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Day 4 Indian Wells selections

  • mark.skendaris
  • 14 March 2010
  • 03:03

By Mark Skendaris

 

Roger Federer (SUI) v Victor Hanescu (ROU) - The world number one has a 4-0 head-to-head advantage over Hanescu, hammering him in the Australian Open early this year. The Romanian has little chance of causing a boil-over here. Federer in straight sets.

 

Arnaud Clement (FRA) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) - Baghdatis is playing well this season, winning his fourth title in Sydney. Clement battled past Luczak in round one, but the Cypriot has won three of their four previous meetings. The Cypriot to face Federer in round three.

 

Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) - Robredo is struggling so far this year, but I think he can defeat Stakhovsky here. The Ukrainian could trouble the Spaniard with his aggressive style, but Robredo should be too consistent on the big points. Robredo in three sets.

 

Dudi Sela (ISR) v Radek Stepanek (CZE) - Sela beat Levine easily first up, but Stepanek will be too good for him here. The Czech loves these conditions and his attacking serve-volley game will be too much for baseliner Sela to handle. Stepanek to get his second win over the Israeli in straight sets.

 

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Simon Greul (GER) - Greul shocked Gasquet in round one, but Monfils is a tougher assignment for the German here. Monfils likes the fast hardcourts here and will dispatch Greul comfortably. The Frenchman in two sets.

 

David Nalbandian v Jurgen Melzer (AUT) - A bad draw for Melzer here. Nalbandian is just coming into some good form and he will fancy his chances against the Austrian. Melzer is a flashy player and has a big game, but the Argentine will work him over and get the win to move into round three.

 

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Thiemo De Bakker (NED) - Tipsarevic is a solid player and he should win this match against the Dutchman. De Bakker posted a reasonable round one win over Daniel, but the Serb is traveling well and defeated him in Chennai earlier this year. Look for a similar result again. Tipsarevic in straight sets.

 

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) v Andy Roddick (USA) - Roddick defeated Lu in Memphis in February and the American will win again. Lu is a better player than his current ranking suggests, but Roddick relishes an opponent like this. The American in two sets.

 

Andy Murray (GBR) v Andreas Seppi (ITA) - Murray made it to the final in Indian Wells last year, so he will be looking for another big run at the title again. Seppi is always ready and up for a battle, but he struggles when facing a top-ten player. The Scot to claim a straight-set victory.

 

Michael Russell (USA) v Igor Andreev (RUS) - Andreev is the higher ranked player, but I think Russell can surprise with a win here. The Russian has spent most of his season on clay, while the American has been grinding away on the hardcourts and feels right at home on this surface. Russell in three sets.

 

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP) - Almagro has won their only previous meeting, but that came on his favourite surface clay. Karlovic frustrates many opponents with his powerful, and sometimes unplayable serve. I can see that happening to the Spaniard in this match and the Croat will move into the third round with a good win.

 

James Blake (USA) v David Ferrer (ESP) - Ferrer has had a great run in South America in 2010, winning the Acapulco title. Blake who is 5-5 this season and this is a 50-50 match. The American always plays better in home surroundings and I think he can upset the feisty Spaniard in this one. Blake in three sets.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Marinko Matosevic (AUS) - Matosevic came through the qualifying and shocked Llodra in round one, but this is a huge ask. Look for Tsonga to go deep this tournament as he has a favourable draw. The Frenchman to will this in a canter.

 

Ricardo Mello (BRA) v Albert Montanes (ESP) - The Spaniard is much higher in the rankings than Mello, but the Brazilian starts favourite here. Montanes is a poor player on this surface and has some bad results away from clay. Mello plays his best on a hardcourt and the left-hander should get the win here.

 

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) - The Frenhman looked good in defeating Becker in round one, and I think he can beat Lopez. He leads the series 4-2 and has a good enough return-game to unsettle the Spaniard. Mathieu in three sets.

 

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Robin Soderling (SWE) - This will be a powerful slug-fest from the first point. Korolev leads the series 2-0, their last match in '08. But Soderling is a better player these days and his new-found mental strength should see him get past Korolev in this one.

 

 

 

 

 

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