One of the most popular tournaments of the 1000 series, among players and fans alike, has reached its peak. The Miami Open finals in both categories lay ahead and as there might be some surprised about the participants of the ladies’ final it is clear that possibly currently top two male players clash in the men’s final.
Serena Williams is the best female tennis player in the world and presents the most dominant force in this sport for almost a decade. It comes as a great surprise whenever this veteran misses a semi-final of a great tournament so her place in the big game is expected, to say the least. She has been professional for almost twenty years and her experience in such important matches is immeasurable. If one takes into account that this is her tenth final of Miami and that she has already won it seven times it is clear who the favorite in this match is. Add in the fact that her last defeat on this tournament was in 2012 quarterfinals and that she has only lost 10 games in four matches against her opponent in the upcoming match and it seems that Serena, who turns 34 this September, will have one of the easier finals in her career. Carla Suarez Navarro, on the other hand, has never been in a final of tournament of this size. Even though she currently hold position number 13 on the WTA list, her biggest achievements up to date have been Grand Slam quarterfinals so this is the biggest result of her career. Count in the fact that she is the first Spanish player in over ten years to reach a final of a big competition and her success becomes even greater. She is a total outsider in this match, though, and that might help her play relaxed and give her best against the most difficult opponent female tennis has to offer. And whatever happens, Carla can be satisfied as she is going to break into top 10 when new rankings come out on Monday.
After Indian Wells another big tournament sees the same names in men’s final match. Two old acquaintances and foes at the same time will undoubtedly give the fans of the sport another memorable match as for both participants of the duel stakes are high. Novak Djoković is the best player in the world and that is not just according to the rankings. He plays well, balanced, he has matured both mentally and in the fine details of the game and he sits atop the tennis world now that Federer’s career is closing its end and Nadal can’t find his game after numerous injury issues. The stability of his game was demonstrated in the semi-final as he had fewer problems than ever with towering John Isner and his rocket services. One of his kryptonite opponents in previous competitions, Isner’s specific style of play presented no difficulties for Serbian player as he relatively easily disposed of him in straight sets. In his battle for 22nd win of a Masters tournament, however, he faces a formidable foe as Andy Murray is without a doubt the biggest name in male tennis today after Đoković. British player has always had bigger mental than physical issues when it comes to playing tennis and it seems that Novak knows the way to get into his head. Even though Murray has been working hard on that aspect of his game Indian Wells final has shown that he still has trouble facing this opponent. He does say that his play is on a higher level than in the previous months and he will definitely seek revenge for previous losses, but that might be his downfall as Andy cannot seem to keep a cool head when Novak is on the other side of the net. One thing is certain, though – tennis fans around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy another brilliant duel of the two when they meet in Sunday’s final match.