Miami | Murray leads British challenge

The men’s Miami Open Masters gets under way Wednesday with two former champions in action, namely Andy Murray and John Isner.

Murray, a two-time winner, meets Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, for the first time in his long and successful career while Isner, the 2018 champion, faces his American countryman, Emilio Nava, a wild card entry, in the evening session.

Also in action is Britain’s former No.1, Kyle Edmund, who is undergoing a long journey back from knee surgery. He takes on China’s Yibing Wu.

Bad news for British fans though is the withdrawal of Jack Draper from the draw, who hasn’t fully recovered from an abdominal muscle injury picked up in Indian Wells last week when he retired in the second set of his fourth- round match with Carlos Alcaraz.

Lajovic has yet to win a match on a hardcourt this season while the 35-year-old Murray is finding his best form for many years and, as expected, he succeeds, he will face the powerful serve-and-volleyer Maxime Cressy of the US, with the top seeded Alcaraz lurking as his possible third round opponent.

Both of Britain’s top two players are placed in the bottom half of the draw and as seeds received first round byes.

Cameron Norrie is the 11th seed while Dan Evans fills the 23rd spot and both await the winners of first round matches.

Jack Draper receives treatment at Indian Wells and is forced to withdraw from Miami

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