• Lopez and Youzhny look for Shanghai second round

    10/9/12 3:14 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Lopez and Youzhny look for Shanghai second round Feliciano Lopez and Mikhail Youzhny will be in action on Tuesday as the first round wraps up in Shanghai.

    Feliciano Lopez vs. Alejandro Falla

    The only other time these two men met, Spain's Feliciano Lopez walked away with a straight set victory at the 2011 Australian Open. That they meet again on hard courts will favor Lopez rather than the Colombian, who prefers slow red clay.

    Falla had a couple of wins in Kuala Lumpur and one in Tokyo, but mostly his hard court season has been disappointing. The Colombian amasses most of his ranking points on the dirt.

    Lopez had a solid semifinal showing in Beijing last week and seems to be on something of a roll. The Spaniard will be heavily favored for the win against Falla.

    Mikhail Youzhny vs. Viktor Troicki

    Only two ranking spots separate Mikhail Youzhny and Serbia's Viktor Troikci. The Russian sits at No. 30 in the world, Troicki is ranked 32. The two men have split wins in their prior meetings at 2 a piece. Troicki won their last meeting in Dusseldorf, but that was on a clay court.

    Youzhny has had a good run-up to Shanghai. The Russian had a semi-final showing at home in St. Petersburg and he made the quarters last week in Beijing.

    Troicki has only managed to win a single match at a time since he reached the third round in Cincinnati.

    Prediction - Youzhny in straight sets.

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