Kicking off the night session for Monday at the Miami Open is a battle of experience and youth between David Ferrer and Alexander Zverev. The German is now the highest ranked player in the top half of the draw after Roger Federer’s surprise exit in the previous round. He will be one of a number of players who fancy their chances of a Masters 1000 title including Nick Kyrgios, who may well be up next for the winner.
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Having lost his opener at Indian Wells, Zverev was in danger of doing the same again in Miami. However, he managed to come through in a final set tiebreak against Daniil Medvedev despite being off his game. The German isn’t too concerned just yet though. “It was not an easy match, but if you look at my history, the tournaments I do well in have very tough opening rounds,” said Zverev. “I didn’t play my best, but it’s very important to find ways to win matches like that.
Ferrer has been unfortunate to run into a red-hot Juan Martin Del Potro early on in his last two tournaments, losing on both occasions to the man who eventually won the title in Acapulco and Indian Wells. He eased past Evgeny Donskoy in just over an hour, not giving up his serve in the 6-2 6-2 win. Zverev will offer a far tougher test in round three, even if he is far from his best. In their first meeting with Zverev established as a top player, the German won easily in Rotterdam last month.
Prediction – Alexander Zverev in three sets