami this year. Thiem will receive a first-round bye thanks to his seeding, while Coric will face Marcel Granollers in the opening round.

Tommy Haas will face Jiri Vesley, who is 15 years his junior. Haas is continuing his farewell tour from professional tennis in Miami after skipping Indian Wells (he is the new tournament director and was unable to enter the main draw). The winner of this match will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Donald Young vs. Dustin Brown and Fabio Fognini vs. Ryan Harrison are two more opening round clashes to keep an eye on.

Down the road…

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and world no. 1 Andy Murray have both withdrawn from Miami citing injuries. The absence of the top two players means an open field (kind of?) for new players to step up.

No. 3 seed Milos Raonic is returning to competition after skipping Indian Wells with a hamstring injury. The Canadian has been consistent in making the quarterfinals or better in most events he has played in over the past several months but faces a difficult draw in Miami this year. Viktor Troicki, Kyle Edmund and Jack Sock may all be in his way en route to a quarterfinal clash with Rafa Nadal.

Roger Federer is coming to Miami off a title-run in Indian Wells. While the 35-year-old has already defied many odds against him thus far, the Swiss legend does potentially face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round. Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka also linger in this half.

Rafael Nadal finished his Indian Wells campaign in the fourth round due to a tough draw that pinned him against Federer early on.  This time they are in separate halves of the draw but things don’t get easier for the Spaniard in Miami – Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, Raonic in the quarterfinals and Kei Nishikori in the semis are all possible.

Away from Miami, ATP stars return to Montreal this summer for Coupe Rogers, which kicked off its campaign recently in anticipation of welcoming world-class men’s players back to Canada this summer. Watch: