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Federer Hits The Practice Court In Miami

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:38pm
Watch as 2017 Miami Open presented by Itau champion Roger Federer takes to the court as he prepares to defend his title. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Scouting Report: 10 Things To Watch In Miami

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 7:03am

After Juan Martin Del Potro’s thrilling BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, focus shifts immediately to the season’s second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event where Roger Federer attempts to defend his Miami Open presented by Itau crown. Federer, the No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, heads the field where he is defending 1,000 ATP Rankings points from last season.

1) Final Edition at Crandon Park: This is the 32nd and final Miami Open at the Tennis Center of Crandon Park before the tournament relocates to the Hard Rock Stadium next year. Overall this is the 34th edition of the Miami Open.

2) Outstanding Field: There are 17 of the Top 20 players in the ATP Rankings competing in Miami, led by World No. 1 and reigning champion Roger Federer, who is a three-time overall winner. The other former champ in the field is six-time winner Novak Djokovic.

3) Fantastic Federer: Federer comes into Miami as World No. 1 for the first time since 2010 (and seventh time overall) in his 17th tournament appearance. Federer, who is 50-13 in Miami, is coming off a runner-up showing in Indian Wells where he suffered his first loss after a career-best 17-match winning streak to begin the season. Federer, who has been No. 1 a record 308 weeks (as of 26 March), will retain the top ranking if he reaches the quarter-finals.

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4) Delpo Streak: Juan Martin del Potro comes into Miami with an 11-match winning streak after claiming his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, where he saved three match points against Federer. Del Potro is off to a career-best 17-3 start and is ranked No. 6, his highest since 24 February 2014 (No. 5). He has a 15-9 record in Miami with his best result the semi-finals in 2009.

5) Indian Wells, Miami Sweep: Since 1991, seven players have won the first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events of the season (12 times) in Indian Wells and Miami. Djokovic has accomplished the feat four times (2011, 2014-16) Federer three times (2005-06, 2017) and once each by Andre Agassi (2001), Marcelo Rios (1998), Pete Sampras (1994), Michael Chang (1992) and Jim Courier (1991).

6) Djokovic Returns: Djokovic, who is co-Miami titles leader (six) with Agassi, returns after missing last year with an elbow injury. Djokovic won his first of a co-record (w/Nadal) 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Miami in 2007. This is the Serb’s third event in 2018: Australian Open (4R), Indian Wells (bye, 2R).

7) Sweet 16: Spaniards David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco are appearing in their 16th straight Miami Open. Ferrer was a finalist in 2013 and Verdasco a quarter-finalist in 2009-10.

8) #NextGenATP Stars: There are six #NextGenATP stars in the Top 100 in the draw, led by No. 5 Alexander Zverev, No.34 Andrey Rublev, No. 46 Denis Shapovalov, No. 63 Frances Tiafoe, No. 70 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 71 Taylor Fritz.

9) Wild Cards: There are wild cards from five countries: Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), Christopher Eubanks (USA), Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB), Nicola Kuhn (ESP) and Mikael Ymer (SWE).

10) Strong Doubles Field: The Top 4 squads in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings are in the draw, led by Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, winners of three titles and a 22-3 record on the season. No. 2 and four-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, make their 20th consecutive appearance. Third seeds are Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah with Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares seeded fourth.

Classic Miami Hot Shots

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 5:17am
Watch some of the best Hot Shots down the years at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

Title Run Gives Sock Renewed Belief In Miami

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:54pm

Jack Sock readily admits his singles results in his first three months of 2018 aren’t quite living up to lofty expectations, considering the blistering run in which he finished last season. But the American No. 1 in the ATP Rankings may have found the spark to rediscover that form at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

Despite a third-round exit to Feliciano Lopez in singles in Indian Wells, Sock teamed with good friend John Isner to claim their second title together on Sunday. The American duo downed countrymen Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for the title and did not drop a set in four matches, becoming just the third duo to do so in the past 30 years.

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“I think there’s a lot of truth to that for sure,” Sock said of doubles title boosting his confidence in singles. “I think it showed in the past in my career to play doubles when it fits my schedule, especially when you play with friends like that.

“This year has been pretty atrocious to me so far in singles but I’ve done the things I’ve needed to. I took the month off after Melbourne and got myself in the right playing shape and the right frame of mind.”

Sock reached the quarter-finals in Miami last year (l. to Nadal) having reached the semi-finals in Indian Wells the week prior (l. to Wawrinka). While he fell short of defending those Indian Wells points last week, Sock said he would draw on his doubles title and regroup to be ready for his fifth main draw appearance in Miami.

“Last week, I had a solid first round and then played Feliciano [Lopez] who played, I think he said, one of his best matches he can remember in a while. That’s tennis it can happen,” Sock said. “Anytime you’re playing for a trophy and another title can only help the confidence.”

Djokovic Relieved To Be Feeling Pain Free

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 9:43pm

Novak Djokovic's right elbow is pain-free for the first time in years.

The Serbian, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, said he's played without pain for the past “two days”. The former World No. 1 has been bothered by discomfort in his right elbow for the past two years. The injury led Djokovic to take off the final four months of the 2017 season, and he underwent surgery on the elbow in February.

“The last few days have been the first days in long, long time that I could actually focus on the game rather than have something in my mind always worried whether I'm going to have pain or not, and usually it happened,” Djokovic said on Tuesday during his pre-tournament press conference at the Miami Open presented by Itau. “It's quite refreshing because everything else was pain involved.”

The Serbian has played only five matches this season (3-2), a strong contrast from years past when he arrived at the season's second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Five previous times Djokovic had landed in South Florida chasing the “Sunshine Double”, and he pulled off the March sweep a record four times.

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There will be no “Sunshine Double” for Djokovic this year. The Serbian lost to Japan's Taro Daniel in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

But the 30-year-old still has a chance at history. The six-time champion (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014-'16) is tied with coach Andre Agassi for the all-time titles lead. Djokovic is also tied with Rafael Nadal for the all-time Masters 1000 titles lead at 30. This is the 32nd and final year the tournament will be held at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne before relocating to Hard Rock Stadium next year.

“This year is a special year for this tournament because it's the last year on Key Biscayne. So we're going to all try to enjoy it, and take the best out of it,” Djokovic said.

“For me, obviously approaching the tournament this year is quite different than any other year because of what I've been through with my elbow and everything. I don't have expectations really.”

The Serbian said he's not thinking about how he'd perform against Roger Federer, his rival who has reclaimed No. 1 in the ATP Rankings and reached the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday (l. to Del Potro). For now, Djokovic is focused on simpler things, such as playing at 100 per cent again.

“I'm not yet at my best but I'm working to get there. Every day is a process for me and is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to get better. Obviously the two years of an injury and trying to figure out ways how to play pain-free, which I wasn't able to a lot of times in the last couple years, were compromising my game,” Djokovic said.

“Right now I'm not playing with the pain, which is the most important thing, and I can actually start focusing on the game rather than thinking about whether the pain is going to reappear or not.”

Cilic Fixes Focus On The Big Prizes In 2018

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 9:01pm

Only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stand above him in the ATP Rankings, but for Marin Cilic, being the World No. 3 is not enough. With 17 ATP World Tour titles, including the 2014 US Open, the Croatian makes no secret of what he wants this season.

He starts his 10th Miami Open presented by Itau campaign as the No. 2 seed and will face either #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz or Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert after a first-round bye. In the tournament’s last year at its Key Biscayne site, Cilic would love nothing more than a deep run on the hard courts where big points are on offer after losing his opening match here last year (l. to Chardy).

“The conditions here are always very difficult, maybe one of the most difficult conditions we have on tour,” said Cilic, whose lone quarter-final in Miami came in 2013 (l. to Murray), when he defeated John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route.

“You can get the heat, the humidity, those cooler nights so you have to be ready for everything. It’s also the end of the hard-court season that we are approaching so that’s also a part of my motivation to do quite well.”

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Cilic appeared in his eighth season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in November and finished the season at No. 6 in the ATP Rankings. After failing to win a match at the group stage, he returned to Australia inspired and he delivered.

“I started great this season, opened it the best ever with the final at the Australian Open,” he said of his five-set defeat to defending champion Federer in the decider. “That perspective just gives my mind a good and stable strategy for moving forward in 2018. I didn’t finish 2017 the way I wanted.

“Obviously I finished at No. 6, which is still amazing, second year in a row. But still I want to push myself to be improving and getting better and obviously that means getting higher in the rankings. Hopefully this season can give me a lot of great results and hopefully another Grand Slam title as well.”

Two Grand Slam finals in six months gave the 29-year-old the cause to believe bigger things were still to come in 2018. “I don’t put myself under pressure every time. I’m trying to improve as much as I can,” he said.

“Things need to click as well to win a Grand Slam… But it’s nothing urgent. I’m definitely enjoying where I am at the moment and hopefully with my improvements and good results that’s going to happen.”

Zverev Recalls 'Best Match' Vs. Kyrgios In Miami

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 7:32pm

The popularity of any sport usually hinges on its great rivalries and tennis is certainly no exception. While in its early stages, Alexander Zverev versus Nick Kyrgios is already shaping as one of the standout rivalries of the future for the ATP World Tour.

And the standout clash between the pair to date was played out almost 12 months ago at the Miami Open presented by Itau. In one of the best ATP World Tour matches of 2017, the duo squared off in a thrilling quarter-final where, in a high-quality shoot-out, the Australian needed six match points to get the job done in three sets.

“Yeah it was a great match,” Zverev said ahead of his 2018 Miami campaign. “I think that was maybe the best match we played against each other... I think the match here was great, fantastic.

"I think the match in Montreal I was playing really good and that maybe turned the match, it was a little bit easier. From my side it was perfect; from his… maybe I just played too good. But here, definitely that was the match we had the biggest battle and we played the best.”

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At the time, the win extended Kyrgios to an unbeaten 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The gap has since closed, with the Aussie now holding a narrow 3-2 lead.

The pair could again meet in the 2018 draw in the fourth round. The German will open his Miami campaign against a fellow rising prospect – either #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas or 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Daniil Medvedev in the second round.

After his first-round bye, Kyrgios will meet either Dusan Lajovic or Horacio Zeballos and would likely have to beat 15th seed Fabio Fognini for a shot at taking on Zverev.

“The crowd here is very energetic and very loud and we’re two guys who love it so this will rate our games up a lot,” Zverev said. “Over the years he has shown that this is the tournament that he plays his best. We love playing in front of crowds like that, that obviously helped us push each other and we both want to win our match.”

Zverev claimed their most recent encounter, a straight-sets result in a live Davis Cup rubber in Brisbane after this year’s Australian Open. The 20-year-old tipped his hat to the influence German great Boris Becker has had on him and his compatriots since taking over as Head of Men’s Tennis for the German Tennis Federation.

“It’s great… He’s trying to help us all develop as much as we can,” Zverev said. “Obviously players, maybe like a Jan-Lennard Struff, he’s going to help get into the Top 30 because I think he’s a good enough tennis player to do that.

“Me, we’re going to talk about different things. I think he’s going to be a massive help for all of us; a lot of tactical stuff, how to play different players. You can see I changed my game up a little bit against Kyrgios [in Brisbane] so just different tennis things.”

A sixth instalment in the rivalry before an electric crowd on Stadium Court would likely become a lasting memory for both players in the tournament’s final year at its Key Biscayne site.

Dimitrov Adjusting Expectations Ahead of Miami

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 7:14pm

Grigor Dimitrov started the season much like he finished 2017, when he won the Nitto ATP Finals in London, his biggest title to date.

He reached the semi-finals in Brisbane, the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and the final in Rotterdam. But a lingering virus during the past few weeks has derailed Dimitrov's season, forcing him to take time off and reduce his workload. He fell in his opener at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Dimitrov comes to Miami with tempered expectations but he's looking forward to restarting his season at the year's second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

“I'm definitely going to lower my expectations a little bit coming into this week. I just haven't played that many matches in the past few weeks,” Dimitrov said during his pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday. “I'm just starting to feel my body good, and I'm feeling confident. Step-by-step I just want to build my game up and make sure that I'm doing the best that I can.”

The Miami Open presented by Itau has long been a favourite for Dimitrov, No. 4 in the ATP Rankings. He, like many other ATP World Tour players, has been coming to Miami for years, since he played at the Orange Bowl, a prestigious junior tournament that has also been held at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. This is the 32nd and final year the Masters 1000 tournament will be held on Key Biscayne before relocating to Hard Rock Stadium next year.

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“I have so many [memories]. One of the first big wins I ever had was here. The Orange Bowls that I played throughout those years. I feel like there's so much history,” Dimitrov said.

In 2012, his second time playing in Miami, Dimitrov, then No. 101 in the ATP Rankings, upset No. 7 Tomas Berdych en route to the fourth round. The Bulgarian, though, has reached that stage only one other time in South Florida, in 2016 (l. to Monfils).

“It's a tournament that I've always want to do well and I've managed to play well throughout the years. But never to the extent that I really wanted,” Dimitrov said.

To some degree, he said, his recent dip was to be expected. He had the best season of his life last year with the best ending possible.

“Last year was a pretty intense year overall – with practice, with traveling, with playing a lot of matches. So of course at some point that's going to catch up with you a little bit. So you need to pace yourself a little bit more. I just feel like that the past weeks haven't been great for me.

“That's why I need to again get back to that little rhythm, be able to work out for five, six, seven days of practice and feel good and make sure the body is holding up well. And then start winning a few matches.

“Progressively, hopefully you're going to get back to that same level. Because face it, you can never play the same way every day. That's why sometimes when you're out there on the court you just need to win with what you have that day.”

Andrey Rublev: My Story

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 6:54pm
Andrey Rublev talks about the opportunity he had as a kid to train with his idol, Rafael Nadal, in this edition of My Story, delivered by FedEx.

Djokovic: 'Children Are Our Everything'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:36pm

Novak Djokovic has captivated audiences throughout the world for years, including in Miami, where the Serbian has won a record-tying six titles and claimed 30 of his past 31 matches. But the 30-year-old earned the attention of a much different audience on Monday in Florida.

Djokovic, a father of two, visited the Miami Children’s Museum on Monday ahead of the Miami Open presented by Itau to read a book titled Pete the Cat to about 50 children of different age groups in a packed auditorium. He even brought his three-year-old son Stefan along for the session.


Photo Credit: Peter Staples/Miami Open presented by Itau
"They were kind enough to invite me… and it was a wonderful experience. They were all great listeners, but they also participated. They interacted,” said Djokovic, the ATP World Tour's 2012 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. "I also invited one little girl to join me and read the rest of the story with me. It was phenomenal. It has brought a lot of really beautiful memories to me from the time when I was part of the pre-school educational institutions and programs back in my country when I was growing up.”

It was an important trip for Djokovic, who founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in November 2007 to focus on providing young underprivileged children the opportunity to receive a quality pre-school education. The foundation received a €10,000 grant from ATP ACES For Charity in 2013.

The Miami Children's Museum (@Michimu) received a special visit from @DjokerNole on Monday! pic.twitter.com/8pnHFYjSWN

— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 20, 2018

“We are giving them a chance to flourish, to know the joy of success,” the foundation’s website reads. "To believe that they are worthy of their dreams. Early childhood education is the foundation upon which they will stand for the rest of their lives, and the foundation for the future of our world.”

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While the former World No. 1’s focus will now shift to the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, he does not take these special visits for granted.

"Obviously, being a child is something that every adult should always remind themselves of or think of, to keep that inner child, so to say, active and joyful throughout your life because we all shouldn’t take life too seriously and children remind us of that and remind us of what it is to be curious and to be happy to live in the present moment,” Djokovic said. “It was just overall a great experience that I’ll remember."

Uncovered: Haas Retirement Tribute

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:09pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot pays tribute to former World No. 2 Tommy Haas, the player turned BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director.

ATP Rankings Update 19 March 2018

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:09pm
See the latest ATP Rankings, as of 19 March 2018, following the conclusion of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Fritz vs Herbert: Cast Your Vote!

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 8:12am

View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following matches from the 2018 Miami Open presented by Itaú & vote for who you think will win! 
Fritz vs Herbert | Harrison vs Sousa | Donaldson vs Baghdatis

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Chung Takes Part in Kids Day in Miami

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 5:45am
Hyeon Chung takes time out of his busy schedule to participate in Kids Day on Tuesday at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

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Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:09am

De Minaur Satisfied To Come Through Miami Qualifiers

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:09am
Australian #NextGenATP star Alex de Minaur looks forward to his opening round match at the Miami Open presented by Itau after qualifying into the main draw. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Five Must-See First Rounds In Miami

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 9:59pm

With the Top 32 seeds receiving a bye, the focus is on a host of first-round clashes at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

Taylor Fritz vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert
A string of recent deep runs on U.S. hard courts has #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz primed for his third appearance at the Miami Open presented by Itau. The 20-year-old, back up to No. 71 in the ATP Rankings, fell in a nail-biting three-setter last week to Borna Coric in the fourth round in Indian Wells, having saved match point against good friend Reilly Opelka before registering wins over #NextGenATP Russian Andrey Rublev and Fernando Verdasco. He reached the quarter-finals in Delray Beach (l. to Shapovalov) and has compiled a 14-3 record on the ATP Challenger Tour this season. This will be his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with World No. 81 Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The 27-year-old Frenchman opened his season with a quarter-final appearance at the Tata Open Maharashtra in India and like Fritz, he also reached the fourth round in Indian Wells last week (l. to. Kohlschreiber). Second seed Marin Cilic will face the winner in round two.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Daniil Medvedev 
Dominic Thiem needed three sets to win the battle of the single-handed backhands when he met #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round in Indian Wells leading in. Now Tsitsipas, No. 70 in the ATP Rankings, takes on 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Daniil Medvedev for the first time in the pair’s Miami debut. The 19-year-old Greek reached the quarter-finals in Doha to open his season (l. to Thiem). Earlier this month, he beat No. 6 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber en route to the quarter-finals in Dubai. Medvedev, the World No. 52, started the season emphatically, as he won seven matches in a row to land his first ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. De Minaur) as a 21-year-old qualifier. He also won through qualifying before reaching the quarter-finals in Rotterdam. The winner will face No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev

Denis Shapovalov vs. Viktor Troicki
Another #NextGenATP player making his Miami debut will be 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov. The World No. 46 has a 9-7 start to the season with his best result being a semi-final run at the Delray Beach Open (l. to eventual champion Tiafoe). Three of his defeats this season have come against Top 15 opponents. Troicki, No. 68 in the ATP Rankings, won the pair’s only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter in Shanghai last year in three sets. The Serbian won his sixth straight victory in a five-set match at the Australian Open to start his year (d. Bolt, l. to Kyrgios in 2R). He subsequently reached the quarter-finals in Sofia. The winner will face No. 24 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the second round.

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Jared Donaldson vs. Marcos Baghdatis
After his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final appearance on hard court in Acapulco earlier this month, 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Jared Donaldson arrived in Indian Wells at a career high of No. 48 in the ATP Rankings (l. to Bautista Agut in 2R). The 21-year-old American won through qualifying in each of the past two years to reach the Miami main draw. Last year he went on to reach the fourth round before he fell to countryman Jack Sock. He has never faced experienced Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a former No. 8 in the ATP Rankings. The 32-year-old Baghdatis has surged back into the Top 100 (No. 82) after winning five straight matches as a qualifier before handing Milos Raonic a walkover in the fourth round in Indian Wells. Last month he reached the quarter-finals in Sofia (l. to Kovalik). No. 25 seed Feliciano Lopez awaits the winner.

Ivo Karlovic vs. Vasek Pospisil
One thing is for certain when 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic and 27-year-old Vasek Pospisil square off in the opening round in Miami – aces will be plentiful from both. Canadian World No. 77 Pospisil leads the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head ledger 3-1, winning their past three encounters on hard courts in straight sets. Karlovic, the veteran Croatian, won his 350th ATP World Tour main draw match (d. Donaldson) at the New York Open where he reached his first quarter-final of the season (l. to Querrey). In the second round of this year’s Australian Open, he hit 53 aces to beat Yuichi Sugita 12-10 in the fifth before going on to hit another 52 aces in a five-set third-round defeat to Andreas Seppi. Both Karlovic (l. to Marterer) and Pospisil (qualified, l. to Auger Aliassime) fell in the opening round in Indian Wells. A victory will book a second-round meeting with #NextGenATP Russian 27th seed Rublev.

A Look Back At The 2018 BNP Paribas Open

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 8:35pm
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Mon, 03/19/2018 - 6:45pm