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  • Isner, Anderson kick off Shanghai second round

    10/8/12 6:11 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Isner, Anderson kick off Shanghai second round John Isner and Kevin Anderson will contest the first match of second-round action on Tuesday in Shanghai. Gilles Simon and Jurgen Melzer are also taking the court.


    Kevin Anderson vs. (8) John Isner

    After multiple meetings in college, Anderson and Isner will be squaring off for the seventh time in their careers at the ATP level when they clash in round two of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday afternoon. The head-to-head series is tied up at three apiece, with Anderson leading 3-2 on hard courts thanks to two straight victories. He prevailed 6-3, 7-6(4) last year in Miami and 7-5, 7-6(4) early this season in Delray Beach.

    Neither man is in particularly good form at the moment. Isner repeated in Winston-Salem but is on a three-match losing streak dating back to the third round of the U.S. Open. Anderson had lost his first main-draw match at five consecutive tournaments before getting past Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-6(4) on Monday. Isner may be rusty and lacking confidence, so don't be surprised if the eighth-seeded American goes down in three sets.

    Jurgen Melzer vs. (15) Gilles Simon

    Melzer and Simon will be going head-to-head for the sixth time in their careers on Tuesday in Shanghai. Simon has won all three of their previous hard-court encounters, while Melzer prevailed twice on clay. Victories for Simon include the following: 6-4, 7-6(3) in the 2009 Bangkok semifinals, 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5 last summer in Cincinnati, and 7-6(5), 6-4 this spring in Miami.

    Just when Simon seemed to be finding some form, however, he was hit with another minor injury. The 18th-ranked Frenchman reached the Bangkok final, but knee troubles resulted in a blowout loss and then an early exit in Tokyo. Although Melzer is slowing down at 31 years old, he may finally be playing with confidence. The Austrian won back-to-back matches for the first time since Memphis before losing to Novak Djokovic in the Beijing quarterfinals last week. Based on the fact that Simon is likely less than 100 percent, Melzer in three sets is the pick.

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Interesting match between Isner and Anderson. considering their recent form, I'd say they are on par with each other. I'd like to see Big John win though, but from the H2H, it might be another Anderson win.

Melzer goes up and down, so it's difficult to guage his form. Simon's played many times in the past with knee ailment, and has emerged the winner. Hence, it's difficult to predict the winner of this match.

Looking ahead, should Simon win, his knee will be further tested by the winner of Chardy/Dolgo match-up, where we could see Simon losing in the 2nd round.

scoretracker , 10/9/12 5:49 AM


Dolgo already won.

Simon would not have any trouble with him.

RickyDimon , 10/9/12 7:02 AM


Then, it's possible Simon could get to the 3rd round if he should beat Melzer.

I read on bleacher that Dolgo suffers from Gilbert's syndrome, an immune disorder that drains his energy. dolgo stated that his energy level is unpredictable on a day to day basis, and the reason he's blown out of some matches.

scoretracker , 10/9/12 7:26 AM



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