The BNP Paribas tennis tournament at Indian Wells may have some residual controversy still lingering on, but the action itself has definitely moved on. It’s time for the Miami Masters—one of the elite ‘Masters 1000’ group of events that the pros love. It’s a great opportunity to gain a lot of ranking points and serious prize money. And it’s in Miami… not a bad place to spend few days in March should one be eliminated early in the draw.
Here’s what you might expect from this years ATP side of things:
A repeat of last year’s final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Djokovic’s dominates Murray in big finals like this one, and will do so again this year.
In the same half of the draw as Djokovic is Roger Federer, who returns to the courts after four months off following surgery. This could prove too much of a challenge. If RF can’t sustain, look for David Goffin or Victor Troicki to make a move toward the quarterfinals.
In the third quarter of the draw, you could make a case for any one of the following to go far: Jack Sock, Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka. The unpredictable factor will be Nick Kyrgios, of course.
In the fourth quarter, expect Andy Murray as quarter winner. Potential disruptors include Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils.
In the end, we’re just glad to see Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro playing again. Maybe he’s ready to return to the top. That would be alright with me.