photo credit:Melodie Mesiano
At the 2010 Miami Open the men’s round of 16 main draw singles matches have now been completed with 3 of the Top 8 seeds who were drawn to make it through to the quarter finals being defeated. The quarter finals will commence on Tuesday 30 March with the top half of the draw and the bottom half of the quarter final draw will be played on Wednesday 31 March.
The big news in the round of 16 was for the 2nd Masters 1000 event in a row, World No.1 Roger Federer was beaten in a final set tie-break before he could reach the quarter finals. Just like at the Indian Wells Open where he held 3 match points against Marcos Baghdatis, Federer held a match point at 6-5 in the final set tie-break but was unable to win.
The 24 year old, No.16 seed Tomas Berdych (pictured above) is now 2-8 against Federer after snapping Federer’s streak of 8 wins in a row against him. The match lasted for 2 hours and 51 minutes and could have been over much sooner with the Czech just 2 points away from closing Federer out in straight sets at 6 games to 5 and 15-30 on Federer’s serve. The final score was 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6).
After his win Berdych said, “It’s a great feeling to beat the No. 1 player in the world, the best player so far. But still, it was not a final. There is another match waiting next day, another really tough opponent. I need to take all the positive things, all the confidence from this match take it into the next match.”
Berdych’s state of mind and form bodes well for his quarter final match against the left-handed No.10 seed Fernando Verdasco. Their head to head record sees Berdych hold a 5-3 advantage with their last meeting at Indian Wells this year seeing the 1.96m Czech dropping just 3 games.
The 26 year old Spaniard will be out for revenge against Berdych and will be eagerly trying to break his hoodoo of losing in the quarter finals at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Thus far the 1.88m Verdasco has made 8 quarter finals, whereas Berdych made the semi finals at Miami in 2008 and has won a Masters 1000 event before (the 2005 Paris Open Masters).
No.13 seed Mikhail Youzhny is in form having made 2 ATP Tour finals this year both on hard courts, at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and at Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The latter was the last time the 1.83m Russian played against Robin Soderling, with the No.5 seed from Sweden winning to be ahead 2-1 in their encounters. Youzhny, the 2006 US Open semi finalist, will have to use his all court game in an effort to take it up to his higher ranked opponent before Soderling beats the 27 year old to the punch.
The 1.93m Soderling scored a come back victory after losing the 1st set 6-0 against Fernando Gonzalez and just survived the 2nd set by winning the tie-break. Soderling keeps recording career bests including making his first Masters 1000 semi final at Indian Wells earlier this month. The 2009 Roland Garros runner-up has already achieved his best result in Miami by getting past the 3rd round, if he can turn it on against Youzhny he will be playing for a spot in his first Masters final.
The 24 year old, No.8 seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has made his 2nd straight quarter final, which is his best result in Miami. The Frenchman will be looking to go one further to make his 3rd Masters semi final of his career. The 2008 Australian Open runner-up beat Nadal 6-2 6-3 6-2 in the semi final at that event, by playing aggressively through dictating the points and closing out points at the net. The 1.88m Tsonga will have to repeat that performance if he wants the chance to play in a second Masters final (he won the 2008 Paris Masters).
The 23 year old, No.4 seed Rafael Nadal holds a 4-1 advantage over Tsonga, with the left hander winning their last 3 battles all in tight sets. The Spaniard will be keen to post a personal best in Miami by taking the title after being the runner-up in 2005 and 2008. Nadal would love to equal Federer with 16 Masters 1000 titles and head into his favourite time of the year – the clay court season, on a high.
No.6 seed Andy Roddick and No.33 seed Nicolas Almagro who got through in a final set tie-break against Thomaz Bellucci, have never played before on the ATP Tour. Roddick, the 27 year old American won this event in 2004 and has already chalked up 20 match wins in 2010, he looks hard to stop and has not lost a set in Miami. Almagro is in good form and would love to achieve his best ever result in a Masters 1000 event by advancing to the semi finals.
The following is the quarter final draw. The bottom half of the draw will be played today with both matches on the Stadium Court. Roddick and Almagro are up first from 3pm Miami time. Tsonga and Nadal will play in the night session from 9pm. The top half of the draw will be played on Thursday 31 March to complete the quarter finals.
The player’s names that have a line drawn through them are the seeded players who were knocked out of that section of the draw. The names that are bolded are OCA’s predictions of who will win.
- (1) Federer (16) Tomas Berdych versus (10) Fernando Verdasco (7) Cilic
(3) Murray (13) Mikhail Youzhny v. (5) Robin Soderling
- (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (4) Rafael Nadal
(6) Andy Roddick v. (33) Nicolas Almagro (2) Djokovic
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: March 22-April 4.
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