Wild card Andy Murray to play in-form Lloyd Harris within the first spherical of the Miami Open this week; South African Harris was runner-up at Aslan Karatsev on the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championships on the weekend
Final Up to date: 22/03/21 7:24pm
Greg Rusedski says “you may by no means low cost nice champions” as Andy Murray continues his newest comeback on the Miami Open following extra harm issues final yr and a bout of coronavirus that dominated him out of the Australian Open.
The previous world No 1, who not too long ago celebrated the delivery of his fourth youngster, reached a remaining at second-tier Challenger stage in his first event again earlier than falling within the first spherical of the ATP occasion in Montpellier and the second spherical in Rotterdam.
Murray, the champion in Miami in 2009 and 2013, was by no means pleased with the extent of tennis he produced and nonetheless has aspirations of profitable the most important tournaments.
Rusedski mentioned: “Andy is essentially the most aggressive man you will ever see in your life. You do not win three majors and get to primary and every part he is completed with out that large perception and large drive.
“Miami’s one among his favorite locations to play. If he will get an excellent draw, there’s an actual risk of him having an excellent run. For me, the query mark is at all times his motion to his forehand facet.
“You’ll be able to by no means low cost nice champions and it will be nice to see him taking part in nicely once more. You shoot for the celebrities and perhaps you get to the moon.”
Murray was awarded a wild card for the event in Miami, which begins on 24 March.
He has not competed in Miami since 2016, present process hip surgical procedures in 2018 and 2019.
Harris, 24, had climbed 29 locations from No 81 to No 52 within the rankings after reaching his maiden ATP 500 remaining.
The winner of the match between Murray and Harris will play Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut within the second spherical.
British No 1 Dan Evans obtained a bye into the second spherical the place he’ll play the winner of the match between, Frances Tiafoe and Stefano Travaglia, whereas Cameron Norrie faces Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka within the first spherical, with wildcard Jack Draper up towards Mikhail Kukushkin.
Within the girls’s draw, reigning champion and world No 1 Ashleigh Barty returns to motion, with Australian Open champion and world No 2 Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, and Bianca Andreescu collaborating in a robust discipline for the occasion.
The highest 32 seeds have obtained a bye, together with British No 1 Johanna Konta, however Katie Boulter takes on Kristyna Pliskova and Harriet Dart faces Zhu Lin within the first spherical.