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Day 3 Indian Wells selections

  • mark.skendaris
  • 13 March 2010
  • 05:03

By Mark Skendaris

 

Ramon Delgado (PAR) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) - Delgado did well to beat Andreas Beck in round one, but I don't like his chances against Verdasco. The Spaniard doesn't lose to players like Delgado these days and he will win this easily in straight sets.

 

Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) - Schuettler battles against the top players, and a hungry, motivated Nadal will be too much for the veteran to handle. Nadal to start his title defence with a straight-forward victory.

 

Mardy Fish (USA) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) - Fish has the game to match Djokovic, but his mental toughness often gets the better of him. Djokovic has improved in that area and is playing great tennis in 2010. The Serb will leave Fish floundering with a comfortable win.

 

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) - Gulbis is flying this season, with a title win and a return to his best form. Davydenko has improved a lot on hardcourts, and will be looking to go deep this week in California. He will prove too steady for Gulbis when it gets tight. The Russian in three sets.

 

John Isner (USA) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) - Isner is the most improved player on tour, having a great run so far this season. Anderson is a handy player, but the American has added consistency to this powerful all-court game and he will move into round three with a straight sets win over the South African.

 

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Sam Querrey (USA) - Querrey loves playing at home and is in career-best form. Chardy is a gifted player and could prove a handful, but the American is firing and a third round match-up with Isner looks likely. Querrey in two sets.

 

Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Brian Dabul (ARG) - Simon is struggling in 2010, but surely he can post a win here over Dabul. The Argentine surprised countryman Mayer in the first round, but the Frenchman will prove too much for the battling baseliner to handle. Simon in straight sets.

 

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Mario Ancic (CRO) - Ancic defeated Reynolds in round one, but Benneteau is a tougher ask. The Frenchman plays well on hardcourts and he will continue that run here with a victory over the Croat. Benneteau into round three.

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) - Cilic is a clever player with a huge game to match. Garcia-Lopez is a streaky player and can upset the top guys, but I can't see that happening to Cilic on this occasion. Cilic in straight-sets.

 

Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) - Harrison outplayed Dent in his opening match and he has a bright future. He faces the seasoned pro Ljubicic here who will not suffer a loss to the teenager. The Croat will use his huge serve and smart court craft to get the win over the American.

 

Daniel Koellerer (AUT) vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) - The Austrian easily beat Ram in round one, but Ferrero poses a much larger threat here. The Spaniard will get too many balls back and will out-smart Koellerer in a comfortable victory.

 

Carlos Moya (ESP) vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) - Moya was fortunate to beat Symczek in round one and isn't travelling that well at the moment. Bellucci is a great young player and is an awkward opponent to play. I think he can cruise past the Spaniard here in straight sets.

 

Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB) - Cuevas is competent on a hardcourt, but prefers clay. Troicki goes well in these conditions and has an aggressive game that will prove to much for Cuevas to handle.

 

Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Florent Serra (FRA) - Serra hammered Falla in round one and is a pure grinder. Berdych is a gifted all-rounder and should win this match. However, if he is slightly off his game, Serra will take full advantage. I'll select the Czech in a close one.

 

Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) - A baseline battle here, but Monaco is a superior player. He has improved to be a good player on all surfaces while Fognini feels more at home on the red dirt. He posted a shock win over Olivier Rochus first up, but Monaco is a tough nut to crack. The Argentine in two sets.

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Philipp Petzschner (GER) - A hard match here. Kohlschreiber has more talent, but Petzschner has more will. I can see this going three sets, but ill give the edge to Kohlschreiber.

 

 

 

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