The Miami Masters 1000 was drawn, the traditional American tournament considered the fifth great. Daniil Medvedev, brand new No. 2 in the world, is the top favorite of the men’s bracket, which will be missing Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. And Diego Schwartzman, fifth seeded due to the four absences mentioned appears.
This is a special contest. Miami was not played in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and now it will be the first Masters of 2021. And it will be special, since for the first time since Paris 2004, in a Masters 1000, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will be missing, the renowned ‘ Big 3 ‘of the professional circuit, owners of almost all the records.
Medvedev, being the top seed, will play in the second round with Sam Querrey or Yen-Hsun Lu, then Reilly Opelka could play him and, if he continues to win, his potential opponent in the quarterfinals is Roberto Bautista Agut.
The second candidate is Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will open second-round action against Kevin Anderson or Thiago Monteiro and then could face Kei Nishikori. The Greek comes from climbing to the final in Acapulco.
Among Latin Americans on the figure of Schwartzman, No. 9 in the ATP ranking. Wait in the second round for Salvatore Caruso or Yasutaka Uchiyama. Later he would face Adrian Mannarino or Miomir Kecmanovic, whom he defeated in his consecrating passage through the Buenos Aires tournament.
In the round of 16, the Argentine can face Fabio Fognini or Aslan Karatsev, the great sensation, recent ATP 500 champion from Dubai, who allowed him to advance to the Top 30 of the world for the first time.
Chilean Cristian Garin, No. 13 favorite in Miami, awaits the winner between Federico Coria and Marin Cilic. In that sector of the key appears the new sensation of Italy, Lorenzo Musetti, new Top 100 after eliminating Schwartzman and other important names and being a semifinalist in Acapulco.
The other South Americans who entered the table directly are Federico Delbonis, who will make his debut against Jordan Thompson, and Daniel Galán, who will do so against a rival emerged from the qualifying phase.
The hypothetical quarter-finals (in the order of the table):
Medvedev vs. Baptist
Zverev vs. Goffin
Schwartzman vs. Rublev
Shapovalov vs. Tsitsipas