The second round of the ATP Miami Open comes to a close on what looks like being another entertaining day at the Hard Rock Stadium as we move towards the middle mark in the first Masters 1000 event of the year.
Friday came with comfortable wins for some big names but then defeats for the others and that is likely to keep the seeded players who are on show on Saturday on edge as they set about getting their campaign underway.
There are only two matches in the ATP draw on the main court on Saturday and we have to wait for a match in the women’s event to finish before the men’s action gets going. When it does we will see the recent Acapulco finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in action. The Greek ace takes on the lucky loser Damir Dzumhur who made the most of his second chance to see off Kevin Anderson in the first round. We then have to wait until the night session for the second match which sees Andrey Rublev taking on the home man Tennys Sandgren.
The second court in use for the men’s draw on Saturday is the Butch Buchholz one which has a full schedule. It begins with Kei Nishikori going up against Aljaz Bedene before the former US Open champion Marin Cilic meets Cristian Garin. Out remaining outright selection Denis Shapovalov is on the court third when he meets the Belarussian player Ilya Ivashka before the final two matches sees Sebastian Korda taking on Fabio Fognini and Diego Schwartzman beginning his campaign against Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan.
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Best of the Rest
Once again those who have a ticket for the grounds or sit watching the coverage on the various streams that are around get the chance to watch some decent names over the course of the day. They include the Canadian ace Milos Raonic as well as two of the better youngsters in the game in Hubert Hurkacz and Alex de Minaur. Adrian Mannarino, Benoit Paire and the new hotshot Aslan Karatsev are other seeded players who will take to the outside courts.
You never truly know what you are going to get from Fabio Fognini but if he fancies the job against Sebastian Korda on Saturday evening then he looks a big price to me. Korda is improving all the while but we shouldn’t forget his inexperience at Masters 1000 level. For all he is getting better the American might just be slightly overrated on his run to the final of Delray Beach when the tour was so up in the air that nobody really knew what was going on.
Korda had an emphatic win over Radu Albot in the first round here but the Moldovan clearly wasn’t at the races in that one. Fognini has been competing in good company this year in the ATP Cup and the Australian Open and if he is on it he is a league above Korda in my eyes. Even if he isn’t right at it then he knows all the tricks of the trade to get under the skin of his opponent. I just can’t be having Korda at such a short price at this stage of his career. I’ll chance Fognini.
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