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  • San Jose - Berdych closes action on Day 1

    2/8/10 8:25 PM | Kelli DeMario
    San Jose - Berdych closes action on Day 1 Tomas Berdych will square off against Wayne Odesnik in the final match of the evening at the SAP Open on Monday. The players vie to secure a spot in the round of 16.

    (5) Tomas Berdych vs. Wayne Odesnik

    Fifth seed Tomas Berdych is set for his second career meeting with Wayne Odesnik late Monday. The Czech defeated the American in their only previous encounter, posting a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 first-round win at the 2009 US Open.

    The 23rd-ranked Berdych, competing in his SAP Open debut, returns to the court for the first time since his second-round loss to Evgeny Korolev at the Australian Open. The 24-year-old holds a 4-3 mark in 2010, bolstered by a semifinal finish in Brisbane (lost to Roddick).

    Odesnik heads into San Jose having compiled a 3-2 record. The 24-year-old started the season with a run to the Brisbane quarterfinal (lost to Stepanek). Odesnik pocketed one victory in Melbourne before falling to fellow SAP Open entrant and sixth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

    The American, ranked No. 109 in the world, makes his second appearance at the SAP Open. Odesnik advanced to the 2008 round of 16 as a qualifier, where he crashed out to Yen-Hsun Lu.

    Leonardo Mayer vs. Ernests Gulbis

    Leonardo Mayer makes his SAP Open bow on Monday, aiming to snag his third victory of the season. The 22-year-old Argentine earned two match-wins in Sydney before losing to Julien Benneteau in three sets. The 76th-ranked Mayer will be looking to regroup after a disappointing 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 first-round Australian Open loss to Lukas Lacko.

    Monday afternoon’s contest marks the first career meeting between Mayer and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

    Gulbis returns for a second outing in San Jose, having advanced to the round of 16 in 2009 (lost to Roddick). The 21-year-old commences the week with a 2-2 record and is currently ranked 98th. Gulbis turned in a solid showing in Doha, where he booked a quarterfinal berth (lost to Federer). Like his first-round opponent, the Latvian hopes to recover after an opening-round defeat in Melbourne (lost to Monaco).



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