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Rafael Nadal's chance of sweet revenge-2011 Sony Ericsson Open Men's Preview

By Rohit Sharma    + Follow

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Keywords: Sony Ericsson Open | Roger-Federer | Rafael-Nadal | Novak-Djokovic | David-Ferrer | Andy-Roddick | Andy-Murray | Robin-Soderling | Juanmartin-Delpotro
Rafael Nadal's chance of sweet revenge-2011 Sony Ericsson Open Men's Preview
With the scintillating rise of a certain Serbian Gentleman, the Rafa-Roger dominance seems to be approaching its finishline. Will the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open witness a resurgence by Federer or Nadal or is it Novak Djokovic's turn to bask in the glory of his winning streak.


Tennis' 'Glam-Slam' - Sony Ericsson Open kicks off in Key Biscayne, Miami with all the top men in action against each other for big honours in one of the most happening city in the world. 

The top half of the men's draw has it's most mouth-watering clash awaited in the semifinals between two of the most dominant men in the past decade - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard's first big test comes in the fourth round against either surprise Australian Open quarterfinalist Alexandr Dolgopolov or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Being the top seed, Nadal had an easy road to semifinals last week as well before he sweat it out against Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the finals. In Miami too, his first big test will come in the most familiar name - Roger Federer.

Federer's half has him pitted against defending champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals but his first tricky opponent could be Argentine Juan Monaco, who has wins over several top players including former champion Andy Murray. Us Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny could provide Federer with some heavy warm up in the fourth round before he goes in the big league of Roddick and Nadal. Federer, a two time former champion here in Miami is definitely a contender but despite pushing the tour's hottest player Djokovic to three sets last week, he still isn't the one bookies would like to put their money on.

The bottom half is all about Novak Djokovic. A champion here in 2007, Djokovic shot to super stardom with his win here four years ago and achieved new milestones in his career in due time. Djokovic might face Sam Querrey or Viktor Troicki in the fourth round before setting up a much anticipated quarterfinal clash with 2009 champion Andy Murray. The Scot's section has tall American John Isner and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, whose best is 'yet to come'. Djokovic is definitely a player to beat for everyone including Murray, who lost the pair's previous meeting in Australian Open Final but won the last meeting in Miami over Djokovic in 2009.

The fourth quarter of the draw features some of the hungriest players on ATP World tour currently. In-form Robin Soderling may have lost early in the recently held BNP Paribas Open, but is a fine hard court player with 3 titles already under his belt. His biggest opposition comes in a third round clash with Argentine Juan Martin Del potro's whose forehand is doing a smiliar talking that it did in 2009 when he won the US Open. If Soderling gets past the Argentine troublemaker, he will face Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarterfinals who is enjoying the most successful phase of his life. Ferrer, has a tough opponent in Somdev DevVarman in the third round and if all goes well there, he will face Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round, who is expected to come through his first three matches with relative ease.

Now comes my least favourite part of writing the preview, picking the semifinalists, or worse, picking the winner. From the top half, incase of an absence of any major upset, Federer and Nadal are likely to emerge victorious from their quarters. In the bottom half, a Murray-Djokovic clash is bound to produce nail-biting tennis but will most likely favour Djokovic, who will not leave any stones unturned to deny Murray the elusive revenge. The most unpredictable fourth quarter will either have Soderling or Del Potro completing the semifinal line up, or it will see Ferrer's rise to the occasion with the kind of tennis he displayed in Melbourne this year.

Winner, well that's definitely a tough question and the answer to it at the moment is Rafael Nadal. Djokovic's unbeaten 2011 run will eventually come to an end and Nadal will claim his first hard court masters series title in almost two years with win here in Miami. Rest, its all extremely unpredictable. We'll have to just stay tuned and wait for April' 3rd 2011 when the latest edition of the Sony Ericsson Open will engrave a new name on the winner's trophy.


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