• Murray, Tsonga look to bounce back at Sony Open

    3/20/13 4:01 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Murray, Tsonga look to bounce back at Sony Open Both Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are coming off quarterfinal losses in Indian Wells. Only one can make it further in Miami, where they headline a deep and talented fourth section of the bracket.

    With the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray heads into the Sony Open as the No. 2 seed. Murray is looking for his second triumph in Miami, having previously prevailed in 2009.

    The third-ranked Scot fell to Juan Martin Del Potro in the Indian Wells quarterfinals, but he won't have to deal with the big-hitting Argentine so early at the second of the two back-to-back Masters 1000 events. Murray's 5-8 seed is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, arguably the second toughest of the bunch behind Del Potro (ahead of Richard Gasquet and Janko Tipsarevic).

    Murray likely awaits Bernard Tomic in his opener on Saturday and every one of his first three matches this fortnight could come against a dangerous up-and-comer. The 2012 U.S. Open champion is on course to face Grigor Dimitrov in a third-rounder that would be a rematch of January's Brisbane final. Paris runner-up Jerzy Janowicz is a potential fourth-round opponent for Murray.

    Tsonga's path does not appear to be as treacherous. The eighth-ranked Frenchman's nearest seed is Martin Klizan and the other two seeded players in his eighth of the draw are Marin Cilic and John Isner. Cilic has underwhelmed this season aside from another 250-point title at home in Zagreb and Isner has been mired in a massive slump ever since the start of the U.S. Open. The winner of an enticing opener between David Nalbandian and Jarkko Nieminen--probably the best matchup on paper of the entire first round--will have good chance of beating Klizan and facing Tsonga in the last 32.

    Other first-round matches to watch in this quarter involve two of the three American wild cards. Rhyne williams is going up against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia and Christian Harrison is also battling a South American, Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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