The 2019 Miami Open has reached the quarter-finals stage and only three of the top-10 seeds have survived this far. Gone are the top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem, leaving Roger Federer (who still needs to play his last-16 match) as the highest-ranked player left in the tournament.
That leaves us with three interesting quarter-final match-ups to concentrate on, which are Bautista-Agut vs Isner, Auger-Aliassime vs Coric, and Shapovalov vs Tiafoe.
Check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for the Miami Open Quarter-Finals.
Robert Bautista-Agut vs John Isner
Bautista-Agut was as big as 4/1 to beat Novak Djokovic in the last round, but it was the Spaniard’s third consecutive win over the top-seed. That win has earned him a quarter-final match against last year’s Miami Open winner and American fan-favourite John Isner.
The two players have played each other three times before (all on outdoor hardcourts) and, whilst the score stands at 2-1 to Isner, it was Bautista-Agut that won their last match in Auckland in 2016.
The bookies are struggling to split the pair in the outright betting but, If Bautista-Agut hadn’t had a hard match against the top-seed, he’d look decent odds. However, he did have, and Isner’s serve is also always a potent weapon and potential match-winner. What is interesting is all three of their previous matches have gone to the deciding set. That makes odds-against for the match to go to three sets look a value bet.
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Borna Coric
A match-up between two of the future stars of the game, with the exciting 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime looking to go one step further than he did in Sao Paulo three weeks ago. However, having had to qualify, the youngster has already played six matches, taking the impressive scalps of Fucsovics, Hurkacz, and Basilashvili in the last three rounds.
That hectic schedule and a step up in class against the more experienced (yet still only 22-year-old) Coric may just be a step too far for the youngster, with Coric expected to have too much savvy for his younger opponent on this occasion.
The odds for a Coric win are also appealing at around 4/5, which looks a big-price for a number eleven seed taking on a qualifier, even if it’s one with the potential of Auger-Aliassime.
Denis Shapovalov vs Frances Tiafoe
Another NextGen match-up with Shapovalov aged just 19 and Tiafoe 21. Tiafoe has enjoyed a relatively easy run to the final so far, with veteran David Ferrer probably tired after beating Alexander Zverev, whilst David Goffin has not been at his best so far this season.
Meanwhile, Shapovalov will be looking to complete an impressive Nextgen hat-trick after already knocking out Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The score currently stands at 1-1 in head-to-heads, with both of their previous matches taking place in 2018. Tiafoe won the first of those in straight sets, whilst Shapovalov shaded a tight three-setter to win the second one.
Shapovalov is the higher-ranked player of the two, but he’s not yet accustomed to making it to the latter stages of big tournaments. That’s not the case with Tiafoe, who has already won at Delray Beach in 2018, and impressed in beating Dimitrov and Anderson on his way to reaching this year’s Australian Open Quarter-Finals.
That means some bookies may, hopefully, have got it wrong by offering 6/4 about a Tiafoe victory and he certainly looks to represent decent value.