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Danil Medvedev could face Andy Murray in the second round at the Miami Open



Top seed Danil Medvedev could face a potential second round match against two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray at the Miami Open. 


Medvedev beat Murray in their only previous head-to-head match in Brisbane in 2019. Murray won two Miami Open titles in 2009 and 2013 when the tournament was held at Key Biscayne. 

Murray will open his Miami campaign against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, who beat the British player in their only previous head-to-head match in Indian Wells in 2016. 

Medvedev will be looking to bounce back from his third round match against Gael Monfils in Indian Wells. 

Medvedev, who reached the quarter final as his best result in Miami in 2019, could face Christian Garin in the third round and either Jenson Brooksby or Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round. Brooksby showed his excellent form in Indian Wells by beating Karen Khachanov in the second round and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round before losing to Cameron Norrie. 

Medvedev can overtake Novak Djokovic and return to world number 1 in the ATP Ranking if he reaches the semifinal in Miami. 

Defending champion Hubert Hurkacz has been drawn in the same quarter as Medvedev and they could meet in a potential top eight match. 

Hurkacz will start his title defence against either Laslo Djere or Arthur Rinderknech in the second round, Aslan Kararatsev in the third round before a potential fourth round clash against 12th seed Denis Shapovalov. 

Third seed Stefanos Tsitispas leads the second quarter of the draw. The Greek player lost to Medvedev in the Australian Open semifinal and finshed runner-up to Felix Auger Aliassime in the Rotterdam final before losing to Norrie in Acapulco. Tsitsipas could be on a collision course for a potential quarter final against Auger Aliassime. 

Tsitsipas will open his Miami Open campaign against Daniel Altmeier or a qualifier in the second round, Alex De Minaur in the third round and Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round. 

Alcaraz reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal in Indian Wells before losing to Nadal in an epic three-set match. The Spanish teenager lost to Matteo Berrettini in the third round at the Australian Open before winning the Rio Open title. At Indian Wells he beat Mackenzie McDonald, Roberto Bautista Agut, Gael Monfils and last year’s Indian Wells finalist Cameron Norrie en route the semifinal. 

Auger Aliassime will face either Indian Wells quarter finalist Miomir Kecmanovic or a qualifier. 

Taylor Fritz has been drawn in the same quarter as Tsitsipas and Auger Aliassime. Sebastian Korda is another player to watch out for. 

Fritz won his first Masters 1000 title in indian Wells. The Californian player became the first player to beat Rafael Nadal in 2022.

Fritz will face either Botic Van de Zandschulp or a qualifier and could meet Auger Aliassime in the quarter final. 

Last year’s Miami Open finalist Andrey Rublev could face Nick Kyrgios in the second round. Rublev’s 13-match winning streak came to an end when he lost to Fritz in the Indian Wells semifinal. Rublev and Kyrgios have drawn level to 1-1 in their two head-to-head matches. If Rublev gets through to the third round, he could face Fabio Fognini in the third round and Jannik Sinner in the fourth round. 

Kyrgios won the Australian Open doubles title alongside his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis last January. At Indian Wells he beat beat Casper Ruud en route to the quarter final before losing to Nadal in three sets. The Australian star, who reached the Miami Open semifinal twice, will have to beat Adrian Mannarino. 

Sinner, who finished runner-up to Hurkacz in the Miami Open final last year, will face either Emil Ruusuvuori or serve and volley specialist Maxime Cressy or Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. 

Last year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini will take on either Dusan Lajovic or Juan Manuel Cerundolo in the second round, either Frances Tiafoe or Brandon Nakashima in the third round, either Gael Monfils or Reilly Opelka in the Round of 16. In the quarter final Berrettini could face his competriot Sinner or Rublev.

Berrettini lost to Miomir Kecmanovic in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Last year’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev will be looking to bounce back from the second round defeat against either two time Miami quarter finalist Borna Coric or a qualifier in the bottom half of the draw. Coric has made his come-back after a shoulder injury. 

Zverev could face a possible third round match against 26 seed Grigor Dimitrov, who beat John Isner en route to the quarter final in Indian Wells. The potential round of 16 rival for Zverev could be either Diego Schwartzman or Lorenzo Sonego. 

The other half of the fourth quarter of the draw features either Casper Ruud and Cameron Norrie. They could meet in the fourth round. 

Ruud will face either Henri Laaksonen or Benoit Paire in the second round and Alexander Bublik in the third round. 

Norrie could meet three-time Challenger Tour champion Jack Draper, who will aim at his first Masters 1000 match win against Frenchman Gilles Simon. Norrie won the Delray Beach Open before finishing runner-up to Nadal in the  the Acapulco final and the quarter finals in Indian Wells. 

Norrie could face a difficult match against John Isner in the third round. 

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Flavio Cobolli beats Dominic Stricker on his debut at the Next Gen Finals



Flavio Cobolli overcame 2022 semifinalist Dominic Stricker 4-2 3-4 (4-7) 4-1 4-2 after 1 hour and 39 minutes on his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah to move to 1-0 in Green Group. 


Cobolli converted four of his five break points and won nine of his ten games on the deciding point.

Sticker earned the first break point in the second game of the opening set, but Cobolli saved it with a forehand inside-out on the deciding point. Cobolli fended off another break point on the deciding point with a first serve winner in the fourth game. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game on the deciding point with a forehand passing shot to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set at 15. 

The second set went on serve in the first three games with no break points. Stricker earned a break point in the fourth game, but Cobolli saved it to hold serve for 2-2. Stricker went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break with a mini-break on the second point, but Cobolli pulled the mini-break back to draw level to 5-5. Cobolli saved two set points at 5-6 with a forehand down the line and another chance at 6-7. Stricker converted his third set point to win the tie-break 9-7 after 56 minutes.

Cobolli went down 0-40 on serve in the first game of the third set, but he won four consecutive points to save four break points to hold serve on the deciding point. The Italian player won 11 of the next 12 points and broke serve in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. Stricker rallied from 0-40 down to 40-40, but Cobolli held serve on the deciding point with a forehand in the third game. Stricker earned three break points at 1-3 15-40 but Cobolli saved them to hold serve on the deciding point for 4-1.   

The fourth set started with a series of breaks and counterbreaks, as Cobolli took a 2-1 lead with a break on the deciding point and held serve at 30 to open up a 3-1 lead. Cobolli earned a match point, but Stricker saved it on the deciding point. Cobolli served out the win on his second match point in the sixth game.

Cobolli will face Arthur Fils in the second match on Wednesday.

“I warmed up for a lot of time, so I was really hot on the court. I started the match really well. The courts are so fast, but I was faster than Stricker. I played a really good match and I am really happy”, said Cobolli.

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Arthur Fils edges Luca Nardi in the opening match of the Next Gen Finals in Jeddah



Arthur Fils made a winning start to Green Group with a 2-4 4-3 (8-6) 4-2 1-4 4-2 win of Luca Nardi after 2 hours and 2 minutes in the opening match of the 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.


Fils served at 51% and faced only two break points. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games. Nardi earned his first break at 15 in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, when Fils netted a forehand. Nardi served for the set at 3-2 and fired a service winner to close out the first set in 19 minutes. 

Both players went on serve in the second set en route to the tie-break. Nardi fired an ace on the sixth point to draw level to 3-3. Fils earned a mini-break  after Nardi made a loose backhand. Nardi pulled the mini-break back to draw level to 4-4 and forced a mistake from Fils to earn a set point at 5-5. 

Fils saved a set point at 5-6 with a service winner. The Frenchman earned a mini-break at 7-6 to wrap up the tie-break of the second set 8-6 after 55 minutes. 

Fils broke serve at 15 in the first game of the third set after a lucky net cord winner and earned another break point at 2-0. Nardi won the decisive point with a forehand down the line winner to hold serve in the third game. Fils held serve at 30 in the sixth game to win the third set 4-2 after 1 hour and 18 minutes. 

Nardi faced two break points in the first game of the fourth set and saved them on the deciding point. 

Nardi broke Fils in the fifth game when Fils made a forehand error. The Italian player closed out the fourth set with a service winner in the sixth game forcing the match to the fifth set after 1 hour and 38 minutes. 

Both players went on serve in the opening five games of the decider. Nardi wasted a game point, and Fils earned the decisive break with a return winner to seal the win after 2 hours and 3 minutes. 

Fils won the first ATP title in Lyon last May and finished the season at number 36. The Frenchman started 2023 at number 249, making the biggest jump into the top 50 from last yeat of any player on Tour. 

“It was a tough match. The first set in my life I am playing first to four games. Things can change very quickly. I was leading two sets to one, had break points and I was feeling very good. Then I lost a deuce point and everything changed, but I I am really happy to win today”, said Fils. 

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Grand Slam Champions Sabalenka, Rybakina To Start 2024 Campaigns In Brisbane



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Aryna Sabalenka will begin her preparation for a second consecutive Australian Open title by playing a warm-up event in Brisbane during the first week of January.


The world No.2 is among a trio of players that has been added to the line-up for the combined event with the women’s draw being increased from 32 to 48 players. It will be the first time in Sabalenka’s career that she has played in Brisbane after the tournament wasn’t held between 2021-2023. 

“I’m excited about starting my 2024 Australian season in Brisbane. Australia holds a special place in my heart after winning my first Grand Slam there,” Sabalenka said in a press release.
“I can’t wait to make my debut at the Brisbane International and play in front of the Queensland tennis fans. It’s a tournament that’s attracted so many good players in the past and I’m hoping it will set me up for another successful summer.”

Sabalenka will be hoping to continue her run of good form from 2023 into the new season. This year she won her maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park, was runer-up to Coco Gauff at the US Open and reached the semi-finals at the two other major events. She also won the Madrid Open in May which is the biggest clay-court title of her career to date. 

Also joining the Belarussian in the draw is former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. The world No.4 was runner-up to Sabalenka at the Australian Open earlier this year. She has won five WTA titles so far in her career with two of those occurring this year in Indian Wells and Rome. 

As for the men’s draw, which is categorized as an ATP 250 event, Ben Shelton has confirmed his entry. The 21-year-old played his first-ever international event back in January and since the start of the year, he has risen almost 80 places in the rankings to 17th in the world. His career-best ranking is 15th which was achieved last month. 

“I’m thrilled to be playing the Brisbane International for the first time in 2024. My first trip to Australia was last January, and it was such an amazing experience. The fans were so welcoming,” said Shelton.
“I’m looking forward to exploring Brisbane and playing in front of the local fans. Hopefully, there will also be a chance to fit in some sightseeing during my visit.”

The Brisbane International has already confirmed that Naomi Osaka will also be playing in what will be her first tournament since becoming a mother. Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Holger Rune and Grigor Dimitrov are also set to play at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The tournament will take place from 31 December to 7 January. 

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