• Dimitrov faces Falla, Youzhny up against Andujar

    5/28/13 4:41 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Dimitrov faces Falla, Youzhny up against Andujar Seeds Grigor Dimitrov and Mikhail Youzhny will contest their Roland Garros openers on Tuesday. They are set for respective encounters with Alejandro Falla and Pablo Andujar.

    Alejandro Falla vs. (26) Grigor Dimitrov

    Falla and Dimitrov will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they meet in round one of the French Open on Tuesday. Both players are on a third-round collision course with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, whom Dimitrov upset in a three-hour thriller earlier this month in Madrid. That has obviously been the highlight of the 2013 campaign for Dimitrov, who also posted a runner-up finish to Andy Murray in Brisbane. The 22-year-old Bulgarian is 6-4 on clay for the season, which includes a quarterfinal run in Monte-Carlo.

    On the other hand, Falla did not appear in the main draw of any clay-court Masters event (he failed to qualify in Madrid). The 74th-ranked Colombian has only a single ATP tournament match win on clay this year. He is 10-11 overall for the season, with nothing better than a quarterfinal result in San Jose. Falla has been known to be a thorn in the side of favored opponents in the past, but he really is not any better on clay than he is on hard courts or grass. Dimitrov in four sets is the pick.

    (29) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Pablo Andujar

    Youzhny and Andujar will also be squaring off for the first time in their careers on Tuesday. Youzhny is the favorite on paper as the No. 29 seed, but Andujar clearly has a surface advantage on clay. The 45th-ranked Spaniard has advanced one round in each of the last five French Opens and he had eight set points in a 2011 third set against Nadal before losing in straights. Andujar made a run to the Madrid semifinals earlier this month (lost to Nadal) and he is coming off a semifinal showing in Nice.

    On the other hand, Youzhny has struggled this season on the slow stuff–in fact, he has had problems on every surface. The 30-year-old Russian owns a 10-12 record, including 4-5 on clay. He reached the Madrid third round (lost to Nadal), but that was only after a miracle first-round escape against Fabio Fognini. Youzhny scored a nice win over Tommy Haas in his last event at the Rome Masters, but he followed that up with a straight-set loss to Gilles Simon. This should be an extended baseline war, but the edge goes to Andujar based on current form and surface.

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Andujar got the first set before play was suspended

Shireling , 5/28/13 3:56 PM

Falla retired in the 2nd set so Dimitrov is through.

nadline , 5/28/13 4:19 PM

Maybe these are the kinds of matches Baby Fed needs to not cramp lol. Seriously I hope the Djoker takes him into the deep water so he can understand that real fitness is needed to win GS tournaments.

chr18 , 5/28/13 7:18 PM

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