• Melzer and Nishikori take the court on Wednesday

    4/18/12 4:22 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Melzer and Nishikori take the court on Wednesday Tournament seeds Kei Nishikori (12) and Jurgen Melzer(15) will be in second round action at the Monte Carlo Masters.

    Jurgen Melzer (15) vs. Julien Benneteau

    Austria’s Jurgen Melzer has a losing record against Frenchman Julien Benneteau. They have met 6 times, Benneteau won 4 of those encounters, though Melzer won their last meeting in 2011 in Indian Wells.

    Benneteau had a tricky first round encounter against Spaniard Marcel Granollers, but he was forced to play better tennis to get the win, so he should come into this match playing well.

    Melzer’s first round opponent was Lukasz Kubot, who only made a match of it in the second set, but still lost in straights.

    Prediction – Melzer in 3.

    Kei Nishikori (12) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu

    French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu required a wildcard to get into Monte Carlo. Mathieu is ranked 352 in the world and was fortunate to meet an abysmal Donald Young in the opening round. The Frenchman secured all but one game from Young to advance.

    Unfortunately for Mathieu’s camp, Kei Nishikori is not out of form. The Japanese man is having his breakout season this year, with a quarterfinal showing at the Australian Open as the highlight.

    Prediction – It would be an upset for Nishikori to even drop a set. The Japanese man in straights.

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