March Madness tennis-style continues this week with the Sony Ericsson Open Miami on the shores of Key Biscayne, and the draw is now out.
The second Tennis Masters event has virtually the same field as Indian Wells, just with more humidity, more rain, ocean wind and the lure of the South Beach nightlife.
Initially, thoughts are top seed Roger Federer has a great quarter, he should sail through. Andy Murray looks good out to the quarterfinals where he could run into Robin Soderling again.
In the bottom half, Rafael Nadal could get tested early by Taylor Dent and Viktor Troicki, in addition to JW Tsonga in the quarterfinals.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick are seeded to collide in the last quarter. But Djokovic could have to deal with Richard Gasquet and James Blake before then. Roddick has a great draw out to a rematch in the 16s with Indian Wells champ Ivan Ljubicic.
Here are the 16s matchups: Federer v. Berdych; Cilic v. Verdasco; Murray v. Youhzny; Gonzalez v. Soderling; Tsonga v. Ferrero; Ferrer v. Nadal; Roddick v. Ljubicic; Monfils v. Djokovic.
The quarterfinals are seeded: Federer v. Cilic; Murray v. Soderling; Tsonga v. Nadal; Roddick v. Djokovic.
Some good first round matchups: Ancic v. Chardy, Blake v. Krajinovic (a teen phenom), Gasquet v. O. Rochus, Fish v. L. Mayer
Missing are Juan Martin Del Potro (wrist), Tommy Haas (hip), Lleyton Hewitt (hip) and Nikolay Davydenko (wrist).
The main draw begins on Wednesday. I’ll have some picks before then!
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