As usual, Delray Beach will be the ATP’s first stop in South Florida. This year, the field is more spectacular than ever with 2003 U.S. Open title holder Andy Roddick and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro gracing fans with their appearance. Moreover, former champions Marty Fish, Kei Nishikori, Xavier Malisse and Ricardo Mello will also take part in the festivities. The draw has been announced, here’ a closer look as to how this thrilling week may unfold.
Roddick, the top seed, may have to face Janko Tipsarevic for the second consecutive week. This time, Roddick would battle Tipsarevic or 2010 finalist Ivo Karlovic for a spot in the semifinals.
Third seed and wildcard entry Sam Querrey may be another threat to Roddick’s quest to the final. However, prior to a potential date with Roddick, Querrey may have to overcome either Nishikori, Russian Igor Andreev or the always dangerous Benjamin Becker in the quarterfinals.
In the bottom section, 2009 titlist Fish is the second seed. Veteran Rainer Schuettler could present a grave challenge for Fish in the second round. Then, in the quarterfinals, Fish could contend with Radek Stepanek.
Also, in Fish’s part of the draw are John Isner and Del Potro. These latter two just clashed in Memphis and could see each other again in the second round. American teenager Ryan Harrison has a terrific opportunity to get to the quarterfinals. But, in that round, Isner or Del Potro may await him. Consequently, Fish, Del Potro, Stepanek and Isner appear the ones with the truest chance to advance to the final.
While the likelihood of an all American final exist, Roddick vs. Isner or Roddick vs. Fish, there are plenty of potential spoilers. Since returning from his wrist injury, Memphis seems to be a turning point for Del Potro. The Argentine looks to have regained some of the form and confidence which propelled him to the top ten. As a result, it would not be surprising to see two former U.S. Open champions Del Potro and Roddick duke it out for the ITC title.
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