16 singles matches will be played this Thursday on Day 2 of the Miami Open presented by Itaú. And seven will feature Hispanic tennis players. Perhaps the most striking of these will be that of Argentine Federico Delbonis.
Not only because he will face Andy Murray again, who will play in Miami for the first time since 2016. In addition, the winner of this meeting will summon the first seed of the tournament, Daniil Medvedev, in the second round.
The only precedent for the 31-year-old left-hander with the 34-year-old Briton was six years ago in Indian Wells, and on that occasion there was a surprise: Delbonis won the third-set tie-break. One more triumph of the one born in Azul would see him reach the victory of him No.
160 on the ATP Tour, and he would quote him for the second time in his career with Medvedev, with whom he is 0-1. Murray, who has 700 career wins from him, has the same record with Daniil. The duel will start at 7:00 p.m. (local time) in the fourth turn of the main stadium, a court where Delbonis, No.
36 in the world, he knew how to take Novak Djokovic to the third set in 2019. Earlier on this same stage, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will have his first match in this tournament facing the local Sebastian Korda, No. 38 in the world and a quarterfinalist a year ago.
The winner will summon fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Viñolas, seeded No. 31.
Mouratoglou praises Nole Djokovic
Renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou has described Novak Djokovic's Covid-19 vaccine stance as "courageous" and believes the Serb's choice illustrates why he is a great champion.
Mouratoglou also labeled the 20-time Grand Slam champion as the "perfect example" of how to behave to become the best tennis player in the world. "I think that Novak's choice is courageous," Mouratgolou said. "He explains to the entire world why he is such a champion.
He is not scared by what is going to happen to him and he accepts the consequences of it. People can have the feeling that he puts tennis second and in a way he does - for the first time in his life probably. He probably believes that the other quest is bigger than tennis." The 51-year-old then declared that he felt Djokovic would respond positively to criticism over his choice.
"The statement he made about not wanting to be vaccinated, he knows millions of people were going to be extremely aggressive against him," Mouratoglou added. "As a lot of people that are very strongly minded, the more you attack them - because he can feel being attacked - the more he is defending himself. I call it a competitor."