The Miami Open: Round of 16 stage
The Miami Open might not be considered one of the Grand Slams, however it is still a relatively respected competition and one that features prominently on the tennis schedule as an event that the biggest of players all want to win.
Indeed, previous editions of the ATP Tour event have seen some of the world’s best Men’s singles tennis players all win the competition, with some of them to have been able to enjoy multiple successes when playing on the hardcourt in Florida.
Individuals including Andre Agassi (6 victories), Novak Djokovic (6), Rodger Federer (4), and Andy Murray (2) have each enjoyed success on more than one occasion, whereas other stars including John Isner and Hubert Hurkacz have lifted the trophy once, with the latter the current defending champion.
The 2022 Miami Open has been as star-studded as previous editions of the event, though, despite the fact that three players who can perhaps be considered tennis royalty – Djokovic, Federer, and Rafael Nadal – all missed the competition due to various factors.
Nonetheless, there are still a number of exceptional players to be competing, with this article taking a look at those that are still left and taking a look at what could happen!
The Round of 16
Unsurprisingly, there are still a number of top players still competing in the competition at the time of writing, with individuals including Daniil Medvedev which is one of the favourites according to this Thai news site, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Nick Kyrgious all still involved.
How do the Round of 16 matches look:
- (1) D Medvedev vs J Brooksby
- L Harris vs (8) H Hurkacz
- (3) S Tsitsipas vs (14) C Alcaraz
- (11) T Fritz vs M Kecmanović
- (WC) N Kyrgious vs (9) J Sinner
- F Cerúndolo vs (28) F Tiafoe
- (6) C Rudd vs (10) C Norrie
- (Q) T Kokkinakis vs (2) A Zverev
What should we expect to see happen?
It can be relatively easy to look at the player’s seed/rankings when looking at each fixture and picking the individual who has the lowest number, as this will typically be determined by their performances on the court over a period of time.
However, we all know that tennis does not always work in that way and that there can be a number of different upsets that can take place over the course of an event.
Nonetheless, with that said, it would be hard to predict that there will be major shocks when looking at how the Fourth Round of the 2022 Miami Open has been set up.
Indeed, you would fully expect the top three players – Medvedev, Zverev, and Tsitsipas – to each overcome their matches, whilst defending champion Hurkacz will be favored to continue to progress in an attempt to retain his title.
What interesting things could happen at the 2022 Miami Open?
The match between Kyrgious and Sinner could be an interesting watch, as the Australian has been able to blow his opponents away in straight sets – aside from the First Round – whereas the Italian has had to utilize three sets in order to progress since entering the competition in the Second Round.
Moreover, those who follow what Medvedev does on the court might be able to see the Russian become the World’s No. 1. With Djokovic not competing, he can do this by reaching the semifinals.