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  • Wawrinka faces Davydenko in Basel opener

    10/23/12 12:22 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Wawrinka faces Davydenko in Basel opener Stanislas Wawrinka will kick off his Basel campaign on Tuesday against Nikolay Davydenko. Viktor Troicki and Grigor Dimitrov are also in action.

    (4) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Nikolay Davydenko

    Wawrinka and Davydenko will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in round one of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Tuesday. Davydenko prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the 2009 French Open but Wawrinka won their only previous hard-court encounter 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 last year in Indian Wells.

    The fourth-seeded Swiss is a huge favorite this time around. He is playing at home and is in fine form, having compiled a 34-18 record for the season. Davydenko, on the other hand, is slowing down in a major way at 31 years old. The 42nd-ranked Russian is looking to bounce back from a first-round Moscow loss to Alex Bogomolov. Count on Wawrinka advancing in straight sets.

    Grigor Dimitrov vs. (8) Viktor Troicki

    Swiss fans who got to see Roger Federer on Monday will now get a look at the player who some considered to be the next Federer. However, Dimitrov's rise has been slow-going to say the least. The 21-year-old Bulgarian is a decent 21-17 for the season, but he registers at just 62nd in the world.

    This will be the first career meeting between Troicki and Dimitrov. Troicki is a modest 26-27 for his 2012 campaign and he is at risk of falling out of Australian Open seeding position at 32nd in the world. The eighth-seeded Serb is coming off an opening loss to Malek Jaziri in Moscow. This could go either way, but Dimitrov in three sets is the pick.


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