Poll: Who Will Win Miami? Can Djokovic 3-Peat In The Last Hardcourt Event Before July?
by Staff | March 18th, 2013, 2:12 pm
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The Miami men’s draw was released a short while ago. Missing the event for the first time in their careers are 2-time winner Roger Federer and Indian Wells champion Rafael Nadal. The draw is still loaded with former champion Novak Djokovic, US Open winner Andy Murray plus Indian Wells runner-up Juan Martin Del Potro and many top stars.

Two-time defending champion Djokovic and winner of three Miami titles was drawn in the same half as Del Potro/Ferrer, Berdych was placed in Murray’s.

Djokovic’s road could take him through Lukas Rosol, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Haas before either Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon or his struggling countryman Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals. Simon might have to play Lleyton Hewitt in the second round while Haas could face former champion Nikolay Davydenko in his third rounder.

The Ferrer-Del Potro quarter is maybe the softest with just few real threats among the other seeds. Ferrer could run into Fabio Fognini before either Kei Nishikoiri or Jeremy Chardy. Del Potro might have Marcel Granollers ahead of Julien Benneteau or Juan Monaco.

Berdych will have plenty of strong compeition to deal with in his section. The Czech is seeded to meet the sliding Fernando Verdasco in the third round before either Sam Querrey or Milos Roanic in the fourth. Likely quarterfinal opposition will come in the form of either Richard Gasquet or Nicolas Almagro.

Murray, the 2009 champion and Miami resident, has maybe the toughest quarter. The Scot’s path could take him through Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov and then Jerzy Janowicz. In the quarters it could Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner or Marin Cilic depending on who emerges from a brutal section which also includes Ivan Dodig, Viktor Troicki and David Nalbandian who plays Jarkko Nieminen.

Matches begin on Wednesday with play scheduled from the top half of the draw. Djokovic will open his title defense on Friday night against the Gilles Muller-Lukos Rosol winner. Murray will begin on Saturday.


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46 Comments for Poll: Who Will Win Miami? Can Djokovic 3-Peat In The Last Hardcourt Event Before July?

Steve 27 Says:

Vamos Murray, if you want number 2 position in the rankings, you have to win the title.


alison Says:

Lovely picture of Nole and Jelena who make such a cute couple,and that little dog is adorable.


The Great Davy Says:

My wife just buy new collection of russian dress. This is tournament with the a lot of money right?


Humble Rafa Says:

Vamos Murray

They don’t go together.


Humble Rafa Says:

Great Davy,

Your wife can buy all the dress she needs. You are playing the Bet At Home Open, right? The “winnings” from that tournament will pay for everything.


jane Says:

Where IS Andy on the draw? I looked 3 times at that link you gave Tom and I can’t find him??


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Nole and Andy are going to be very hungry. Del Potro, Berdych, Tsonga and Raonic will want to have a say in this too.


Daniel Says:

I go with Djoko.

Neother Fed or Nadal for him to worry about and he must be pissed due to his level drop in DelPo match. Against almost everybody he was able to regroup after his second set lapses but not DelPo.

Also, his level is there, you just don’t beat a fellow top10 like Tsonga in 53 minutes, even with Tsonga playing crap.

Djoko wants a testimony win and he may get a rematch with DelPo in their semis and possible Muray in the finals.


bada bing Says:

Daniel
I concur about the testimony win


jane Says:

Ha ha, I missed the second page, duh. I don’t like Mondays. There are some interesting match-ups early on.


bada bing Says:

I don’t think Delpo will regroup this quickly.


jane Says:

bada bing, I tend to agree with you; for some reason I am not sure I see Delpo winning or getting as deep in Miami.


Kimberly Says:

^^^^^^^^
Because he looked exhausted on sunday!


Kimberly Says:

At the end of the match, but he likely wouldn’t play til Saturday so theoretically he should have a lot of rest. But I remember his lasts masters final in Montreal Murray he was exhausted, pulled from Cincy (then of course won the us open) but there was a shorter turnaround time


Skeezer Says:

Heat 23 Straight!!!


Kimberly Says:

How insane was that win tonight! Thought the c’s had us!


Michael Says:

Yet again I pick Novak as the favourite to win Miami. The loss at Indian Wells would have given him added motivation to win this one. Ofcourse it is a depleted line up but still it is tough. Novak has nothing to gain and everything to lose from this since he won this title last year defeating Murray. My second favourite for the title would be Del Potro.


al Says:

Novak’s form lately was up and down, hope the loss in Indian Wells is a wake up call to him. On the other hand, Del Potro should do well riding the confidence from a good run there.


Humble Rafa Says:

Heat 23 Straight!!!

They reserve the losses for the play offs.


Kimberly Says:

Humble rafa—-I think the Cleveland traitor had another ring coming!


Brando Says:

Wonderful article about how DEL POTRO could turn the top 4 into a top 5.

http://www1.skysports.com/tennis/news/12111/8577691/Juan-Martin-Del-Potro-beats-Federer-and-Djokovic-but-can-he-break-top-four

It’s true when it reads that Delpo has NO FEAR of the big 4- and that is what makes him the next in line IMO to break out into the top 4!


Margot Says:

And who do you think he’ll replace, Brando?….;)


Brando Says:

@Margot:

LOL, if i dare say who Margot, I reckon i’ll receive similar treatment to what Berdych gets here- alot of love and affection! :-)

It ain’t rafa or muzza for sure- that information i’ll let you in on. :-P


Margot Says:

Lol Brando, it can be our little secret then…;)


Humble Rafa Says:

Cleveland traitor is always a traitor.


jane Says:

And not Nole! :)


Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One’s 2 friends – Mr. Woody, the golf player and Ms.Lookie (Vonn) are dating.

Not surprised anymore.


Milan Says:

Djokovic’s 17-0 start to the 2013 season is far less impressive than his 41-0 start in 2011. However, 17-0 is still better than Federer’s best start to a season which came in 2006, when he began the season 16-0.

It speaks volumes how good Novak has been in 2013 so far.


Alok Says:

I’ll join Courbon in stating that there are many Nostradumus prediciting the rise and fall of those players some people here are itching to see get dethroned. Things go around in a circle guys, so I hope your crystal balls don’t let you down. It must be wonderful to see what evil lurks for those we hate? Now, who are the haters some blab about so effusively?damn your hate is showing.


Alok Says:

BTW, Delpo and Murray are now friends.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Tall Elf becomes friends with everybody. That is not good.

See, me and Birdshit never made up.


Kimberly Says:

Hi all, exhausted just came back from qualification at the Sony. Went with the kids and mostly just watched the players practice. So a few notes.

Watched wozniaki practice with her dad and rory on the court watching, she seemed to be focusing a lot on her serve.

Watched sloane practice, she was hitting nicely.

Watched sharapova practice with a guy and hogstead watching. She practiced in the stadium and looked sharp.

After sharapova finished Murray and Monaco came on to play a practice match. Watched for a bit and then the kids got hungry. Murray looked relaxed and his game looked great. Lendl was there with him.

Watched almagro absolutely murder the ball and cannot figure out why 1. He does not have better results on hardcourt 2. Why he doesn’t believe in himself. The guy has a seriously big game with a lot of grace, attacks on both wings with a great serve.

Watched Kerber, Robson, makarova, schiavone, vesnina, kuznetsova, petrova cibulkova, and a lot of others wtas on the practice courts. Seemed to be a lot of ladies out. A lot of them warming up with coaches with catch games with various size balls,

Watched sock lose to ginepri looking really bad doing it, couldn’t buy a first serve and some really bad unforced errors,

Saw berloq grunting away on the practice court, fognini, haas, Simon. Of this crew berloq seemed to be hitting the hardest.

Watched kirllenko play lisicki in a practice match. Kirllenko looked much more consistent but markedly less power. Just as beautiful in person as on tv. We did not see Serena although we heard she was onsite.

Chatted with Justin gimelstob and Todd Martin. Got lots of autographs and photos. Will be going to see some first round matches Thursday, second round on Friday, and then we have tix to the men’s quarters and womens semi next Thursday. Don’t know if I will be motivated for other late round tickets with no rafa playing. Last year of course, I bought tix to the rafa Murray semi was headed down and the rafa pulled. The weekend is too crazy with parking and I am going to watch humble rafa’s favorite team play the bobcats on Sunday anyway so will probably skip the weekend,


Kimberly Says:

One other note, bought a bag of sugarpova candy and it was overpriced and absolutely disgusting, my kids won’t even eat it.


Alok Says:

Oh Kimberly, Kimberly, you are killing me with these practice reports from Miami. I’m so envious of you that my grey eyes have turned to green with envy. It’s so cold here in NYC and you’re talking of warm weather?

BTW, did Berlocq drive everyone crazy with his grunting? Can you imagine a doubles team with berlocq, Tipsy,or Lopez, v. Sharapova and Kuznetsova playing? We’d need professional ear protectors.

Have fun and enjoy everything. Plz give us more daily reports and some pics, and send me some sunshine.Thanks.


Kimberly Says:

It was a great day! The qualification day is a great opportunity for the kids to get photos with players and lots of autographs and not so crowded. The grounds pass cost $2 on sutbhub. The parking pass for the good lot cost more than the entry tix. But for the kids it’s great because the players are relaxed and willing to sign and pose for pix with them. We took the kids out of school because come the weekend it will be a challenge to get any autographs. And yes, the weather was perfect :)


The Great Davy Says:

Finally Americans are learning who schedule to be on centre court.

Time for these people to meet The Great Davy.


jane Says:

^ Ha ha. I think Dan Martin said he got the tennis-ball gum and it wasn’t bad.

Thanks for the on-site info Kimberly. It sounds like a whirlwind. Somehow I can see Gimbelstob being chatty but not so much Martin.

I hope Robson does well.


Margot Says:

Thanx so much of that round up kimberly. I always enjoy reading reports from other fans who are on the spot. You really capture the flavour of your day :)
Do hope you gave Andy a hug…..since Rafa wasn’t there of course…;)


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/yxvyf
Miami – Losing Rafa and Roger hurts!


Humble Rafa Says:

One other note, bought a bag of sugarpova candy and it was overpriced and absolutely disgusting, my kids won’t even eat it.

You are not high class. Sorry, it’s meant for those people!


Brando Says:

@Margot:

It will have to be of course. :-)


jamie Says:

Hopefully Nole wins.

Or Andy.


Giles Says:

I reckon Delpo has a very good chance of clinching this title. The huge Latino support will help him.


alison Says:

Would love for Andy to win this title,if not Andy then Delpo,as it would be fantastic to see him build some momentum after his fantastic week he had last week,nothing against Novak,but lets go Delpo,and Andy prepare,attack,destroy.


Giles Says:

Andy has put on too much weight. Thought he was on the infamous gluten free diet, or does that only work for joker??


grisham Says:

Andy is drinking special juice

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