• Ferrer, Blake and Nalbandian in round one action on Tuesday

    8/30/11 4:25 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Ferrer, Blake and Nalbandian in round one action on Tuesday David Ferrer, James Blake and David Nalbandian will take the court on the jammed packed day 2 of the US Open.

    David Ferrer (5) vs. Igor Andreev

    The head-to-head statistics are a bit surprising for David Ferrer of Spain and Russia’s Igor Andreev. World No. 78 Andreev has take 4 matches of 8 from No. 5 seed Ferrer. Still straight statistics don’t tell the full story. Andreev’s last win came in 2007 on the hard courts of New Haven. Since then Ferrer has won 3 straight matches.

    The upside for Andreev is that Ferrer may not be at 100% yet. The Spaniard suffered a wrist fracture and only just made it back for the Cincinnati tournament. Even if he’s fully fit, there is still the matter of rust to contend with for the world No. 5. Still, Andreev hasn’t been on form in quite a while. Ferrer should win this one.

    James Blake vs. Jesse Huta Galung

    American James Blake has enjoyed a renaissance this summer. The American has seen his ranking jump from 163 in the world this April to a solid No. 63 due completely to his improved form on hard courts. Blake had good third round showings in Washington and Cincinnati. But more importantly, his level of play was better than it’s been for at least a year.

    Blake, undoubtedly with the full support of the New York crowd, will take on Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung, ranked 160 in the world. Galung has spent the summer playing the clay Challenger circuit. He hasn’t had a single hardcourt match coming into Flushing Meadows. Blake in straight sets.

    David Nalbandian vs. Bobby Reynolds

    American veteran Bobby Reynolds has not yet won an ATP level match in 2011. The world No. 118 keeps his ranking up playing almost exclusively on the Challenger circuit.

    Reynolds will be facing an out-of-form David Nalbandian. The Argentine has only won 1 hard court match this summer, against Kei Nishikori in Cincinnati. Nalbandian has looked out-of-sorts since his third round run at Wimbledon, where he lost to Roger Federer.

    Despite his struggles, Nalbandian should have enough to get past Reynolds.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
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