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Miami 1000 — Sony Open

Looks like Nadal's withdrawn from Miami, so won't be on court again until the clay courts in Europe. Looks like he's mounting a comeback against delPo now... Was down a set and a break, now up a break in the 2nd set... Looks like we'll see a 3rd!

By the way, Nadal's withdrawal means Milos will be seeded in the top 16 for Miami, as Daniel noted in a comment on the previous post... Draw still to come, and this should mean his path to the quarters is a little less painful!

From Daniel:

Rafael Nadal has "Withdrawn" from Miami as expected.

So the Seeds are:

# 1 Nole # 2 Muzza # 3 Ferrer # 4 Berdych # 5 Delpo # 6 Tsonga # 7 Tipsarevic # 8 Gasquet

Milos will be seeded # 14

UPDATE - March 18:   [From Daniel]

Milos got a pretty decent Draw in Miami:

1st Round BYE 2nd Round Winner of two Qualifiers 3rd Round Possible Winner of Querrey/Kubot Match Round of 16: Tomas Berdych

Reaching his Round of 16 Match should be doable. He did beat Berdych in Cincy last year. [...and if he gets past Berdych, it's Gasquet or Almagro, probably, in QF.]

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Update! (23 Mar, 1pm Eastern)

Looks like the Gasquet match is over on time, so the Radwanska match should start on time at 1pm Eastern on the Grandstand court. After this we have the Isner match, so we're probably going to see Milos at 4pm, 3:30pm Eastern at the earliest... Let's hope there's no rain or power outages in the mean time.

Coverage: There is a video feed from the Grandstand court today (yesterday there was not). This doesn't mean that this will be the feed SportsNet will show, but they should have the option. The Murray/Tomic match might still be on the Main Court, or the Venus Williams match might have started, so they could be showing that...

Update again: Aggy's match just got over, so Isner match just starting as we wait for Milos on Grandstand. Maybe 5:30pm EDT before it starts?

** FLASH **   Watch the match now [6:30pm Eastern] on  >>  <<   Thanks Sportsnet!

Update: Milos wins rather easily, 6-2, 6-4. A relaxed and confident Milos is set to take on Sam Querrey in 3rd Rnd!

UPDATE - March 24:

Milos is scheduled to play Sam Querrey on Grandstand tomorrow, Monday, March 25th, not before 5pm EDT (after Berdych v Falla). There are 4 matches before that match, which begin at 11am, so it may be a little later. Hopefully Sportsnet ONE will carry the match.

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Indian Wells 1000 — BNP Paribas Open

Draw:  << Milos, seeded 17th, has a bye in the first round; in the second round he will meet the winner of M. Llodra v a Qualifier. A win in that match will take Milos to a third-round meeting with M. Cilic (12th seed) (or possibly H. Zeballos or A. Ramos). If successful vs Cilic, Milos' fourth-round opponent will likely be 8th seed JW. Tsonga. Last year Milos came in seeded 27th, won his second-round match in straight sets, then met Roger Federer in the third round. Milos won the first set, but Roger won the match, then went on to win the tournament, having dropped a total of only two sets. I think it's fair to say that Milos stands a better chance this year of making it to the fourth round (R16); and he could have done worse than Tsonga there as a potential opponent.  If Milos plays Roger this year it will be at the Final. Meanwhile, congratulations to our other Canadians who made it Canadian Bagel Day in round one of the Quallies: Vasek, Frank and Jesse all won their matches, all three with a 6-0 set. >>  <<  Not so perfect in second round: Vasek through to main draw 61 62, but tough losses for Frank (36 76) and Jesse (26 57). Milos is teaming up with Feliciano Lopez for doubles; they play 3rd seed Daniel Nestor & Mahesh Bhupathi in round one.

TV coverage in Canada from Indian Wells will be on Sportsnet ONE, starting Saturday, March 9 from 11am to 9pm Pacific Time; see:   <<

UPDATE (March 9) -- Milos & Lopez have just pulled off a straight-sets upset 64 76(4) over 3-seed doubles team Bhupati & Nestor [Sorry, Daniel.]  In round 2 they will play M. Fish & J. Blake (unseeded). Meanwhile, Michael Llodra has withdrawn (hip) giving Milos a walkover to singles round 3, where he will meet A. Ramos or M. Cilic. The down-side is less match play, in preparation for what will be a tough round 3 match; hopefully the extra doubles match will make up for that.   [Llodra: ]

UPDATE (March 10) -- Milos & Fely vs Fish & Blake 3rd up on Court 7 Monday, March 11; Milos vs Marin Cilic Tuesday, March 12.

UPDATE (March 11) -- Milos Raonic and Feliciano Lopez lost to home-country favourites tonight in 2nd rnd of doubles, Blake and Fish, in straights 6-3, 6-3.  Milos is up tomorrow versus Marin Cilic at 2PM Eastern (EDT).  They are the first match on Stadium 3 court, which starts at 11AM local time.  Milos has yet to play a singles match in the tournament; his first and seconds rounds were a bye and a walkover, respectively.  Looks like Sportsnet ONE's coverage doesn't start until 4PM EDT, so hopefully they run in tape-delay of a couple of hours or they change their schedule!  You can always just google "watch live tennis" and watch it that way, if that's your only option...  Sportsnet's schedule: < >

UPDATE (March 12) -- Milos has come out ahead of Cilic, as predicted (see comments below!). Milos dropped the first set and came back to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. We will have a Raonic / Tsonga 4th round match-up to come, sched TBD. AP article from CBC: <  >

UPDATE (March 13) -- Milos Raonic will take on Jo-Willy Tsonga on Stadiun Court 2 after a doubles match which begins at 11 AM local time. This should put them on court around 4PM Eastern (EDT). This should be a great match, and would set us up for an awesome QF versus Nolé should Milos win... Go Milos!

UPDATE (March 13, again) -- Another missed opportunity! An early break, dominant play, and Milos is up a set. Continued strong play, serving to make it 6-6, for a tie-break which he would probably win, one loose game and Tsonga is off the hook, has taken the second set 7-5. Third set, not playing as well but hanging in, heading for another tiebreak, another loose set, with DF on match point, and it's all over: Tsonga d. Raonic 46 75 64.

Another update: here's a youtube vid of ATP's "Hot Shot" from the match.

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