The second Masters 1000 tournament of the season at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami is just about to begin and we present you the most interesting first round matches that you should watch and keep an eye on. 32 seeds will start the event from round two but there are still some intriguing encounters that would take place at the beginning of the draw, and these are the matches that could potentially bring an early drama in the opening two days:
Alex de Minaur is one of the youngest players in the Top 200 and he had a great start of the season in Brisbane and Sydney, reaching the semis and the final to burst his ranking and setting a nice ground for entering the Top 100 this season. Alex claimed his first Masters 1000 win at Indian Wells and he is eager to continue in the same style in Miami as well, facing Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round. 22-year-old Japanese was ranked in the Top 60 12 months ago but he injured his left knee against Jack Sock in Miami and he was forced to undergo a surgery in April and miss the rest of the year.
He came back with protected ranking at the Australian Open, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets, and he lost in the opening round in Dubai and Indian Wells in three sets to Benoit Paire and Marcos Baghdatis. He will now try to notch the second ATP triumph of the season against de Minaur and it should be a great battle of two fast and technically well-equipped players. It should be a great baseline contest with a solid number of break points on both sides and we will see who will emerge as a winner.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are among the most promising players in the Top 70 and they will face each other in the first round clash. These two have never met before and it should be a super fine contest between two aggressive players who would use every opportunity to attack and impose their shots. They both have solid serve and groundstrokes and we should see at least one close set that will reach 5-5. Thiem lost in the second round at Indian Wells to Dominic Thiem in three sets while Medvedev reached the third round for his best Masters 1000 result, looking to shift that form to Miami as well.