Miami Open 2021 Draw: Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev on Collision Course, Tsitsipas Faces a Tough Path

Published 03/22/2021, 1:31 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


After canceling last year’s edition due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Miami Open is back for 2021. Unfortunately, this year’s event won’t feature the ‘Big 3’ of tennis but there is plenty of talent among the NextGen of tennis. They are surely going to provide fans with an entertaining tournament.

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It will be very hard to predict who will win in Miami this year. However, a player’s chances could go up depending on one important factor – the draw and it has just been revealed. Check it out.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Miami Open: The Path to Victory for the Top 4 Seeds

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As the first seed, Daniil Medvedev has a pretty tough road ahead of him at the Miami Open. In the quarter-finals, he has the chance to meet Felix Auger-Aliasimme and in addition to that, he can face Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals. Clearly, he will have to work a lot to win his 4th Masters 1000 title.

Moving onto second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, he has an even tougher draw ahead of him. In the second round, he can face Kevin Anderson. In addition to that, he can face Alex De Minaur in the quarter-finals and  Aslan Karatsev or Andrey Rublev in the semis. It’s definitely not going to be easy for the Greek star to win his first Masters title.

Next, as the number 3 seed is Alexander Zverev. Apart from Medvedev, he only has to worry about Karen Khachanov or Jannik Sinner in the 4th round. The latter beat him last year at the French Open and could pose a threat to him. He will have to be ready to face both of them.

Lastly, we have Andrey Rublev as the fourth seed. Apart from Tsitsipas, he has to worry about Christian Garin in the quarter-finals and Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 17, 2021. Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his second-round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

Other Interesting Match-Ups

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In addition to the Top 4 seeds in Miami, this event also features Andy Murray returning as a wild card. He will be facing Dubai Open finalist Lloyd Harris in the first round and if he wins, he will face Roberto Bautista Agut. He is surely looking to find some form and beat them this year.

Moving on, there are also interesting matches in the round 2 stage of the event. Marin Cilic could face Christian Garin, Benoit Paire could face Lorenzo Musetti and Sinner could even face Koepfer. What an amazing draw!

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Clearly, the Miami Open has many mouth-watering clashes even though the ‘Big 3’ are absent. Fans in Miami are surely excited as they haven’t watched the event for a long time. Hopefully, it will be a grand success when it begins the day after tomorrow.

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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