Predicted Winners in BOLD
Nishikori’s win was not a total shock, but it does send Roger into the clay court season only picking up 216 points in Miami rather than the 360 or more he would have added had he reached the semifinal round. That could be important for Wimbledon and French Open seeding.
Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Milos Raonic (12) – Milos has a puncher’s chance. He is likely to play better than he did vs. Nadal last year at Masters Series Canada as he won’t be in the final round and won’t be carrying the hopes of his nation on his shoulders. Milos has seen Dimitrov and Dolgopolov have nice starts to 2014. A win here would obviously give him a huge boost. Also, he seems to like the Miami surface. Still, Rafa is the favorite in this match. I think Rafa wins in 2 sets, but one set will be a tie-break.
Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (22) – If Dolgopolov can use enough variety to throw off the sometimes predictable Berdych, he can win. I think Berdych’s first strike capability on his serve and return will allow him to bully his smaller opponent.