Last day of debuts and first appearance at the 2021 Miami Masters 1000 for two of the serious contenders for decision-making bodies like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.
One, the Greek, will break the ice on Saturday against Damir Dzumhur in the opening of the Grandstand. The other will see the closure of that same stadium against local Tennys Sandgren.
Curiously, both young men are candidates for the title but in this precise tournament he has no background to support them. Tsitsipas participated twice, of which he was eliminated in the 2018 premiere (against Daniil Medvedev) and in the round of 16 (against Denis Shapovalov).
Rublev, meanwhile, has five starts with a meager 4-5 record. In 2015 he was eliminated in the second round (with John Isner), in 2016 he did not pass the debut (vs. Íñigo Cervantes), in 2017 he again made second (he fell with Tomas Berdych), in 2018 he was Bye in first and said goodbye with Vasek Pospisil in the second, and in 2019 he reached the third round (he yielded to Denis Shapovalov).
Will Miami 2021 be the Masters 1000 for two of the animators of the ATP circuit to unlock?