2019 Miami Open: Djokovic Set to Dominate in South Beach
- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has won six ATP Miami Open titles
- He’s shares the tournament mark for singles wins with Andre Agassi
- John Isner won the 2018 Miami Open
When he gets to Miami, Novak Djokovic is just like Will Smith. He’s bringing the heat.
Can y’all feel that?
We’re ready to get the ball rolling. ?#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/TC6YcFPiL3
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 17, 2019
If you’re a pro tennis player who’s opposed Djokovic in the ATP Miami Open, then you’ve already felt it.
2019 Miami Open Men’s Singles Odds
|Player||Odds to Win 2019 Miami Open Men’s Singles|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||+6600|
*Odds taken on 03/19/19.
Djokovic has won the tournament a record six times.
A little #MondayMotivation for ya — Our 6x champion @djokernole returns to the world No. 1 ranking. pic.twitter.com/GgCKAC3FMs
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) November 5, 2018
He shares the tournament record for most men’s singles titles with Andre Agassi. Agassi won six Miami Opens between 1990-2003 and played in the final eight times.
Novak’s South Beach Diet
Djokovic was just 17 and the No. 10 seed when he defeated Guillermo Canas in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to capture the 2007 Miami Open. It was the first Masters 1000 title of Djokovic’s ATP career.
Hope your Monday is as happy as @djokernole in this photo ?? pic.twitter.com/e3op5d3zzl
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) July 16, 2018
He lost the 2009 final 6-2, 7-5 to Andy Murray. Djokovic would rattle off back-to-back Miami Open titles in 2011-12. He beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-4) in 2011, and avenged his loss to Murray via a 6-1, 7-6(7-4) verdict in 2012.
Three more Djokovic titles followed from 2014-16. He defeated Nadal (6-3, 6-3), Murray (7-6(7-3), 4-6, 6-0), and then 6-3, 6-3 over Kei Nishikori in 2016.
A right elbow injury forced Djokovic to withdraw from the tournament in 2017. Last year, he was upset 6-3, 6-4 by France’s Benoit Paire in second-round play.
Isner Looks to Defend
With his 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4 triumph over frequent tournament bridesmaid Alexander Zverev, in the 2018 final, John Isner became the first American player to win the Miami Open since Andy Roddick in 2010.
There were early upsets suffered by Djokovic and Roger Federer, and the injury-related absences of Nadal and Murray took the big four out of Isner’s path. It wasn’t necessary for him to deal with any of them.
John Isner, 32, won the biggest title of his 14-year career on Sunday, defeating Alexander Zverev in the Miami Open final, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4: https://t.co/JcHtSApRHX pic.twitter.com/72FsW853cQ
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) April 1, 2018
Ranked No. 9 by the ATP, the 6-10 Isner was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He seems to save some of his best tennis for the American southeast. Along with last year’s win in Miami, he’s won the last five Atlanta Open titles.
Who are the Contenders?
Already, a couple of players worth watching have bowed out of the tournament.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal withdrew. It’s due to the same knee injury that forced him to forfeit his semifinal match to Federer Saturday at Indian Wells.
Unfortunately, @RafaelNadal has withdrawn from Miami due to a right knee injury.
We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the court healthy very soon. #MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/McjffZxgtt
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 16, 2019
Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, 21st overall the ATP rankings and a 2018 Miami Open semifinalist, is also out of the event. He’s suffering from a shoulder ailment.
Nadal is the only one among the world’s top 10 players who aren’t entered in Miami.
Nadal is the only one among the world’s top 10 players who aren’t entered in Miami. Federer is fresh off his final appearance in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. He won the Miami Open title for the third time in 2017.
Four days until @rogerfederer begins the hunt for his fourth #MiamiOpen title.@baptisthealthsf pic.twitter.com/uewU7RNFBY
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 14, 2019
Zverev will be back. He’s seeking to go one step further than last year. Nishikori, the 2016 losing finalist, is also entered.
Isner, Federer, and Djokovic are the only former champs in the field. Djokovic hasn’t played tournament tennis since he captured the Australian Open, dropping just two sets.
Unless he suffers from rust, this is Djokovic’s tournament to win.
Pick: Novak Djokovic (+135)