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The 2023 Miami Open has finally arrived, and what a lineup this event has in store this year! Besides the notable absences of Nadal and Djokovic, all of the biggest names in the men’s game are there. This includes top names such as Tsitsipas, Alcaraz, Ruud, Medvedev, Zverev, Fritz, and plenty of others. Yet while Carlos Alcaraz is the favourite to defend his title following success in Indian Wells, there is no guarantee that this will materialize. And because of that, I’d like to highlight a few underdogs for the tournament who could raise a few eyebrows.
Now, the guys I’m about to mention might not be title contenders, but they are certainly capable of a deep-draw run, which includes the ability to take out a few seeds as well. With that said, if they really did strike top form during the Miami Open, they could well go beyond what many fans would think possible. Anyway, while this is all well and good, I think it’s time to start discussing these underdogs and why I believe you should keep an eye out for them.
So, ready to learn about some formidable underdogs ahead of the 2023 Miami Open? Let me give you a run-through right now.
Miami Open 2023 Underdogs – Three Guys Who Are Sliding Under the Radar
Before I discuss the three players who you should watch in this event, I should clarify that they are all involved in the main draw. Additionally, none of these guys are seeded, meaning that they are all starting the Miami Open at the round one stage. This makes it all the more exciting to follow their matches and see what they can produce, in my opinion.
So without further ado, let me give you the three underdogs to look out for while justifying why:
Jason Kubler is a former world number one junior, and his general approach to these major competitions makes him a threat. He is always super relaxed, which enables him to keep composed in the big moments too. Furthermore, Kubler produced a couple of big wins at Indian Wells before losing to Frances Tiafoe in the third round. So for me, he’s one to watch for sure, and he will face Monteiro in the opening round.
If I had to pick one guy from this list, I’d probably take Fucsovics as the underdog with the most potential in Miami. This guy started to show the kind of tennis last week that made him a top 35 player back in 2019. After beating players like JJ Wolf, De Minaur, as well as Molcan, before losing to Fritz in a close match, it’s obvious Fucsovics is finding form once more. And he has a very dangerous game to top things off – certainly worth watching him against Cachin in the opening round.
Lehecka might not have had a stunning tournament in Indian Wells, but he had a pretty tough draw – losing to Rublev in the second round. But for me, he’s a young guy with plenty to offer, and he made the quarter-finals at the 2023 Australian Open. This shows that he’s the real deal, and for those who are interested, Lehecka will play Coria in the first round.