• Fish, Verdasco and Simon begin US Open bids

    8/27/12 3:35 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Fish, Verdasco and Simon begin US Open bids American Mardy Fish and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco will take to the court on Monday as the first day of play gets started at the US Open.

    Mardy Fish vs. Go Soeda

    Mardy Fish has had an outstanding run this summer, with the No. 23 seed scoring a semifinal in Washington and a pair of quarterfinal showings in Toronto and Cincinnati. He will take on world No. 55 Go Soeda from Japan. He has two consecutive first-round losses, including an ouster at the hands of Ryan Harrison in Winston-Salem last week.

    Fish has been in excellent hard-court form and has had a week to rest coming from Cincinnati. The American should advance in straight sets.

    Fernando Verdasco vs. Rui Machado

    Spaniard Fernando Verdasco will take on Portugal's Rui Machado, ranked 131st in the world. Machado hasn't won a match since the Rome Challenger. Since that time, he's had a string of first-round losses, including one at the Rome Challenger event. Verdasco hasn't played a match since the Olympics, meaning the Spaniard hasn't played on North American hard courts all summer. This may hurt Verdasco later in the tournament, but at world No. 26, he should have no trouble getting past Machado.

    Gilles Simon vs. Michael Russell

    American Michael Russell has been a fixture at the US Open, but he has never gotten past the first round in eight attempts. Unfortunately for the American journeyman, his fortunes don't appear ready to change in 2012. He will take on the world No. 17 Gilles Simon, a man who beat him in their only other meeting at the French Open in 2011.

    Simon has had just one match in preparation for the US Open, with the Frenchman losing his first match in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. Still, Simon plays solid baseline tennis, and Russell isn't likely to pull off a big upset here. The Frenchman in 4.

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Russell has a chance. Soeda and Machado obviously don't.

RickyDimon , 8/27/12 4:55 PM

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