Last 32 in Miami

Roger Federer has started his Miami campaign with a straight sets win over Monfils. Just about the same level as he started in IW. Next match will be harder, I think. Soderling has started 2008 really well and 6-0, 6-1 in the first match against Koubek is strong. He beat Wawrinka in 3 yesterday and might give Federer some trouble.

If not, Federer will probably sail through to the QF. Sela or Acasuso in 4th round won’t be a pain. Then there is Tsonga, who needs to get past Benneteau, to set up a 4th round with Roddick. You would think Roddick having to play a qualifier would be easy job, but he had to go to 3 close sets to get it. Troicki was giving him a much harder time than he needed this early. But it seems like Tsonga-Roddick is the most likely 4th round where the outcome is impossible to predict.

The big story from the 2nd quarter was Ancic getting even with Murray, after having lost in Marseilles. 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 sounds like a match I should have seen. 2nd biggest story is that Ferrer is out and that Johansson might go in as a good QF candidate if he can get past Youzhny. Likely 4th round matches are Davydenko-Ancic, Youzhny-Johansson

The lower half of the draw will play their 3rd round today. One match that I would like to see is Santoro-Blake. If you remember US Open 2007 you know why. A player to watch is Malisse, who took out Nalby 6-1, 6-4. He has a chance to get to QF if he can get past Blake or Santoro.

But the conclusion thus far is that we might finally see a new Federer-Nadal final. First one since Wimbledon! OR…. if you are an American fan, you would probably want to see a Roddick-Blake final. That’s more unlikely, but not impossible. What say you?!


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