• Harrison, Young kick off Miami campaigns

    3/22/12 1:45 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Harrison, Young kick off Miami campaigns Up-and-coming Americans Ryan Harrison and Donald Young will contest their Miami openers on Thursday. They are set for respective meetings with Potito Starace and David Goffin.

    (WC) Ryan Harrison vs. Potito Starace

    Harrison heads to the Sony Ericsson Open looking to maintain momentum from another fourth-round showing in Indian Wells. The 19-year-old American benefited from Andy Murray's vacated section of the draw and successfully defended his points from a surprising 2011 run. Harrison boasts nine of his 28 career ATP match victories already this season, which also includes a semifinal finish in San Jose.

    Up first for Harrison is Miami is a first-ever encounter with Potito Starace on Thursday. Starace registers at No. 70 in the world, three spots ahead of Harrison. The 30-year-old Italian is just 3-8 for his 2012 campaign and has recorded only a single hard-court win. While Starace does his best work on clay, Harrison has always been at his best on American hard courts. Count on Harrison advancing in straight sets to meet Roger Federer.

    (Q) David Goffin vs. Donald Young

    Goffin and Young will also be squaring off for the first time in their careers when they do battle on Thursday evening. Last year in Miami, Young was coming off a third-round performance in Indian Wells--where he had stunned Murray. This time, however, the 22-year-old American is a mere 2-6 for the year and he lost his Indian Wells opener to Steve Darcis in a third-set tiebreaker.

    Like Young did in 2011, Goffin qualified for the main draw so he will be playing with confidence. The 21-year-old Belgian crushed Benoit Paire during final-round action on Tuesday. He comes in at No. 148 in the world having spent most of his career at the Challenger level. Goffin is 3-2 at the ATP level this season and 5-4 for his career (three of his five wins have come in Chennai). Based on a slight edge in current form, Goffin in three sets is the pick.

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I think Young would win in 2 or 3, Harrison to advance but in 3 (and keep the chance of 30+ year old meeting with Federer), I think Bagy may go to 3 with Mayer due to the h to h record but different surface it could be straight

MAGICJOHNSON76 , 3/22/12 8:35 AM

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