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  • Tsonga, Isner and Nishikori take the court in Miami

    3/23/12 2:57 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Tsonga, Isner and Nishikori take the court in Miami Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, American John Isner and Kei Nishikori will take to the court in a busy round 2 day at the Miami Masters.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) vs. Xavier Malisse

    Xavier Malisse of Belgium actually has a fairly recent win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The two men met twice in 2011, first in the second round of Indian Wells, which Malisse won, and against in Vienna, which Tsonga took.

    Tsonga should have success this time around. The low-bouncing courts in Miami suit the Frenchman’s game. Malisse’s game is actually similar to Tsonga’s but without the consistency that has allowed the world No. 6 to get into the top 10.

    Prediction – Tsonga in straight sets.

    John Isner (10) vs. Nikolay Davydenko

    American John Isner is quickly closing in on being the top-ranked US Player. The world No. 10 is two spots off Mardy Fish’s spot at No. 8. He just had his best tournament ever in Indian Wells, where he made the finals after getting the win of his career over Novak Djokovic.

    He will take on former top 4 player Nikolay Davydenko. The Russian holds a 2-1 winning edge over Isner, with their last meeting taken by Isner in 2010. Isner runs a slight risk of fatigue after his great run, but he should have enough in the tank to get past Davydenko.

    Kei Nishikori (16) vs. Lukas Lacko

    Japan’s Kei Nishikori had his break out tournament this year at the Australian Open. He made a surprise run to the quarterfinals, but his season since has been far less impressive. The Japanese man hasn’t won more than a pair of matches at a time.

    He will take on Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, whose ranking is still low enough that he needs to qualify for most tour-level events. Lacko did well for himself at the Australian Open also, coming up through qualifying and making the third round before losing to Rafael Nadal.

    Prediction – Lacko has the game to give Nishikori a hard time, but the Japanese man should take it.


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