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  • Raonic goes for three-peat in San Jose

    2/11/13 5:38 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Raonic goes for three-peat in San Jose Milos Raonic has won consecutive titles in San Jose. Standing in his way of a third one this week is a strong contingent that includes John Isner, Sam Querrey, Tommy Haas, and Fernando Verdasco.


    The American hard-court swing--winter and spring version as opposed to summer--begins this week with the final installment of the SAP Open. Next year the event is relocating from San Jose to Memphis, which in turn is selling its rights to Rio de Janeiro.

    Milos Raonic has a chance to win each of the last three editions. He upset Fernando Verdasco for the title in 2011 before beating Denis Istomin in last season's final. In fact, Raonic has never lost a single set in San Jose. He is 8-0 in matches, 16-0 in sets, and 8-0 in tiebreakers.

    A rematch with Istomin could be in the cards for the quarterfinals, which should not present too much of problem for the top-seeded Canadian. Raonic has friendly draw in the top quarter, but he drew No. 3 seed Sam Querrey as his potential semifinal opponent instead of No. 4 Tommy Haas. Based on current form, Querrey is the more difficult opponent. Of course, the 6'6'' American may not even make it that far because his opener could come against Lleyton Hewitt.

    At the bottom of the bracket, John Isner is looking to end a huge slump that only seems to be getting worse with time. Isner has won a mere five matches since Winston-Salem last summer and just three since the U.S. Open. His lone victory in 2013--compared with two losses--came at the expense of unheralded Brazilian Thiago Alves during Davis Cup play. Isner does, however, have the draw to get back on track. His nearest seed in the weakest quarter is No. 8 Xavier Malisse.

    An intriguing third section could pit Haas against Fernando Verdasco in a quarterfinal showdown. Verdasco, who awaits a qualifier in round one, could potentially run into the winner of a big-hitting affair between Ivo Karlovic and Steve Johnson.

    In addition to Johnson, unseeded Americans in the field include Michael Russell, Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, and Bradley Klahn.

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Glad to see a lot of americans in the draw...who is Bradley Klahn?

scoot , 2/12/13 1:06 AM


went to Stanford and won the NCAAs in 2010

beat Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the US Open

RickyDimon , 2/12/13 1:54 AM



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