The Sony Ericsson Open - ATP World Tour Masters 1000
A Favourite Among Fans And Players
The 12-day Sony Ericsson Open boasts the participation of the world's top men's and women's players, and has become the place to be seen in Miami with a record 312,386 guests visiting the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in 2010. Players have selected it as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year six times, from 2002-06 and in '08.
Third Time Lucky?
Rafael Nadal, runner-up twice in 2005 (l. to Federer) and 2008 (l. to Davydenko), dropped to 22-7 lifetime at the event after falling to Andy Roddick in the 2010 semi-finals.
Roger In Title Hunt
Roger Federer, the Miami champion in 2005 (d. Nadal) and 2006 (d. Ljubicic), dropped to a 36-10 tournament record after he lost to Tomas Berdych in the fourth round last year.
The Giant Killer
Tomas Berdych started his rise up the South African Airways ATP Rankings in 2010 after he beat Federer, Verdasco and Soderling en route to his second ATP World Masters 1000 final.
Roddick Aiming For Title Defence
Andy Roddick won his fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to cap his best American hard-court swing since 2006 when he won his second Sony Ericsson Open title (also 2004) to lift the inaugural Butch Buchholz trophy. He has a 31-9 tournament record.