It sure looks like we’re heading for a 40th match between world number 1 and 2, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Miami. They sure are favourites in today’s upcoming matches, Nadal vs Berdych and Djokovic vs Nishikori.
I think Nadal has a tougher task today. He has lost to Berdych before and the Czech #5 is playing really well at the moment. On the other hand, Nadal should be desperate to win the only Masters title he doesn’t possess and I expect him to go through in two tight sets.
Nishikori played the match of his life when he beat Federer, at least for the last two sets, but Djokovic’s game is different and thrives on the kind of ball that Nishikori gives him. But you never know with these young guns and Nishikori might be the most promising of them (together with Dimitrov).
What else is there to say about Miami? I will summarize my thoughts when the tournament has finished ,but I can already say that Federer played amazing, but still bit the dust against a young talent. Nadal seems to be back playing more aggressive tennis and taking the ball earlier, going for more winners and reaping the rewards for it.
Dolgopolov is another guy I want to mention. He’s one of the most entertaining guys to watch on tour and he’s finally starting to come into his own and play consistently well and challenge the top guys.
If you’ve been following the tournament you probably saw the outrageous umpire decision in the match between Djokovic and Murray. You can see the situation here with Djokovic reaching over the net to play a ball (something which is against the rules). I find it strange that the umpire didn’t make a better decision considering he has the best visibility on the entire court.
In the end, Murray lost the point and kind of his mind too and got broken to love serving at 4-5. It’s a very unfortunate way to impact a match where both players was playing really well.
But that’s tennis, folks.