Murray in Djokovic's quarter

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 17 2014, 18:26 GMT

Andy Murray has been placed on course for a quarter-final meeting with Novak Djokovic in Miami.

Andy Murray could meet Novak Djokovic in the last eight in Miami
Andy Murray could meet Novak Djokovic in the last eight in Miami

The defending champion came out in the same quarter as Indian Wells winner Djokovic when the draw for the Sony Open was made in Florida on Monday.

Murray, who will open his title defence with a match against either Australia's Matt Ebden or Pole Lukasz Kubot, will meet second seed Djokovic in the last eight if both progress that far.

The British number one is seeded to face Feliciano Lopez and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before then.

Djokovic, who opens against Jeremy Chardy or Juan Monaco, could have to beat the in-form Ernests Gulbis to get that far.

Murray is currently paying the price for his injury-enforced absence from the tour last autumn. During that time his ranking slipped - he is currently sixth in the ATP list - meaning he runs the risk of facing the likes of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of these big Masters 1000 tournaments.

If Murray does progress to the semis, Roger Federer could lie in wait there as the Swiss, a runner-up to Djokovic in Indian Wells, is also in the bottom half of the draw. Federer, who will open against Ivo Karlovic or a qualifier, is seeded to meet last year's runner-up David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

In the top half, world number one Nadal heads the draw and he will be looking to bounce back from his shock third-round defeat to Alexandr Dolgopolov in Indian Wells.

Nadal faces Lleyton Hewitt or Robin Haase first up and is seeded to meet Juan Martin Del Potro in the last eight.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka is a possible semi-final foe for Nadal. Wawrinka is in the same quarter as seventh seed Tomas Berdych.

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