If it’s great showmanship on the tennis court you’re looking for, then you can do no worse than to tune in to the Sony Open Tennis action (live on TV’s The Tennis Channel, 11:00am – 11:00pm) on Sunday. Sunday is the start of the third round for the top half of the draw, who have their sights set on advancing to the Round of 16. The more promising matches feature Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and James Blake.
Sunday features a first-time meeting between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and India’s Somdev Devvarman. Devvarman, is currently ranked No. 254 (with a career-high ranking of No. 62). He is hoping for his first career win over a Top 10 opponent. The last time Djokovic lost to player ranked outside the Top 100 was in 2010 at Belgrade, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Filip Krajinovic (No. 319). Djokovic, a three-time champion at the Sony Open, has never lost in the third round here. In fact, every time he made it past the second round he has made it all the way to the final.
In another potentially exciting match, Spain’s Albert Ramos will attempt to even up the score with American wild card James Blake. Ramos previously lost to Blake in Winston-Salem in straight sets last August. Ramos has never advanced past the third round of an ATP Masters tournament. Last year, however, he did reach the third round at Indian Wells (losing to Pablo Andujar) and Miami (losing to Richard Gasquet). Former world No. 4 Blake is playing in Miami for the 12th consecutive year and is a two-time quarter-finalist (losing to Nadal in 2006 and losing to Federer in 2008).
If you can’t make it to Miami, or if you’re not near a TV and still want to connect with the action on the courts, you can always visit the Sony Open Tennis website (click here)… or you can follow it all on the new SAP app created just for the tournament…