2/6/13 4:45 AM | Cheryl Murray
Nikolay Davydenko will headline the second round matches, while Viktor Troicki will finish up the last of the first-round matches.
Nikolay Davydenko (5) vs. Jarkko Nieminen
Russia's Nikolay Davydenko has a favorable record against Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. The Finn has a pair of wins over Davydenko, but they both came way back in 2003. Since that time, the Russian has won four straight matches, including one on clay last year in Hamburg.
Davydenko had an outstanding start to the year, with the No. 5 seed making the finals in Doha. His Australian Open didn't go as well, but he ran into Roger Federer in the second round, a player who he has beaten just two times in 20 tries.
Davydenko should be in good shape to get through this second round match. The indoor courts suit his game and he matches up well with Nieminen, whose results have been mediocre so far this year.
Viktor Troicki (7) vs. Lucas Pouille (WC)
Lucas Pouille is a young Frenchman, only 18 years old, ranked No. 405 in the world. He made an attempt to qualify for the Australian Open, but he was ousted by Belgian Ruben Bemelmans. He should pose little trouble for No. 7 seed Viktor Troikci, who comes into the tournament off a winning Davis Cup showing against the Belgians on the weekend.
Troicki hasn't had a great start to the 2013 season. The Serb has won just two matches so far this season in three tournaments, one of which came last weekend in Davis Cup. Still, with Pouille's lack of experience, Troicki should advance without much difficulty.
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