• Malisse, Blake and Andujar in first day Miami action

    3/21/12 4:35 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Malisse, Blake and Andujar in first day Miami action Xavier Malisse, James Blake and Pablo Andujar will take the court on Wednesday as the Miami Masters gets underway in Key Biscayne, Florida.

    Xavier Malisse vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Q)

    Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse will take on French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin, ranked 89 in the world, in first round action in Miami. Malisse, whose ranking plummeted 16 spots last week to No. 75 in the world, has been having a rough year. The Belgian has performed better on the doubles circuit than he has in singles. He’s failed to win more than a match at a time all year.

    As luck would have it, Malisse went out to Roger-Vasselin in the first round of the Australian Open in January, though the Beligian retired with an injury. Given Malisse’s form, a Roger-Vasselin win wouldn’t be a complete surprise. The Frenchman came up through qualifying, so he already has matches under his belt.

    James Blake vs. Nikolay Davydenko

    This is an interesting match-up. Russia’s Nikolay Davydenk, who sits at No. 40 in the world, has never gotten a win over James Blake. The two veterans have met 7 times over their careers, but their most recent meeting came back in 2009, when both men were playing better.

    Blake, ranked 69 in the world hasn’t won a match in 2012 yet. The American played just one tournament prior to Miami, losing in the first round in Memphis to Ryan Sweeting. This could well be Davydenko’s chance to score a win over the American. Davydenko in straight sets.

    Pablo Andujar vs. Santiago Giraldo

    This will be the clash of two clay-courters. Pablo Andujar of Spain has been playing the tennis of his life. He sits at a career high 38 in the world, and he’s enjoying good enough form that he was able to take a set from Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells last week. He’ll take on Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo, who has had some decent results in 2012 in his own right.

    Giraldo made the third round in Indian Wells last week and he had a decent run during the South American clay court swing. The Colombian is ranked 57 in the world.

    Prediction – Andujar in straight sets.

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I think Giraldo will win the match- not Andujar it could go to 3 if Andujar wins first set; sure Malisse will lose and Davydenko to win most likely in straight but if he loses first set he will win in 3; I boldly predict Baghdatis to shock Djoker first round for a consecutive loss to Novak i.e one of the big 4 to go out similar to Miami; I feel Nadal will lose to Murray making it a Roger Murray final; I feel last 4 will be Federer, Nadal, Murray and Ferrer (as Ferrer has won 3 tournaments similar to Federer and never beaten him as yet); Ferrer to beat Baghdatis after he has a good run; Nalbandian to have a good run till he loses to Murray; I also think if Gonzalez has a good run after a win against Mahut he will beat Berdych before he loses to Nalbandian

MAGICJOHNSON76 , 3/21/12 12:04 PM

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