The American hardcourt swing is in full force as players from the ATP and WTA head down to Florida for the second leg of the Sunshine Double the Miami Open. Players from both tours were just in Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open saw Elena Rybakina and Carlos Alcaraz win the title. Alcaraz has now won both legs of the Sunshine double and is looking to defend his crown in Miami.
Entering the Miami Open, Alcaraz is the number one player in the world as Novak Djokovic is not allowed to enter the United States as he is unvaccinated for COVID-19. Though Alcaraz has to grind to win in Indian Wells, he was unphased in the final dismantling Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2 in the final. Thus oddsmakers have Alcaraz to win the tournament at +200. There is no doubt he can repeat as Alcaraz has the all-around game to win on hard courts.
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First-round action is set to begin on Tuesday for the women and Wednesday for the men. The Miami Open runs from March 22 – April 2nd.
Miami Open Odds (via Bet MGM)
Felix Auger Aliassime
Look we know Alcaraz is the favourite to win this tournament. He is the defending champion after all. He broke through last year winning his first Masters 1000 event right here in Miami. Now he is looking to make it back-to-back after winning in Indian Wells. Remember he is only 19 years old and the best player on this surface. Granted Djokovic is not playing, but right now it is Carlitos Way.
Daniil Medvedev had a great showing at Indian Wells despite his love-hate relationship with the surface. He did not put up much of a fight in the final against Carlitos but has been one of the best hardcourt players in recent memory. Medvedev had won 19 straight matches and three titles in a row and is looking to start a new one in Miami.
Jannik Sinner is right there. Sinner had an impressive win over the defending Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz, the top-ranked American. Sinner was right there against Alcaraz before he opened it up in the second set of the semifinals. Sinner reached the final of Miami in 2021 losing to Hubert Hurkacz. Don’t sleep on the Italian on this surface.
Alexander Zverev has regained his form after that nasty spill at Wimbledon. Zverev pushed Medvedev to his limit at Indian Wells in the fourth round. The five-time Masters 1000 champion can compete with anyone in the tournament.
Don’t sleep on Frances Tiafoe as he is only improving with each passing tournament. He has a really good shot to win Miami.
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