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  • Davydenko, Mathieu battle for Basel quarterfinals

    10/25/12 7:31 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Davydenko, Mathieu battle for Basel quarterfinals Nikolay Davydenko ousted Stanislas Wawrinka in the Basel first round and will be back in action on Thursday. Benoit Paire and Lukasz Kubot are also looking for a quarterfinal spot.

    Nikolay Davydenko vs. (WC) Paul-Henri Mathieu

    Davydenko and Mathieu will be squaring off for the 10th time in their careers at the ATP level when the two veterans collide in the second round of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Thursday. The head-to-head series stands at 6-3 in Davydenko's favor, including 4-2 on hard courts. They most recently faced each other earlier this season on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam, where Davydenko prevailed 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1.

    Both men have been slowed by injuries and relative poor play in their 30s. Mathieu stands at No. 101 in the world and he is 11-15 for the year following a win over Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen on Wednesday. Davydenko scored one of his better victories in 2012 by taking out Stanislas Wawrinka in two tiebreakers on Tuesday. The 42nd-ranked Russian, who is 24-22 for the season, should be able to get the job done in three sets.

    (Q) Lukasz Kubot vs. Benoit Paire

    Kubot and Paire are facing each other for the second time in their careers and for the second time this season on Thursday in Basel. They clashed on the grass courts of 's-Hertogenbosch this summer, with Paire advancing 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

    Paire is up to a career-high ranking of 46th in the world and he is poised to climb higher after upsetting Moscow champion Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday. Kubot kicked off his week with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lukas Lacko on Monday. The 67th-ranked Pole is 23-26 for the year. Kubot in three tight sets is the pick.


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