Miami Edition 2023’s opening ceremony is just around the corner. The second Masters 1000 of the season will begin play on Wednesday. On Monday, the male cuadro was revealed. The drawing shows Indian Wells champion and world’s best flamenco player Carlos Alcaraz as the ultimate favourite and title defender. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s absences are once again notable.
Alcaraz just bumped Djokovic off the top of the ATP rankings and is aware that in order to maintain his position as the top player in the world, he will need to win the Miami Open again. The 19-year-old Spaniard became the eighth man to win Indian Wells and Miami, and he is now aiming for the Sunshine Double, which would give him both titles in the same year.
While Nadal, who has been outside the Top 10 for nearly 18 years, continues to recover from a cadera injury and is expected to make a comeback at the following Masters 1000 tournament in Monte-Carlo, the first of the year in arcilla, the serb does not play because the United States will not allow him to enter if he has not been expelled from the Covid.
The second round will feature the winner of the match between Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis or a player who emerged through the qualifying phase against Alcaraz, the first pre-qualified player from the Miami ladder. Andy Murray, who will make his debut against Serbian Dusan Lajovic, appears in that area.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Tommy Paul, a local player, might be the Spanish opponent in the final eight, while Holger Rune or Taylor Fritz, a Danish player, could be the Spanish opponent in the final four. And already in the semifinals, the norwegians Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, or even Alexander Zverev from England would be competing.
According to his calculations, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will start out against the Frenchman Richard Gasquet or a qualifier and may challenge the Argentine Sebastián Báez in the third round. The Russian Daniil Medvedev, the British Cameron Norrie, the American Frances Tiafoe, or the Polish Hubert Hurkacz would be facing off against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti or the Russian Karen Khachanov in the eights.
The 25th in the series and current latino leader, Argentinean Francisco Cerndolo, will start first against either Spanish opponent Jaume Munar or a foe coming out of the qualifying round. Another Argentine member of the region is Diego Schwartzman (31), who is waiting for Kyle Edmund of Great Britain or Yibing Wu of China. Báez (28°) will make his debut against the local Marcos Giron or a qualifier.
Argentine Guido Pella will face Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas in a South American first-round match. Meanwhile, Marton Fucsovics will face off against Argentine Pedro Cachn. Local Mackenzie MacDonald will compete against Colombian Daniel Galán, while Federico Coria will face off against Czech Jiri Lehecka and Martn Etcheverry will face off against a qualifier.