(Sports news – Tennis news) Very happy news has just come to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and many other stars of the world tennis when unlike the recently canceled Indian Wells Masters, the Miami Masters will remain normal.
Miami Masters “Challenge” To Pandemic Covid-19
The global Covid-19 pandemic caused Indian Wells Masters, scheduled for March 12-22, to be postponed. This makes many fans and many famous tennis players in the world worry that the Miami Masters – the second ATP Masters 1000 in 2020 will suffer the same situation.
However, recently, according to Tennis World USA, the Miami Masters organizers have confirmed this year’s tournament will still take place on schedule from March 23 to April 5. The award gathered many bright stars to compete for the noble title on the outdoor hard yard in the US with the regular $ 1,028,300 and 1,000 reward points on the ATP Rankings for the men’s singles champion.
“Miami 2020 might be held as scheduled, from 23rd March to 5th April. Safety remains a top priority and we are closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic situation with local officials. , state and federation for a smooth and successful tournament.
In addition, we are working hard with ATP and WTA on their surveys of the best practices proposed and in strict compliance with the guidelines of the authorities to provide a “The competition arena is safe for fans, players and staff,” said a Miami official.
Djokovic, Nadal confident race number 1
Last year, Miami moved the venue from Crandon Park in Key Biscayne to Hard Rock Stadium, which gathered all notable names, except Rafael Nadal who had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
Surprise happened when Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all lost before the quarterfinals which made this round gathered 7 seeds and 1 “phenomenon” to qualify (Felix Auger-Aliassime).
In the Miami Masters 2019, Roger Federer successfully defeated the No. 7 seed of the host country of the United States, “giant” 2.08m high John Isner 6-1, 6-4 to crown and set a record as The oldest player in history to win the ATP Masters 1000 title.
Unfortunately, having to recover after surgery for his right knee (expected to be fully recovered in June this year), the “Express Train” Federer will not be able to defend the championship in Miami and will lose 1,000 points on the upcoming ATP rankings.
Previously, Federer has deducted 600 points for failing to protect his achievement in the final of Indian Wells last year due to this year’s delay. The current score for the 38-year-old Swiss legend has dropped from 6,630 to 6,030. After the 2020 Miami Masters, Federer will lose another 1,000 points due to injury so he can not protect the championship and his score will be only 5,030 points.
Meanwhile, the focus of attention at this upcoming tournament will be the world’s No. 1 competition between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Nadal will only be able to reclaim the throne if he wins the Miami Masters and Djokovic does not make it to the semi-finals. However, this is not easy.
Djokovic is having a “solitary defeat” with 18 consecutive wins in the singles from early 2020 until now on the coronation journey in both ATP Cup (with Serbia Tel), Australian Open and Dubai Tennis Championships. Nole is also co-holding a record 6-time Miami Masters champion with US host Andre Agassi.
And Nadal, despite having just won the 3rd championship at the ATP 500 Mexican Open in Acapulco, has never won the Miami Masters despite having won the final five times (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017).