"Approach Shots" is Ricky's weekly look at what's ahead (or "approaching") on the ATP Tour. Every Sunday he'll preview all the tournaments scheduled for the upcoming week.
One Masters Series event down; one to go. Just three days after Rafael Nadal captured the BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, the Sony Ericsson Open is set to begin in Miami on Wednesday. Not only is it another Masters Series tournament, but it also features another field of 96 players, making it-along with Indian Wells-the biggest event outside of the four Grand Slams.
28 of the Top 29 players in the world will be vying for the Miami crown. Only Nikolay Davydenko, the 2008 champion, is out due to injury. After Davydenko, the next player in the ATP rankings absent from the Sony Ericsson Open is No. 30 Mario Ancic.
Will top-ranked Nadal be able to handle a formidable cast of contenders for the second straight tournament? Is Roger Federer ready to win his first title of 2009? Does Andy Murray have what it takes to become the first three-time tournament champion of the season? Can Novak Djokovic regain the form he showed earlier this month when he emerged victorious in Dubai?
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