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David Ferrer, the 2013 finalist, will be making his 17th and final appearance at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

Ferrer, Querrey Square Off In Miami Opener; View Thursday Schedule

40-year-old Karlovic, 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime also in first-round action

Sixteen years ago, Spaniard David Ferrer made his debut at the Miami Open presented by Itau. On Thursday night at the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament, the 36-year-old Spaniard will begin his final tournament appearance against American Sam Querrey in the night session. Ferrer has a 32-16 tournament record, highlighted by a runner-up finish to Andy Murray in 2013. 

There are a whopping 26 first-round singles matches on Thursday’s schedule, following a rain-hit start to the ATP Masters 1000 tournament at the Hard Rock Stadium. Four Americans aged 23 and under — Taylor Fritz (21), Reilly Opelka (21), Christopher Eubanks (22) and Mackenzie McDonald (23) — are in action.

Wild card Eubanks, a former All-American at Georgia Tech University, takes on Damir Dzumhur for the first time in the opening men's match on Stadium court. Fritz, who reached a career-high No. 40 in the ATP Rankings on 28 January, plays German Maximilian Marterer in the third match on Court 1, while last month’s New York Open titlist Opelka meets German Jan-Lennard Struff in the fifth match on Court 1. World No. 60 McDonald, a former NCAA singles and doubles champion at UCLA, plays #NextGenATP Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the last match on Court 8. Last month, McDonald beat World No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro en route to his first ATP Tour semi-final in Delray Beach.

Other highlights on Thursday include #NextGenATP qualifiers Felix Auger-Aliassime,18, of Canada and Casper Ruud, 20, of Norway facing off in the third match on Court 2. Both are in this week’s Top 8 ATP Race to Milan standings for the Next Gen ATP Finals in November. Elsewhere, in the final match on Court 6, big-serving Ivo Karlovic, who turned 40 on 28 February, meets Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Karlovic is the first 40-year-old in the Miami Open singles draw since Jimmy Connors in 1993.

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VIEW ORDER OF PLAY - THURSDAY, 21 MARCH 2019

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA match
[WC] Christopher Eubanks (USA) vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA match 
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA match 
Not Before 9:00 pm
Sam Querrey (USA) vs [WC] David Ferrer (ESP) 

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs [Q] Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA match
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Benoit Paire (FRA) 
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA match 
Not Before 7:00 pm
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs [WC] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs Jordan Thompson (AUS) 
WTA match
Maximilian Marterer (GER) vs Taylor Fritz (USA) 
Joao Sousa (POR) vs [WC] Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE) 
[Q] Reilly Opelka (USA) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 
WTA match

BUTCH BUCHHOLZ start 11:00 am
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs [Q] Mikael Ymer (SWE) 
Not Before 12:30 pm
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 46 30
4 WTA matches

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
Robin Haase (NED) vs [Q] Lukas Lacko (SVK) 
2 WTA matches
[Q] Radu Albot (MDA) vs Matthew Ebden (AUS) 
WTA match
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 
Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 

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COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA match
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) vs [Q] Pablo Cuevas (URU)
2 WTA matches
[LL] Daniel Evans (GBR) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN)
WTA match
[LL] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) vs Ugo Humbert (FRA) 

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
5 WTA matches
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA match
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs [Q] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 
[Q] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) vs [Q] Casper Ruud (NOR) 
Jaume Munar (ESP) vs [Q] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 00
[Q] Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs Taro Daniel (JPN) 
Alexander Zverev (GER) / Mischa Zverev (GER) vs Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 
WTA match

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Daniil Medvedev (RUS) vs Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 
Steve Johnson (USA) / Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs [7] Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Nikola Mektic (CRO) 
Not Before 1:00 pm
Marius Copil (ROU) vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 

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