Now we really are getting to the business end of March’s secong ATP Master 1000 tournament – Miami. In this post, I’ll review the main competitors’ upcoming matches, and what they did to get there. It canot impact the rankings as dramatically as Indian Wells, but Djokovic, Murray, Ferrer and Tomas Berdych have all played exhibition throughout.
The speedy Serbian has so far had an easy ride. He got a bye through the first round, and in the second it was staghtforward. The Serb beat ‘the man who beat Nadal’ 6-1, 6-0 very quickly having lost just one game. In the second the difficulty did not increase, facing one of India’s Davis Cup competitors; Somdev Devvarman. He has recently lost some of his form, as in 2010 he achievd a Gold Medal in the Commonwealth games, but in the last couple of years he has dropped about 180 ATP ranking places. After beating a lucky loser in the first round, he lost 6-2, 6-4 to Djokovic. Next he will face fifthteenth seeded Tommy Haas.
The Britsh number one of course got a by through the first round, but in the second Murray had tougher opposition – 45th ranked Australian Bernard Tomic – but still despatched him 6-3, 6-1. Today he will play Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. It could be a close match as the number 32 has only played a set and two games so far, having got a bye and then his next opponent retiring. Then again, Andy didn’t have to work very hard to win his second round match either. So I think we can safely say he’ll face Andreas Seppi or Tomas Bellucci in round four, and proably Tsonga or Cilic if he wins that.
There have been a couple of shocks during the early stages of this one – namely in the scond round.The first was when Spaniard Albert Ramos overturned Juan Monaco. The left-handed 25 year-old (Ramos) won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a match he mostly controlled. e then beat James Blake, an American that had been in a good run of form, and next he faces Aurstrian Jurgen Mezler – who he sould beat if he continues playing like he has. Later that day, we saw Indian Wells finalist Juan Martin del Potro beaten by world number 89 Tobias Kamke in a one-sided match; in the first it was pretty even and it went to a tie-break, but in the second DelPo basically gave up and looked relieved when the match was over – losing 7-6, 6-1. Overall, it was abad day if your first name was Juan.
Ferrer, Tsonga, Berdych and the other top contenders have had no such problems. But if you have a problem with this post, or just want to add an opinion on the tournament then please leave a comment!