• Lopez, Brown seek SA Open quarterfinal spots

    2/3/10 2:00 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Lopez, Brown seek SA Open quarterfinal spots Feliciano Lopez will be featured during Wednesday's night session in Johannesburg against Blaz Kavcic. Jamaica's Dustin Brown is also looking for a place in the quarterfinals.

    (3) Feliciano Lopez vs. Blaz Kavcic

    Lopez and Kavcic will be meeting for the first time in their careers when they do battle in the second round of the SA Tennis Open on Wednesday. Both men scored three-set victories in round one; Kavcic ousted Thierry Ascione on Monday and Lopez overcame Benjamin Balleret a day later. Ranked 39th in the world and seeded third in Johannesburg, Lopez is a considerable favorite against Kavcic, a 22-year-old Slovenian ranked No. 117. Kavicic, however, is playing well; he successfully qualified for the Australian Open before falling to Wayne Odesnik. Look for him to test Lopez only to go down in two tight sets.

    Dustin Brown vs. Laurent Recouderc

    Brown, Jamaica's only ATP player, won his first career ATP level match on Tuesday, stunning fourth-seeded Marco Chiudinelli in three sets. He will now look for his first career ATP quarterfinal when he takes on Recouderc. The 25-year-old, who stands at 6'5'', struck 13 paces past Chiudinelli while Recouderc also needed three sets to dismiss Steve Darcis in his Johannesburg opener. Recouderc, a 25-year-old Frenchman, is ranked two spots ahead of Brown at No. 139 in the world. As long as Brown is not mentally satisfied with winning just one match this week, his serve should be the difference in a competitive match.

    (5) Rajeev Ram vs. Bjorn Phau

    A contrast in styles will be on display when Ram and Phau go head-to-head for the first time in their careers on Wednesday afternoon. Ram stands at 6'4'' and owns a big serve, while Phau is 5'9'' and is generally considered to be one of the fastest players in tennis. If the 30-year-old German can get a read on his opponent's serve and hit his way into baseline rallies, he has a good shot of upsetting the No. 5 seed. Ram, meanwhile, has been in a dismal slump since last summer even though he still registers at 83rd in the world. Phau in a tight three-setter is the pick.

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