Naomi Osaka opens the schedule on the Central Court in Miami on Friday. The Japanese player will face, for the first time in her career, Yanina Wickmayer. Not before 2:00 PM, the defending champion John Isner opens his campaign against the Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego.
Here 12 months ago Isner conquered his maiden Masters 1000 title defeating Alexander Zverev in a three-set final. After that, the eight-time tournament champion Serena Williams faces Rebecca Peterson. The American is one of the Miami Open owners and she definitely will want to go forward.
The night session features Novak Djokovic against Bernard Tomic. They will face each other for the sixth time in career and the Serb leads head to head meetings 5-0. Tomic only dropped off a set to Djokovic at the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Their last meeting is dated back to the 2015 Shanghai quarter-finals where Djokovic won 7-6 6-1. Then the local hero Danielle Collins, a defending semifinalist, starts as a favorite against her compatriot Whitney Osuigwe. On the Grandstand Kei Nishikori plays against Dusan Lajovic.
The Japanese, who reached the 2016 final here losing to Djokovic, continues his bid to try to win a Masters 1000 title for the first time in career. Nishikori won both matches in straight sets at the 2014 Australian Open and 2016 Basel.
Nick Kyrgios, who lost a thrilling 2017 semifinal match against Roger Federer, will play against Bublik. On the women's side, Sloane Stephens faces Ons Jabeur while Caroline Wozniacki, who last won an official match in the Australian Open second round, plays against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.