Miami Masters is the year’s second ATP Masters 1000 on men’s tour. As the Indian Wells Masters, it’s one of the largest tournaments outside the four Majors. The winner will be prized with 1 mln USD and 1000 ranking points. The status of the event affords us to see top players competing for the title. Even Roger Federer has changed his mind and will be fighting for the first Miami Open since 2006.
Playing conditions at the Miami Open 2016
According to the most recent weather forecasts, the Miami Open will go under rainy conditions, which will be another challenge to overcome for the event’s officials. Rain may spoil some of the matches and become a frequent reason for delays. And as you know, any delay influences the course of the play and impact the final outcome. The wind speed at the expected 15-30 kmph is strong enough to negatively influence the players who are used to throwing the ball high enough when serving: Isner, Cilic, Raonic. So weather elements are to be taken into account.
Miami Open 2016 draw overview
Novak Djokovic is the main favorite not only in the upper half of the draw but at the whole event. However, opening against youngsters Kyle Edmund or Jiri Vesely is not the easiest first-round scenario. The in-form Martin Klizan is also likely to struggle hard against the Serb. Then it will be much simpler: either Dominic Thiem or Sousa, Berdych in the quarters and Roger Federer in the semis. We guess that if the Serb makes it through the first three rounds, he’ll be unstoppable.
The bottom half of the draw features more contenders for the title but only a few may pose a threat on Novak Djokovic. They are John Isner, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray. Shall it be Nadal or Raonic appearing in the final, they won’t be a challenge for the Serb. Actually Rafa has no big chances to make a deep run in Miami. Leonardo Mayer from Argentina, Milos Raonic and Jack Sock present potential pitfalls in the Spaniard's path to the final stage. Big servers Stan Wawrinka and John Isner are also in excellent form and definitely not the easiest players to face.
Andy Murray who made an early exit at the Indian Wells Masters at the hands of Federico Delbonis has good chances to make it to the final in Miami. The Scot’s route seems to be smooth and clam with no big challenges up to the quarters. Then he’ll probably face with Kei Nishikori or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and someone exhausted out of Nadal’s quarter of the draw.
As for Djokovic’s of the draw, it has a distinctly unthreatening look. It will be interesting to watch David Goffin’s play. The Belgian is in an amazing physical form after his run to his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal round in California. Probably his tennis was one of the surprising and pleasant performances we’ve seen on the Indian Wells courts.
So you see the picture looks very entertaining. A fortnight of awesome tennis is guaranteed.
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