• Isner kicks off round 2 in Valencia

    10/25/12 4:56 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Isner kicks off round 2 in Valencia John Isner, tournament No. 5 seed,will take on young gun Belgian David Goffin as the second round gets under way in Valencia.

    John Isner (5) vs. David Goffin

    If round 1 form is anything to go by, this could be a hard-fought match. David Goffin, ranked 45 in the world, defeated Pablo Andujar in the first round 6-2, 6-2, but both men played dismal tennis. Goffin won that match by simply being less terrible than his opponent.

    Isner was similarly poor against Fabio Fognini in his opening round match. Fognini managed to take Isner to 3 sets, as he played much better than Andujar did against Goffin.

    The surface might actually favor Goffin a bit. It's neither slick nor particularly quick this week, which means that Isner won't get as many free points off his serve. Still, if Goffin serves as poorly as he did against Andujar, Isner should get the win.

    Marcel Granollers vs. Jan Hajek

    Spaniard Marcel Granollers is ranked 25th in the world, due in large part to the fact that he is the reigning Valencia champion. The defending champ will take on Czech qualifier Jan Hajek in his first match of the tournament.

    Granollers has already proven that he plays well in Valencia, but he hasn't won a match since getting to the second round at the US Open. He will have to shake off the rust, because Hajek came up through qualifying and already has matches under his belt on these courts.

    Prediction - Granollers in straight sets.

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