The last 16 of the ATP Miami Open is played out across two courts at the grounds at the Hard Rock Stadium on Tuesday on a day where we play down to finalising the quarter finals of the first of the Masters 1000 events of the year.
We have a mixture of the big names and some rising stars among the remaining 16 players in the competition and that offers up a blend of what we have to look forward to on what looks like a decent day of tennis on Tuesday.
With the women’s draw now down to the quarter final stage there are three men’s matches on the main court, the first of which opens the show as the former champion John Isner takes on the man he beat on the way to the final here two years ago in Roberto Bautista Agut. Once then are done and the first women’s quarter final takes place before the number one seed Daniil Medvedev goes up against the American star Frances Tiafoe. We then have to wait until the night session for the final match on this court. That sees the former US Open champion Marin Cilic going up against Andrey Rublev.
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There is a full set of matches on Court 1 over the course of Tuesday with the first of them seeing the exciting Italian youngster Jannik Sinner going up against the underrated Finnish player Emil Ruusuvuori before the first of the American players Taylor Fritz is on show. He meets the equally hard hitting Kazakh player Alexander Bublik before Hubert Hurtacz takes to the court to face Milos Raonic. Diego Schwartzman is then on stage against the other American on this court on Tuesday in Sebastian Korda before the show closes in the night session when the number two seed Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Lorenzo Sonego.
I’ll go with the one bet over the course of the day on Tuesday and it comes deep into the action over on Court 1 which sees Diego Schwartzman taking on Sebastian Korda and I’m a little surprised that the American is such an outsider based on what we’ve seen this season. The only real quality Schwartzman has on these hard courts is the ability to defend and stick around but we’ve not really seen defensive play rewarded that much this week. I’m not convinced it is going to be here either.
I opposed Korda earlier in the week when I thought he might have been out of his depth against Fabio Fognini and for the first set in that match he was but the way he took stock and turned things round showed a maturity I wasn’t expecting. He has since followed that up by battering the man of the year so far in Aslan Karatsev and looks to be in great form. Schwartzman won in Argentina recently on a clay court but his form on a hard court has been less convincing. He might hang around losing than Karatsev but I expect him to go the same way here against a man who looks to be hitting the ball cleanly and visibly gaining in confidence with each match.
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