Thursday, April 2, 2009

Miami Watch: Make sure not to miss blockbuster Thursday

We've got some great matches ahead of us on Thursday in Miami.

Make sure you're all set up in front of your TVs starting 3pm Miami time (9pm Cairo time) for what am sure is gonna be an afternoon/night of some high quality tennis.

Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [6] J Del Potro (ARG)

In a repeat to last week's quarterfinal at Indian Wells, Nadal will be looking to extend his record lead over JMDP to 5-0.

Not Before 7:00 PM
[4] A Murray (GBR) vs [8] F Verdasco (ESP)

Verdasco snapped a 5-match losing streak to Murray earlier this year at the Australian Open, where he eliminated the Scot from the 4th round. Murray reached the final at Indian Wells last week, but he suffered a dismal defeat to Nadal in a very windy match. The fourth seed had a couple of dodgy rounds in Miami, coming through in 3 sets against Juan Monaco and Nicolas Massu but then his last win was a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Viktor Troicki. So my advice to Verdasco is: beware and be brave.

Verdsaco had a tough match against his fellow Spaniard, Felicano Lopez, but then he cruised past Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-2, so he's not doing too bad himself.

Not Before 9:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [5] V Williams (USA)

This will be the sisters' 20th meeting on tour and their 4th in Miami. Venus has won their last two meetings, in Dubai last Feb, and in the season-ending championships in Qatar late last year. Overall, Venus leads Serena 10-9 head-to-head and is 2-1 against Serena in Miami (their last Miami meeting was in the 2005 quarters where Venus won 6-1, 7-6).

Serena has come through some tough matches this week in Miami and if she doesn't make it to the finals, she will lose her top spot to Dinara Safina. Will Venus dispatch her sister from the WTA penthouse, or will Serena prevail??!

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