• Cilic returns to action, Roddick faces Petzschner

    2/28/12 6:53 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Cilic returns to action, Roddick faces Petzschner Marin Cilic will play his first match of the year on Tuesday in Delray Beach. Andy Roddick and Philipp Petzschner are also in action.

    Jarkko Nieminen vs. (2) Marin Cilic

    Cilic will be making his 2012 debut when he takes the court on Tuesday afternoon in round one of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. The 6'6'' Croat has been plagued by a knee injury and missed the first two months of the season, a time of year when he is almost always at his best. Cilic finds himself down at No. 21 in the world, still good enough for the No. 2 seed this week.

    Up first for Cilic is a second career meeting with Nieminen. Their only previous encounter came four years ago at Wimbledon, where Cilic won a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-5 thriller. Nieminen, though, is in stellar form at the moment. The 30-year-old Finn owns a 10-5 record for the season, which includes a title in Sydney. Based mostly on Cilic's inevitable rust, Nieminen in straight sets is the pick.

    (4) Andy Roddick vs. Philipp Petzschner

    Roddick's injury-plague 2012 campaign will continue on Tuesday night in Delray Beach. The 29-year-old American has been dealing with an ankle injury that hampered him in Australia, San Jose, and Memphis. Roddick, down at No. 30 in the world, was the defending champion in Memphis but lost to an out-of-form Xavier Malisse in the opening round.

    This is the first career matchup between Roddick and Petzschner, and neither man is in good form for it. Petzschner is just 3-6 this season and he is coming off a second-round loss in Memphis to Lukasz Kubot. The 61st-ranked German definitely has shot at an upset, but Roddick should get the job done in three sets if he is close to 100 percent.

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lucky, I know you've got a soft spot for Cilic and I have too. Did you see the match and if yes, what was he like?
I saw Dolpot/Dolgo and that was so frustrating, Dolgo couldn't string two points together, beginning to look more and more like old Ernie! He knew exactly how to beat Delpot but just couldn't execute it.

deuce , 2/29/12 9:49 AM

No, deuce, I didn't watch Cilic's match. I don't expect much from him as he's just back from injury and Nieminen was playing well lately. I just hope Cilic won't get injured again and pace himself nicely. I've already had Rafa and his injuries to worry about, I don't wish to have another of my favorite player suffering with injuries too.

While watching Dolgo vs Delpo, I was thinking about Gulbis too. These two guys, Dolgo and Gulbis, have all the talent and yet so little achievements. At least Safin had two slams and some masters titles to justify his talent, though not fully; these two guys at age 23 has each won only one 250 event title. Cilic has at least won more titles than the two combined!

luckystar , 2/29/12 11:34 AM

For a first match back that was very encouraging, really, from Cilic; even though he didn't win.
Seems a little unfair to compare Aleks with Ernie, though. Gulbis is a classic underacheiver but Dolgo has health issues that he is always managing; he seems to be working hard . His problem flared up when he was in Australia and still seem to be bothering him atm.
This is just from wiki:

Dolgopolov suffers from a hereditary disorder known as Gilbert's Syndrome, which affects his liver, blood and often causes fatigue. His condition worsens when he has to cross continents in extensive travel, requiring intravenous drug treatments and monitored diets to get himself back on track.

smr , 2/29/12 3:44 PM

Gulbis has 2 titles, not 1

and yes, never compare Dolgopolov to Gulbis

RickyDimon , 2/29/12 4:05 PM

To me both play reckless tennis. If they can be a little more patient, do a bit more thinking on the tennis court, they can achieve more than what they have achieved now.

luckystar , 2/29/12 4:48 PM

As far as wild shot making goes, yes I think you can. Of course Dolgo has achieved much more.
smr: I knew that but I don't quite see why a disorder would effect consecutive shots within a match. Of course it would effect overall ranking.

deuce , 2/29/12 5:54 PM

deuce, I mention the illness because he hasn't really done anything since he lost at AO. He has been apologizing for his poor performance on twitter saying he will get better. I'm assuming he's still not well.
I still don't find him anything like Gulbis, though :)

smr , 2/29/12 7:54 PM

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