• Roddick begins Atlanta campaign against Mahut

    7/18/12 6:01 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Roddick begins Atlanta campaign against Mahut Andy Roddick will contest his 2012 Atlanta opener on Wednesday against Nicolas Mahut. Kei Nishikori and Ricardas Berankis are also looking for places in the quarterfinals.

    (4) Andy Roddick vs. Nicolas Mahut

    Roddick and Mahut will be squaring off for the sixth time in their careers and for the second time this season when they do battle in round two of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Wednesday night. They faced each other in the French Open first round, with Mahut prevailing 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Roddick, however, has taken their other four encounters. Only one outdoor hard-court meeting came at the 2008 Toronto Masters, where Roddick pulled out a 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-3 victory.

    The 29-year-old American had been slumping in 2012 but he is rounding into form in time for the U.S. Open Series. Roddick won the Eastbourne title then advanced two rounds at Wimbledon before succumbing in four sets to eventual quarterfinalist David Ferrer. Mahut is playing stellar tennis at 30 years old, registering 26 spots below his career-high ranking at No. 66 in the world. The Frenchman improved to 14-12 for the season by outlasting Paul Capdeville 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 on Monday. Look for Roddick to book a quarterfinal spot after two competitive sets.

    (Q) Ricardas Berankis vs. (4) Kei Nishikori

    Berankis and Nishikori will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers on Wednesday night in Atlanta. It has already been a good week for Berankis, who qualified and won his first ATP match of the season on Tuesday by crushing Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-2. The 22-year-old Lithuanian is healthy and back on the rise having been previously derailed by injuries.

    Nishikori earned an opening-round bye this week as the No. 3 seed. He is a solid 19-11 for his 2012 campaign and he registers three spots off his career-high ranking at No. 19 in the world. Japan's top player has won at least two matches in five consecutive tournaments. Count on a high-quality encounter, with an edge going to Nishikori in three sets.

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Not a spectacular match but a win's a win. Go Andy!!!

ts38 , 7/19/12 4:49 AM

Hope Andy can get his game back a bit more before he retires.

agfmilos , 7/19/12 6:04 PM

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