Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray Headlining 2015 Miami Open Masters Day 7

Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray Headlining 2015 Miami Open Masters Day 7

novak djokovic headlines tuesday 2015 miami open masters images

After seven days at the 2015 Miami Open Masters, Novak Djokovic is showing no signs of slowing down as he readies himself to go up against Alexandr Dolgopolov today. Djokovic has easily been playing his best tennis ever this year, and with each open, he seems to be gathering more strength and agility on the court. He was never at a loss with self confidence, but it does seem like he’s been able to hone it with this open.

Andy Murray, who’s also making up for the last open is going up against Kevin Anderson today.

andy murray headlining 2015 miami open masters

SWEET 16: It’s a blockbuster Day 7 at the Miami Open, with the remaining 16 players all featuring on the schedule, including six of the world’s Top 10. Headlining the action are World No. 1 Novak Djokovicand No. 4 Andy Murray, who have combined to win six of the last eight Miami titles.

GLOBAL GAME: Five continents and 13 countries are represented in the Round of 16: France (3), Spain (2), Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Japan, Serbia, South Africa, Ukraine, United States.

BIG FOUR DOMINANCE: At the last 44 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (since 2010 Monte-Carlo), the Big Four have accounted for 40 titles. The only exceptions came at Paris-Bercy in 2010 (Soderling) and 2012 (Ferrer) and last year in Monte-Carlo (Wawrinka) and Toronto (Tsonga). During that stretch, Djokovic has won 16 titles, Rafael Nadal 12, Roger Federer 7 and Murray 5. The quartet are also among the Top 6 in ATP Masters 1000 titles won.

MILESTONE WATCH: Murray will be bidding for his 500th tour-level win (499-155) when he takes on Kevin Anderson today. He is looking to become the first British man, the ninth active player and the 46th man in the Open Era to achieve the feat. The Brit has beaten six players at least 10 times:Gilles Simon (12), Roger Federer (11), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10), Marin Cilic(10), Feliciano Lopez (10) and Fernando Verdasco (10).


tomas berdych on sunday 2015 miami open masters[8] Tomas Berdych (CZE)        vs            [17] Gael Monfils (FRA)

FedEx Head2Head: Berdych leads 4-1
2008     Dubai (U.A.E.)                Hard    R32    Tomas Berdych    6-3 6-2
2012     Montpellier (France)            Hard    F    Tomas Berdych    6-2 4-6 6-3
2012     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid    Clay    R16    Tomas Berdych    6-1 6-1
2013     Roland Garros (France)            Clay    R128    Gael Monfils    7-6(8) 6-4 6-7(3) 6-7(4) 7-5
2015     Rotterdam (Netherlands)            Hard    QF    Tomas Berdych    6-1 6-4

•    Berdych saved four MPs to clinch a 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-1 victory over the in-form Bernard Tomic in the 3R. The Czech notched his 20th match win of the season in his opening match, overcoming teenager Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-4.
•    Berdych’s win over Tomic put him level with Jim Courier (506) in 43rd place on the Open Era wins list, moving him past Tommy Robredo in 44th (505).
•    Berdych is returning to Miami for the 11th time. He was a beaten finalist here in 2010 (l. to Roddick) and a semi-finalist in 2008 (l. to Nadal) and 2014 (w/o vs. Nadal).
•    Berdych arrived in Florida after a QF defeat to Roger Federer at Indian Wells.
•    Berdych finished runner-up in Doha in the opening week of the season (l. to Ferrer) before putting together a SF run at the Australian Open, where he defeated world No. 3 Nadal in the QF, ending a 17-match losing streak against the Spaniard (l. to Murray).
•    In February, Berdych advanced to the final in Rotterdam (l. to Wawrinka in 3 sets) and the semi-final in Dubai (l. to Djokovic in 3 sets).
•    All five of Berdych’s losses this season have come against Top 10 opposition.
•    In 2014, Berdych finished in the Top 10 for the fifth year in a row, winning two titles – Rotterdam and Stockholm – in a career-best five finals.
•    Monfils saved four of the five BPs he faced as he advanced to the 4R with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The world No. 19 returned from a three-week injury lay-off with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) win overFilip Krajinovic in his opening match.
•    Monfils is making his eighth appearance at the Miami Open. The Frenchman, who has reached the 4R here twice, fell to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his opening match last year.
•    After a 2R loss to Jerzy Janowicz at the Australian Open, Monfils reached the QF-or-better at all three tournaments he contested in February: Montpellier (l. to Gasquet in SF), Rotterdam (l. to Berdych in QF) and Marseille (l. to Simon in final).
•    Prior to this week, Monfils’ last competitive outing came at the beginning of March, when he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in France’s Davis Cup World Group 1R win over Germany.
•    Monfils has a 26-55 career record against Top 10 opposition. His most recent Top 10 win came over world No. 2 Roger Federer in last November’s Davis Cup final.
•    Since the beginning of 2012, Monfils’ only appearance in an ATP Masters 1000 QF came in Shanghai in 2013 (d. No. 7 Federer in 3R; l. to Djokovic).
•    In 2014, Monfils finished in the Top 20 for the first time since 2011 and fifth time overall, winning a fifth career title in Montpellier (d. Gasquet). Also advanced to QFs at Roland Garros and US Open.
andy murray going for 500th win at 2015 miami open masters images[15] Kevin Anderson (RSA)        vs            [3] Andy Murray (GBR)

FedEx Head2Head: Murray leads 3-1
2010     Australian Open (Australia)        Hard    R128    Andy Murray    6-1 6-1 6-2
2011     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada    Hard    R32    Kevin Anderson    6-3 6-1
2014     Wimbledon (Great Britain)            Grass    R16    Andy Murray    6-4 6-3 7-6(6)
2014     Valencia (Spain)                Hard    QF    Andy Murray    6-7(3) 6-4 6-4

•    Anderson advanced to the 4R in Miami for the first time in four years after seeing off Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4, converting on all three of his BP opportunities. The South African battled back from the brink to beat Sam Querrey 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-4 in his opening match. Querrey had served for the match at 6-5 in the second set.
•    Anderson is back at the Miami Open for the seventh time. His best showing here was a QF appearance in 2011 (l. to Djokovic).
•    Anderson arrived in Florida after a 3R loss to John Isner at Indian Wells.
•    Anderson reached a ninth ATP World Tour final last month in Memphis (l. to Nishikori, falling to 2-7 in finals). He lost to Nishikori again in the Acapulco SF later that month.
•    On Jan 19, Anderson rose to a career high No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after advancing to the SF in Auckland (l. to Vesely). He went on to reach the 4R at the Australian Open (l. to Nadal).
•    Anderson has a 7-40 career record against Top 10 opposition with his most recent win coming against then world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris last October.
•    In 2014, Anderson became the first South African to post back-to-back Top 20 seasons since Wayne Ferreira (1994-96) after reaching the QF or better eight times during the year.
•    Murray won 85% of points behind his first serve as he saw off Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 in the 3R to capture the 350th hard court win of his career. He opened his account with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Donald Young.
•    Murray is making his 10th appearance in Miami. He has reached the final three times, winning the title in 2009 (d. Djokovic) and 2013 (d. Ferrer) and finishing runner-up in 2012 (l. to Djokovic).
•    Last week at Indian Wells, Murray advanced to an ATP Masters 1000 SF for the first time in two years with wins over Vasek Pospisil, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Adrian Mannarino and F. Lopez (l. to Djokovic).
•    Murray’s victory over Lopez last week was the 497th match win of his career, giving him sole ownership of the British Open Era match wins record, putting him clear of Tim Henman (496).
•    Murray opened his season by reaching the Australian Open final for the fourth time (l. to Djokovic). He fell to 2-6 in Grand Slam finals.
•    In February, Murray lost in the QF of Rotterdam (l. to Simon) and Dubai (l. to Coric).
•    In 2014, Murray finished in the Top 6 for the seventh year in a row after extending his run of winning at least one title to nine straight years. He advanced to the QF or better 15 times, winning three titles.

novak djokovic hittings balls hard for 2015 maimi open masters
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)        vs            Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

FedEx Head2Head: Djokovic leads 3-0
2011     US Open (U.S.A.)                Hard    R16    Novak Djokovic    7-6(14) 6-4 6-2
2012     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo     Clay    R16    Novak Djokovic    2-6 6-1 6-4
2013     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy)    Clay    R16    Novak Djokovic    6-1 6-4
Alexandr Dolgopolov taking on novak djokovic balls for 2015 miami open masters•    Djokovic continued his quest for a fifth Miami title with a 6-0, 7-5 defeat of Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis. The Serb clinched his 20th win of the season in his opening match, beating Martin Klizan 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
•    Djokovic is back at the Miami Open for the 10th time. He is a four-time champion, winning the title in 2007 (d. Canas), 2011 (d. Nadal), 2012 (d. Murray) and 2014 (d. Nadal). He finished runner-up in 2009 (l. to Murray). The Serb’s last loss in Miami came against Tommy Haas in the 4R in 2013.
•    Djokovic clinched a fourth Indian Wells title last Sunday, bringing his career haul to 21 ATP Masters 1000 crowns and 50 titles overall. He became the 11th player in the Open Era to win 50 titles, surpassing Rod Laver and coach Boris Becker, who both finished their careers on 49.
•    Djokovic is bidding to become the first player to complete the Indian Wells-Miami title sweep three times. Since 1991, seven players have achieved back-to-back success at these events – Jim Courier (1991), Michael Chang (1992), Pete Sampras (1994), Marcelo Rios (1998), Andre Agassi(2001), Roger Federer (2005-06) and Djokovic (2011, ‘14).
•    Earlier this month, Djokovic helped Serbia reach the Davis Cup World Group QF with victory over Croatia. He beat Mate Delic before teaming up with Nenad Zimonjic to clinch the doubles points.
•    In January, Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win fiveAustralian Open titles, defeating Murray in the final. It was his eighth Grand Slam crown, putting him level with Agassi, Connors, Lendl, Perry and Rosewall in eighth place on the all-time list for most major titles.
•    Djokovic also reached the Dubai final last month (l. to Federer in final).
•    This is Djokovic’s 140th week at world No. 1. He is now just one week from tying Nadal for the sixth-most weeks at the summit of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since Aug 23, 1973). Federer leads the way with 302 weeks spent at the top.
•    In 2014, Djokovic finished the season at No. 1 for the third time in four years, winning an ATP World Tour-high seven titles in eight finals. His season was highlighted by capturing a second Wimbledon crown, four ATP Masters 1000 titles and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
•    Dolgopolov took 88 minutes to overcome Thomaz Bellucci in the 3R, defeating the Brazilian 7-5, 6-4. The Ukrainian saw off Ricardas Berankis in straight sets before posting a 6-7(1), 6-3, 7-5 upset win over No. 16 seedTommy Robredo in his opening two rounds. His win over Robredo was the 100th hard-court win of his career.
•    Dolgopolov is making his fifth appearance in Miami. He reached the QF for the first time last year (d. No. 3 Wawrinka in 4R; l. to Berdych).
•    After opening the season with a 1-3 record, Dolgopolov began to string some results together, reaching back-to-back QFs in Delray Beach (l. to Young) and Acapulco (l. to Nishikori) and advancing to the 3R at Indian Wells (l. to Raonic).
•    Dolgopolov dropped 24 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings last Monday after failing to defend his SF points at Indian Wells.
•    In 2014, Dolgopolov finished in the Top 25 for the third time in the past four years, advancing to the QF or better six times.
milos raonic beats jeremy chardy 2015 miami open masters[22] John Isner (USA)            vs            [5] Milos Raonic (CAN)

FedEx Head2Head: Isner leads 2-0
2012     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada    Hard    QF    John Isner    7-6(9) 6-4
2013     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati    Hard    R16    John Isner    7-6(5) 6-4

•    Isner fired down 15 aces in a 7-6(2), 6-2 upset win over No. 9 seedGrigor Dimitrov in the 3R, clinching the 250th win of his career. The American overcame junior world No. 1 Andrey Rublev in his opening match, winning 6-3, 6-4.
•    Isner is yet to have his serve broken. He is also four for four on BP opportunities of his own.
•    Isner is making his eighth appearance in Miami. He has reached the 4R here twice, in 2011 (l. to Anderson) and 2014 (l. to Berdych).
•    Isner arrived in Florida off the back of a 4R loss to Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells.
•    Isner went into Indian Wells on a four-match losing streak having fallen in the Memphis QF (l. to Querrey), the 1R at Delray Beach (l. to Matosevic) and in both his singles rubbers at Davis Cup (l. to Ward 15-13 in the 5th, Murray).
•    Isner ended 2014 as the top-ranked American for the third straight season, finishing in the Top 20 for the fifth year in a row. He won two titles in Auckland (d. Lu) and Atlanta (d. Sela).
•    Raonic hit 39 winners en route to a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(3) defeat of Jeremy Chardy in the 3R. The Canadian had served for the match at 5-4 up in the second set. In his opening match, he breezed past Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4 without facing a BP.
•    Raonic is back at the Miami Open for the fifth time. His best showing was a QF appearance last season (l. to Nadal in 3 sets).
•    At Indian Wells, Raonic saved three MPs en route to a first win over Rafael Nadal, putting the Canadian into a fifth career ATP Masters 1000 SF (l. to Federer). He was the first player from his country to beat Nadal.
•    Raonic has reached the QF or better at eight of his last 10 ATP Masters 1000 events. He is looking to make it nine in 11 today.
•    Raonic opened his season with a run to the Brisbane final (l. to Federer). He also reached SFs in Rotterdam (l. to Wawrinka) and Indian Wells, and the QF at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic).
•    Five of Raonic’s six defeats in 2015 have come at the hands of Top 10 opposition. His only defeat that didn’t was a three-set loss to Simone Bolelli in his opening match in Marseille.
•    In 2014, Raonic became the first player from his country to end a season in the Top 10 after winning a personal-best 49 matches and capturing a sixth career title – and first at ATP 500 level – in Washington (d. Pospisil in first all-Canadian ATP final).


[28] Adrian Mannarino (FRA)        vs            Dominic Thiem (AUT)

FedEx Head2Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

•    Both Mannarino and Thiem are looking to reach an ATP Masters 1000 QF for the first time.
•    Mannarino posted the first Top 10 win of his career to reach the 4R, overcoming world No. 8 Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in two hours and 13 minutes.
•    Mannarino got his tournament under way with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Albert Ramos-Viñolas. The rain-interrupted match was played across Friday and Saturday.
•    Mannarino is back in Miami for the third time. This is the first time he has gone beyond the 2R.
•    Mannarino reached the 4R at an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time at Indian Wells with wins over Mischa Zverev, Fabio Fognini and Ernests Gulbis (l. to Murray).
•    Mannarino rose to a career-high world No. 32 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.
•    Mannarino opened his season in Auckland where he reached a maiden ATP World Tour final (l. to Vesely). He also reached the Delray Beach SF in February (l. to Karlovic), dropping to 1-3 in SFs.
•    In 2014, Mannarino finished in the Top 50 for the first time, winning 16 tour-level matches during the year – the second-most in his career.
•    Thiem booked his place in the 4R with wins over Diego Schwartzman, No. 10 seed Feliciano Lopez and Jack Sock.
•    Thiem returns to Miami for the second year in a row. Last season he came through qualifying to reach the 3R (l. to Robredo).
•    Thiem fell to James Duckworth in his 1R match at Indian Wells. He went on to contest the Irving Challenger in Texas where he lost in the 2R to eventual champion Aljaz Bedene.
•    Thiem’s best showing this season was a QF appearance in Marseille (l. to Bautista Agut).
•    Three of Thiem’s six defeats this season have come against Roberto Bautista Agut.
•    In 2014, Thiem ended a season as the No. 1 Austrian for the first time. He was the youngest player to finish the year in the Top 50 after compiling a breakthrough season, which saw him reach a maiden ATP World Tour final and qualify into a tour-high seven main draws in eight attempts.
fernando verdasco knocks rafael nadal from 2015 miami open mastersJuan Monaco (ARG)            vs        [29] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

FedEx Head2Head: Monaco leads 6-4
2004     Palermo (Italy)                Clay    R16    Juan Monaco    6-4 5-7 6-3
2005     St. Petersburg (Russia)            Carpet    R16    F Verdasco    7-5 6-3
2006     Sydney (Australia)            Hard    R32    Juan Monaco    6-3 6-2
2006     Roland Garros (France)            Clay    R64    Juan Monaco    4-6 6-4 6-4 6-1
2007     Kitzbuhel (Austria)            Clay    SF    Juan Monaco    7-5 7-5
2009     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid    Clay    R16    F Verdasco    7-5 6-2
2009    Båstad (Sweden)                Clay    QF    Juan Monaco    6-1 3-1 ret
2010     Acapulco (Mexico)            Clay    QF    Juan Monaco    7-5 6-3
2011     Roland Garros (France)            Clay    R128    F Verdasco    6-2 7-5 4-6 6-4
2012     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai    Hard    R32    F Verdasco    6-4 6-2

Other Meetings:
2001     Spain F6 (Spain)                Clay    R32    Juan Monaco    7-5 6-3
2001     Spain F8 (Spain)                Clay    R16    F Verdasco    6-2 6-3

•    Monaco booked his place in the 4R with a 7-5, 6-4 upset of No. 23 seedGuillermo Garcia-Lopez. The Argentine opened his campaign with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4 win over qualifier Ruben Bemelmans before upsetting No. 14 seedErnests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4 in the 2R.
•    Monaco is returning to Miami for the 12th time. He reached the SF here in 2012 with wins over world No. 14 Gael Monfils and No. 8 Mardy Fish (l. to Djokovic).
•    Monaco’s run to the Miami SF in 2012 was the last time he advanced to an ATP Masters 1000 QF.
•    Monaco posted his first hard-court wins of the year at Indian Wells, edging past Teymuraz Gabashvili before upsetting Marin Cilic on the Croat’s return from injury (l. to Kokkinakis in 3R).
•    Monaco advanced to his 20th ATP World Tour final in Buenos Aires last month (l. to Nadal). He also made the QF in Rio de Janeiro (l. to Ferrer). The Argentine opened the season 0-4.
•    In 2014, Monaco finished a season outside the Top 50 for the first time since 2006.
•    Verdasco clinched a second straight win over Nadal, upsetting the No. 2 seed 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to reach the 4R. Verdasco had lost his first 13 matches against his compatriot. The Spaniard opened with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory overJames Duckworth, ending a three-match losing streak in Miami.
•    Verdasco last reached an ATP Masters 1000 QF in Madrid in 2012, when he posted his first ever win over Nadal in the 3R before losing to Berdych.
•    Verdasco is making his 13th appearance at the Miami Open. He is a two-time quarter-finalist here, reaching the final eight in both 2009 (l. to Murray) and 2010 (l. to Berdych).
•    Verdasco’s best showing of the year came at the inaugural event in Quito last month when he made the SF (l. to F. Lopez in 2 TB sets). He also reached the 3R at the AUS Open (l. to Djokovic).
•    In 2014, Verdasco finished in the Top 40 for an 11th year in a row with a sixth career ATP World Tour title in Houston in April (d. Almagro), ending a four-year wait for a trophy.
david ferrer hitting ball for rafael nadal at 2015 miami open masters[12] Gilles Simon (FRA)            vs            [6] David Ferrer (ESP)

FedEx Head2Head: Ferrer leads 6-2
2007     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo     Clay    R64    David Ferrer    6-3 6-1
2007     Bastad (Sweden)                Clay    QF    David Ferrer    6-1 6-0
2011     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati    Hard    R16    Gilles Simon    6-4 6-7(3) 6-4
2011     ESP vs. FRA WG SF (Spain)        Clay    RR    David Ferrer    6-1 6-4 6-1
2012     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy)    Clay    R16    David Ferrer    6-0 7-6(5)
2013     ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris    Hard    R16    David Ferrer    6-2 6-3
2014     US Open (U.S.A.)                Hard    R32    Gilles Simon    6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3
2015     Australian Open (Australia)        Hard    R32    David Ferrer    6-2 7-5 5-7 7-6(4)

•    Simon needed three sets – 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-0 – to get past Mikhail Kukushkin in his opening match before sweeping past Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-4 to reach the 4R.
•    This is Simon’s 10th consecutive visit to the Miami Open. He reached the QF here in both 2011 (ret. vs. Federer) and 2013 (d. No. 9 Tipsarevic in 4R; l. to Haas).
•    Simon arrived in Florida after a 4R loss to Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells.
•    Simon captured a 12th ATP World Tour title in Marseille last month (d. Monfils in a 3rd set TB). The win put him into second place, behind Yannick Noah (23), on the all-time French title leaders list. He also reached the SF in Rotterdam (l. to Berdych) and QF in Montpellier (l. to Janowicz).
•    In 2014, Simon finished in the Top 25 for the sixth time in seven years after reaching a second career ATP Masters 1000 final in Shanghai in October. The Frenchman came in ranked No. 29 and defeated No. 4 Wawrinka and No. 7 Berdych en route to the final (l. to Federer in 2 TB sets).
•    Ferrer took one hour and 33 minutes to book his place in the 4R, overcoming Lukas Rosol 6-4, 7-5. The Spaniard swept past Federico Delbonis6-1, 6-1 in his opening match.
•    Ferrer is making his 13th appearance at the Miami Open. He has reached the SF-or-better three times here, with his best showing a runner-up finish in 2013 (l. to Murray).
•    Ferrer is looking to bounce back this week after a 3R loss to Bernard Tomic at Indian Wells.
•    Ferrer has won three titles this year, bringing his career haul to 24. He captured the Doha title in the opening week of the season (d. Berdych), before posting back-to-back tournament wins at the ATP 500 events in Rio de Janeiro (d. Fognini) and Acapulco (d. Nishikori). He became the first player since Ivan Lendl in 1985 to win back-to-back tournaments on two different surfaces.
•    In 2014, Ferrer finished in the Top 10 for the fifth year in a row and sixth overall, reaching the QF or better 17 times, while clinching a lone title in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini).
kei nishikori hot for 2015 miami open masters
[4] Kei Nishikori (JPN)            vs            [18] David Goffin (BEL)

FedEx Head2Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

•    Nishikori dropped just four games as he saw off Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-2 to clinch his 20th match win of the season and advance to the 4R. The world No. 5 got his campaign under way with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mikhail Youzhny.
•    Nishikori has broken serve 10 times in his opening two matches.
•    Nishikori returns to Miami for the sixth time. He reached the SF last year for the first time with wins over world No. 4 David Ferrer and No. 5 Roger Federer, but was forced to withdraw ahead of his clash with Novak Djokovicdue to a groin injury.
•    At Indian Wells, Nishikori fell in straight sets to Feliciano Lopez in the round of 16.
•    Nishikori advanced to the QF or better at his first four tournaments this year, winning an eighth career title in Memphis (d. Anderson) and reaching the final in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer), the SF in Brisbane (l. to Raonic 7-6 in the 3rd) and the QF at the Australian Open (l. to Wawrinka).
•    Ahead of Indian Wells, Nishikori defeated Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonicin Davis Cup in Vancouver but couldn’t prevent Japan falling 3-2 to Canada in the World Group 1R.
•    Nishikori rose to a career-high No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on March 2. He is the highest-ranked Asian player in ATP history. He has since dropped back down to No. 5.
•    In 2014, Nishikori ended the season at a year-end best No. 5 after registering a career-high 54 wins. His year was highlighted by four titles and maiden final appearances at Grand Slam and ATP Masters 1000 level (US Open and Madrid).
•    Goffin has yet to drop a set this week, seeing off Borna Coric and Jerzy Janowicz to reach the 4R in Miami for this first time. This is his fourth appearance at Crandon Park.
•    Goffin opened his season with a SF run in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka). He failed to win back-to-back matches at his other five tournament outings this year.
•    Goffin has a 1-14 record against Top 10 opponents with his lone victory coming over world No. 9 Milos Raonic in the Basel QF last October.
•    In 2014, Goffin finished as his country’s highest-ranked player with a year-end high No. 22, rising 91 places from 2013. After compiling a 3-11 mark from January to the middle of July, he closed the season with a 22-4 record, winning his first ATP World Tour titles in Kitzbühel (d. Thiem in first ATP final featuring 2 players born in 90s) and Metz (d. Sousa). Won ATP Comeback Player of the Year.

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