The Miami Open is here. This big tournament on Floridas Coast follows after the Indian Wells Open. Miami is characterised by warm humid conditions and slow courts. It has been called the Grand Slam of Latin America as many fans come from Central and South America. It is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the men’s tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the women’s tour, played on hard courts at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. The tournament is held in March each year.
There are several notable absentees this year. Serena Williams who has been enjoying a ding dong battle with Angelique Kerber for the number one ranking. She sits out this time with a knee injury. In the men’s draw top ranked Andy Murray is absent from the event having opted to sit out with an elbow injury. Novak Djokovic is also said to be nursing injury and will also sit out. Stan wawrinka is fresh from a career best showing at Indian Wells is top seed. Kei Nishjikori takes the second seed in the other side of draw. Milos Raonic and Roger Federer are ranked third and forth.
This is the last big hardcourt event until mid summer. The slow courts in Miami coupled with the extremely humid conditions make for long drawn out rallies. They differ vastly from the desert conditions of Indian Wells. If we look back at the winners over the last decade we can all see that they have one thing in common and that is the ability to grind out the rally when needed. These are the type of conditions which will favour Rafael Nadal. He is energized in such conditions and will take some beating. He could even face Federer in the final and get his own back from his Indian Wells defeat.