Singles draw has been made for the Miami Open presented by Itaú, the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in 2015, taking place at Crandon Park from March 25 to April 5.
World no.1 and four-time champion Novak Djokovic is a top seed and has a first round BYE. He will open his title defence against no.41-ranked Martin Klizan (SVK) who beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4. It will be their first career meeting.
The 27-year-old Belgrade native will play his second round match on Saturday, March 28, at 20.00 local time (Sunday at 01.00 CET).
Novak’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:
3rd round: Gilles Muller (LUX, 30)
4th round: Tommy Robredo (ESP, 16), Pablo Cuevas (URU, 19), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Quarter-finals: David Ferrer (ESP, 6), Gilles Simon (FRA, 12), Ivo Karlovic (CRO, 20)
Semi-finals: Kei Nishikori (JPN, 4), Milos Raonic (CAN, 5), Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, 9), John Isner (USA, 22)…
Finals: Rafael Nadal (ESP, 2), Andy Murray (GBR, 3), Stan Wawrinka (SUI, 7), Tomas Berdych (CZE,8)…
Last year, Novak beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the final 6-3, 6-3, becoming just the second player to win the Indian Wells-Miami title double for a second time.
Djokovic will be looking to add his fifth Miami crown to his collection of 21 Masters titles, following triumphs in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
The Serb, biding for his third title of the year, has a 30-5 event record in Miami, the site of his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 triumph.
Novak teamed up with fellow Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the doubles competition. They lost their first round match to the Swedish/Austrian duo of Robert Lindstedt and Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 7-10. It was Janko’s first match since October 2013.