• Simon and Isner take the court in Nice

    5/22/13 4:59 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Simon and Isner take the court in Nice No. 2 seed Gilles Simon and American John Isner will be in action in Nice as the men's tour heads into the final stretch before Roland Garros.

    Gilles Simon (2) vs. Guillaume Rufin (Q)

    France's Gilles Simon hasn't had a terrible clay-court season in Europe, but he hasn't been overly impressive either. The Frenchman has a semifinal in Bucharest and two third-round showings in Madrid and Rome to show for his efforts.

    Guillaume Rufin is ranked 102nd in the world. He is also French, but was not granted a wildcard into the tournament. He had to come up through qualifying to gain entrance.

    Prediction - Simon is playing well enough to get past Rufin, likely in straight sets.

    John Isner (4) vs. Robin Haase

    American John Isner is having a positively dismal run on European clay. This is not atypical for Isner, who has often struggled on the surface, but his preparation for Roland Garros is severely lacking, with one match win in three attempted tournaments.

    Dutchman Robin Haase is no clay-court expert, but he actually won, not his qualifying matches in Oerias and Madrid, but also a couple of main-tour matches as well.

    Normally it would be bad news for a player like Haase to draw the No. 4 seed so early in the tournament, but Isner has struggled badly enough that the Dutchman can only be considered the favorite for the win.

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are you OK, Cheryl?

RickyDimon , 5/22/13 8:41 AM


Conspirator , 5/22/13 1:41 PM

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