David Ferrer faces fast-rising Aussie teenager Bernard Tomic in a fascinating second round clash at the Miami Masters.
Tomic performed brilliantly in Australia at the start of the year, soaring to 36 in the rankings and looking every inch like a man on course for the top ten. After numerous wins over players in the top 20, suddenly Tomic was showing the potential of a man who may well go on to reach the top of the rankings in the future but his progress has stalled over the past six weeks.
Tomic has struggled to reproduce the spectacular results when competing away from the spotlight. He lost first round in Memphis, suffered a pretty one-sided loss to John Isner in the Delray Beach quarters and bombed out at the opening hurdle in Indian Wells to Gilles Muller.
However he battled hard to overcome Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(4), 6-3 in the opening round this week and the opportunity of competing against the world number five may bring the best out of him.
Ferrer had a brilliant start to 2012, winning three titles but he bombed out early in Indian Wells to Denis Istomin which should give Tomic encouragement. However in their only previous encounter, Ferrer won pretty easily 6-3, 6-4 in Kuala Lumpur at the end of 2010.