The Miami Open Men’s 3rd round main draw singles matches have now been completed with 4 of the Top 16 seeds who were drawn to make it through to the round of 16 being defeated. The round of 16 matches will commence at 11am on both the Stadium and Grandstand courts on Tuesday 30 March and conclude at the end of the day’s play on Wednesday 31 March.
The following is the seeding and draw for the round of 16 matches. The number in brackets before a players name is their seeding. The last wild card in Miami David Nalbandian, lost in 3 sets to Rafael Nadal. The player’s names that have a line drawn through them are the seeded players who were expected to play in the round of 16 but have been defeated. The names that are bolded are OCA’s predictions of who will win.
The 2010 Sony Ericsson Open Men’s Singles draw in Miami is:
- (1) Roger Federer versus (16) Tomas Berdych
- (10) Fernando Verdasco v. (7) Marin Cilic
- (3) Murray Mardy Fish v. (13) Mikhail Youzhny
- (9) Fernando Gonzalez v. (5) Robin Soderling
…which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw the players who are set to meet are:
- (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (12) Juan Carlos Ferrero
- (15) David Ferrer v. (4) Rafael Nadal
- (6) Andy Roddick v. Benjamin Becker (11) Ljubicic
- (21) Querrey (33) Nicolas Almagro v. (27) Thomaz Bellucci (2) Djokovic
All of the matches in the round of 16 look set to be fiercely competitive so try to see as many as you can. Federer will have to raise his game after sneaking through his last match in 2 tie-break sets in order to defeat Berdych. The Czech has beaten Federer before and was ever so close to knocking the World No.1 out in straight sets at the 2010 Australian Open before Federer came back to win in 5 sets.
Verdasco and Cilic should be a great battle with a number of baseline exchanges whereas the power match between 2 big serving and fearsome forehand players in Gonzalez and Soderling could be a beauty. Tsonga and Ferrero should be a good contrast of game styles that is always very entertaining whereas Ferrer and Nadal will be a battle of who can play the same style better than his opponent. The last American remaining is Roddick and he will have to withstand the aggressive game of Becker who loves to go after his shots.
Nicolas Almagro is pictured above moments before striking the ball with his powerful forehand drive. The 24 year old Spaniard reached his career high ranking on World No.11 eight months ago and is looking to equal his best ever result at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, the quarter finals.
Almagro will have to turn it on as he is playing the left handed No.1 Brazilian who is steadily climbing up the ranks by consistently achieving his career best results. The 22 year old Bellucci just won Santiago in Chile and has not played Almagro on the ATP Tour before. Bellucci and Almagro are the first match on the Grandstand court at 11am tomorrow.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information and results at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami for both the men and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Miami 2010: Mar 22 – Apr 4.
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