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  • Blake begins Moselle Open campaign

    9/16/12 10:47 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Blake begins Moselle Open campaign After a decent U.S. Open showing, James Blake will be back in action this week in Metz. Up first for the American on Monday is wild card Albano Olivetti.

    James Blake and Albano Olivetti will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they do battle in round one of the Moselle Open on Monday evening.

    Olivetti is a little-known Frenchman who briefly surfaced earlier this season at another French indoor hard-court tournament. The world No. 214 qualified for the Marseille main draw in February and made a surprise run to the quarterfinals. Those two victories are the only two ATP-level wins of the 20-year-old's career.

    Although Blake is a shadow of his former self at 32 years old, he is still showing signs of life in 2012. The world No. 103 did not win a single ATP-level match from January through June, but all seven of his victories came during the U.S. Open Series. Blake destroyed Marcel Granollers en route to a recent third-round performance at the U.S. Open.

    Olivetti, who obviously needed a wild card to get into Metz, stands at 6'8'' and is the owner of a booming serve. He will have a good chance in this match--especially on a fast indoor hard court--thanks to that shot alone. Look for Blake to survive in two competitive sets.


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