By Justin Ross
4 Questions the Miami Open Will Answer
On Monday, world No. 8 Dominic Thiem joined Miami Open officials and fans to set the 2017 men’s draw. With the tournament framework in place, fans and experts will begin to speculate about what’s to come over the next two weeks in Miami. Here are four questions the tournament will answer:
1. Does Roger Federer’s March Madness continue?
The Swiss magician is back at it again. First, it was an Australian Open win over Rafael Nadal. Then, it was an Indian Wells victory over countryman Stan Wawrinka.
A win in Miami would give Federer his third career Miami-Indian Wells double (His previous wins came in 2005 and 2006.) Federer was also the last active player not named Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray to win the men’s final. He may be tested with Juan Martin Del Potro in round three, but Federer’s 15-5 record against the Spaniard could allow him to continue his magical run.
2. How good is a healthy Nick Kyrgios?
Kyrgios had a strong showing at Indian Wells. He defeated Alexander Zverev, before taking down Djokovic for the second time in 2017. It’s unfortunate that food poisoning forced him to withdraw from his quarterfinals match with Roger Federer because the Aussie was on a roll.
After being cleared by doctors, Kyrgios is a go in Miami. Fans will soon learn if he can assemble another impressive run. His first tough test may come in a third-round matchup with Ivo Karlovic, but Kyrgios is 2-0 in head-to-head play.
3. Who will be the unlikely hero?
Every tournament, an unlikely competitor emerges to challenge top seeds.
At Indian Wells, it was Dusan Lajovic. To the surprise of many, he reached the round of 16 before a loss to Pablo Carreño Busta. Lajovic is a qualifier in Miami, but after a win on Monday, he could enter the main draw.
During 2016’s Miami Open, it was Horacio Zeballos who reached the round of 16. Over the course of tournament history, four unraked male competitors have reached the finals. Will there be a fifth to add?
4. Will Rafael Nadal conquer Miami?
Since his tournament debut in 2004, Nadal has reached the Miami Open finals four times. He has 69 titles over the course of his illustrious career, but he’s yet to win one in Miami.
Nadal started off his 2017 campaign with a good run at the Australian Open. After defeating the likes of Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, he reached the finals, which was his first appearance at a Grand Slam event final round since 2014. However, with time-ticking, the question remains. Does Nadal have what it takes to walk away with success in the Sunshine State? The two-week extravaganza will answer these questions and more!
Tickets to the 2017 Miami Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.miamiopen.com. An exhilarating two weeks of tennis, fashion, food and fun conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 1 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 2.
Individual session tickets start at just $24 and packages begin at only $136. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the most glamorous event on both tours.