Don’t want to talk about Ray Moore and equal prize money? I can’t blame you. The Miami men’s draw just popped out and it’s got the Top 15 players including Roger Federer who makes an early return off knee surgery.
Looking at the brackets. Novak Djokovic could meet Roger Federer in his semifinal while Andy Murray could see either Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka.
Four-timeFive-time champ and 2-time defending winner Djokovic has Martin Klizan in the third round, Dominic Thiem (or Feliciano Lopez again) in the fourth then Tomas Berdych or Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals. That’s a tough, but manageable draw for Novak.
Federer’s gotta feel better about his decision to play after looking his draw. Yes, he could have Del Potro in his opener but then it’s Jeremy Chardy in the third, David Goffin in the fourth and David Ferrer or Marin Cilic in the quarters. If the knee is okay he should get through.
In the pick of the section, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka find themselves in the third quarter. Plus John Isner, Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios and even Milos Raonic! Talk about the quarter of death! If Raonic’s is healthy he’d be my guy, but that’s a very open section.
And in the last quarter, it’s part-time Miami resident Andy Murray. And it’s a tricky section with Borna Coric, then Grigor Dimitrov followed Gael Monfils and then Kei Nishikori in the quarters. So tough draw.
I’ll have more later (not Ray Moore either!) when I have more time, but right now I can’t see anyone stopping Djokovic from a 3-peat there.
The men’s event starts on Thursday I believe. Seeds on Saturday.
Seeded 16s (unreal matchups!)
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