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Miami Open 2017: Draw Analysis

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Can Rafael Nadal finally win his first Miami Open after four final appearances in a losing cause? Will Roger Federer complete the Indian Wells – Miami double for the third time? Or can the young talents Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev go the distance here at the Crandon Park? The 2nd Masters 1000 of the season, Miami Open 2017 is all set to begin!

Top Half

First Quarter

Stan Wawrinka, French Open, Roland Garros, 2011, Tennis, Sportwalk
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Stan Wawrinka is the top seed for the first time in a Masters 1000 event. The Swiss Number 1 has never gone past the 4th round. Spaniard Feliciano Lopez is his potential third round opponent and might face the Next Gen star Sascha Zverev in the fourth round. Nick Kyrgios, the slayer of Novak Djokovic in Acapulco and Indian Wells will look to improve his record at the Crandon Park! Big Serving John Isner and Ivo Karlovic could pose big threats too.

Interesting opening round matches: Denis Istomin vs Andrey Kuznetsov, Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Malek Jaziri

Second Quarter

Roger Federer, Indian Wells, Tennis, Sportwalk
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The Swiss Superstar Roger Federer headlines this quarter. Resurgence of Roger has lately been the talk of the town. Seeded 4th, Roger is chasing his third Miami title and will be eager to complete the Indian Wells – Miami double for the third time. But his path doesn’t look easy. The Gentle Giant Del Potro, Acapulco Champion Sam Querrey, Spanish Sensation Bautista Agut, Dominic Thiem are all drawn in the same quarter. Potential third round clash between Big Sam and Agut should be a close one. 10th seed Tomas Berdych will look to regain his form after a poor start to the season. The winner of this quarter is expected to meet Stan Wawrinka in the semis. Well, it could be Roger again!

Interesting opening round match: Marcel Granollers vs Borna Coric

Bottom Half

Third Quarter

Rafael Nadal, Copa Movistar, 2013, Tennis, Sportwalk
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5th seed Rafael Nadal, four time finalist at the Miami Masters headlines this quarter. At the other end, 3rd seed Milos Raonic returns to action after missing multiple tournaments due to injury. Nadal will look to win his first Hard court title since Doha Open 2014. His comeback has been amazing but has unable to produce his best tennis in the finals. Nadal’s potential opponent in the third round is Kolhschreiber, who almost defeated Sir Andy Murray at the Dubai open. Grigor Dimitrov, semi finalist at this year’s Australian open would be eager to avenge his defeat against Rafael in the 4th round. Meanwhile, Raonic faces stiff competition to reach the quarters as serve and volley specialist Mischa Zverev, powerful Jack Sock and rising star Nishioka have all been drawn in the same quarter. If both Rafael and Milos succeed in the initial  rounds, we are in for a blockbuster quarter final between them!

Interesting Opening round matches: Jordan Thompson vs Yoshihito Nishioka, Jiri Vesely vs Tommy Haas

Fourth Quarter

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The Japanese Number 1 Kei Nishikori along with 7th seed Marin Cilic headline this quarter of the draw. After reaching the final last year, 2nd seed Kei would be extremely motivated to win the title this year. Marin Cilic hasn’t quite played his best tennis and has been below par this season. He will look to change that by going deep in this tournament. 25th seed Fernando Verdasco might be the potential third round opponent for Kei Nishikori. Pablo Carreno Busta, who reached his first Masters 1000 semi final at Indian Wells, will try to carry forward his good form at Miami too! Nishikori might face a good test from Pablo in the fourth round. 11th seed Lucas Pouille and 21st seed Pablo Cuevas might square off in the third round and the winner of that clash could probably face the Croatian Giant Marin Cilic for a spot in the quarters. Winner of this quarter will face Rafael Nadal/Milos Raonic/Grigor Dimitrov in the Semi Final.

Interesting Opening round matches: Fabio Fognini vs Ryan Harrison, Dustin Brown vs Donald Young.

With both the top 2 players of the tour, world number 1 Sir Andy Murray and defending champion Novak Djokovic out of the tournament, Roger Federer is the clear favorite to win after winning 2 titles this season which also includes the recently concluded BNP Paribas Open.