• Davydenko opens in Moscow against Bogomolov

    10/15/12 11:51 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Davydenko opens in Moscow against Bogomolov Nikolay Davydenko will kick off his Moscow campaign against Alex Bogomolov on Tuesday. Carlos Berlocq and Andrey Kuznetsov are also looking for a place in the second round.

    Alex Bogomolov vs. (5) Nikolay Davydenko

    Bogomolov and Davydenko will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers and for the second time this month when they clash in round one of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday. Davydenko just dominated their only previous encounter 7-5, 6-1 in the Beijing first round.

    Both players have slumped through 2012. Davydenko is visibly slowing down at 31 years old, comes in at No. 40 in the world. Bogomolov, who qualified for Shanghai but lost his main-draw opener, is a horrendous 13-29 at the ATP level this season. As long as Davydenko is close to 100 percent (he withdrew from Beijing after beating Bogomolov), he should win this all-Russian affair in straight sets.

    (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov vs. (7) Carlos Berlocq

    How will a rare transition from Challengers to the ATP Tour work out for Kuznetsov? We will begin to find out on Tuesday when he takes the court as a wild card in Moscow. Kuznetsov has won 15 consecutive matches, good for three straight Challenger titles. However, all three of those came on clay and the 21-year-old Russian has not played a single hard-court match since the second week of January.

    Whereas Kuznetsov has contested only 19 ATP-level matches in his career (6-13 record) Berlocq has established himself as a capable ATP performer. The 52nd-ranked Argentine has earned 23 of his 58 career victories this season, six of which have come outside of clay. Berlocq had lost six straight matches before beating Marinko Matosevic last week in the Shanghai first round. Look for Kuznetsov to keep his hot streak going after three tight sets.

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Sadly Davydenko is a shadow of his former self. I know he suffered a severe wrist injury soon after he won the WTF but it does seem as though having climbed that mountain he lost the will to win which made for so many thrilling matches.

ed251137 , 10/16/12 10:54 AM

back from an early break

RickyDimon , 10/16/12 5:54 PM

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