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  • Monaco and Verdasco take the court in Valencia

    10/22/12 12:51 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Monaco and Verdasco take the court in Valencia Juan Monaco and Fernando Verdasco kick off their Valencia Open bids on Monday.

    Juan Monaco (4) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (WC)

    Surprisingly, this will be the first ever meeting between these two veterans of the game. Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, a former world No. 1, sped up the rankings 11 spots to world No. 91 on the heels of a quarterfinal showing last week in Stockholm. He was granted a wild card there also.

    Monaco has had varied success this fall. First winning the title in Kuala Lumpur, then bowing out in the second round in Tokyo and Shanghai. The Argentine is playing great tennis this year, and more importantly is doing so on surfaces other than clay.

    Prediction - Hewitt is playing well, but Monaco is well-rested. The Argentine in 3.

    Fernando Verdasco vs. Tommy Robredo (WC)

    Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo has seen his ranking dip down to 114th in the world. He has had some success on the Challenger circuit, making finals in Seville and Genova in September. But his good results on the main tour have dwindled, with his best showing coming in Bastad, where he made the quarterfinals.

    Verdasco is ranked 24th in the world. He hasn't been fantastic this fall, having earned a spot in the third round in Shanghai and the quarters in Bangkok. The 28 year-old's last good tournament came in Umag in July, where he advanced to the semifinals.

    The two men have met 10 times already, with Robredo edging Verdasco 6-4 in the head-to-head series.

    Prediction - Verdasco in straight sets.

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ranking free-fall for Pico

RickyDimon , 10/22/12 4:30 PM


Good one Rusty!

chr18 , 10/22/12 7:03 PM


For a while Monaco was hot, and it now seems as though he has cooled off considerably. Lack of consistency is what separates the top guys from the others.

It's always good to see Hewitt play and win. He's one of the best returners in the sport.

scoretracker , 10/23/12 1:02 AM


It's a treat to see some of the guys from Fed's generation still competing.

Verdasco hasn't done well for most of this year.

scoretracker , 10/23/12 1:06 AM


Monaco is basically a clay court guy, and he has done all the heavylifting earlier this year during the slow hard courts and clay season. I think he's a bit fatigued and also he's not really that great on the indoor hard courts. He'll lose the finalist points though, having reached the final here last year and lost to Granollers. Still where race points are concerned he's within the top fifteen so well done to him.

luckystar , 10/23/12 6:05 AM



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