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Spotlight Miami: The Sony Ericsson Open Has Arrived

The Sony Ericsson Open singles draws for the women and men have been released.  There are a bevy of potential semifinal match-ups to salivate over.

On the ATP side, Rafael Nadal, the world number one may battle 2009 finalist Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

With Roger Federer dropping to the number three in the rankings, the Swiss could clash with Nadal in the semifinals.  Moreover, Federer may contend with defending champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.

If the draw plays out according to the seeding, in the bottom half, David Ferrer and Robin Soderling will be slated to meet in the quarterfinals.  However, Juan Martin Del Potro could spoil that face-off.

Also located in the bottom section is the hottest player on tour, world number two Novak Djokovic. The Serb could have a rematch of this year’s Australian Open final in the quarterfinals with Andy Murray.

Whether it’s Del Potro, Ferrer or Soderling in the semifinals, at this stage, Djokovic seems ready to mow over all comers.

Turning to the ladies, Caroline Wozniacki is perhaps hoping to see Na Li in the semifinals in order to avenge her Australian Open loss.

For defending champion Kim Clijsters, it’s all about her shoulder.  In the past, Clijsters has easily taken care of Victoria Azarenka and could collide with her in the quarterfinals.

Francesca Schiavone and Vera Zvonareva are possible semifinal opponents for Clijsters.  Since her rejoining the tour, Clijsters has yet to play Schiavone.  However, Clijsters has a perfect 11-0 record against the Italian.

Clijsters has encountered Zvonareva five times since coming back with the Russian prevailing on three occasions. Overall though, Clijsters has a 7-3 edge in their head to head.

For Clijsters repeating will be completely dependent on how well she has recuperated from her shoulder injury.

Main draw action begins on Tuesday March 22.  A a complete view of the male and female draws is available by clicking here.

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