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Wednesday Daily Tennis Men's Summary
Singles - Second Round: (2) R Nadal def. N Davydenko 6-2 6-2
He may not like blue clay, but obviously Rafael Nadal can play pretty well on the stuff!
Singles - Second Round: (3) R Federer def. M Raonic 4-6 7-5 7-6(7-4)
Whatever Roger Federer's opinion of blue clay before this, we have to suspect he's less happy with it now. Still, he survived, keeping alive his faint hopes of reaching #2. Milos Raonic will have to settle for a ranking a little below #20.
Singles - Second Round: (4) J Tsonga def. (WC) R Harrison 6-2 7-6(7-4)
Ryan Harrison was the only American to earn any points here. Whatever that tells you....
Singles - Second Round: (5) D Ferrer def. R Stepanek 7-6(7-4) 6-2
David Ferrer didn't play last year at this time, so every point he earns here is a bonus -- but he needs a lot more than this to move up. He leaves Radek Stepanek around #25 -- and around the cutoff for the #24 Roland Garros seed; Stepanek will be under pressure in Rome.
Singles - Second Round: (7) J Tipsarevic def. (Q) F Delbonis 7-6(7-5) 6-7(8-10) 6-3
Not the most promising start, but Janko Tipsarevic defends what he had to defend. He can't rise above #8 this week, but he is making it less likely that he will fall.
Singles - Second Round: M Cilic def. (8) J Isner 7-6(7-4) 7-6(7-3)
Milos Raonic earlier this week made the interesting observation that, whoever wins Madrid this week, that person will be the all-time greatest blue clay player -- at least until next year. So, for at least a year, John Isner will be in a many-way tie for all-time worst blue clay player. On the other hand, he will again become the #1 American player, ahead of Mardy Fish; the question now is whether he will be ranked #9, #10, or possibly a little lower.
Singles - Second Round: (9) G Simon def. G Garcia-Lopez 6-4 6-3
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez saved several match points in the last game, which seemed to go on forever, but he has never seemed as comfortable on clay as most Spaniards. He will stay near the bottom of the Top Hundred. Gilles Simon remains at #12; he needs at least two more wins to rise.
Singles - Second Round: (10) J del Potro def. M Youzhny 6-4 7-6(7-1)
This will almost certainly put Juan Martin del Potro back in the Top Ten; Mardy Fish is out. Mikhail Youzhny is a few spots below #30 -- in other words, right around the borderline for Roland Garros seeding.
Singles - Second Round: (11) N Almagro def. M Granollers 6-3 7-6(7-3)
Nicolas Almagro has now defended his points, but he has yet to move in the rankings. He leaves Marcel Granollers just below the Top 25.
Singles - Second Round: (12) G Monfils def. (Q) I Andreev 6-3 1-0, retired
It's always nice for Gael Monfils to see someone else hurting even more than he is....
Singles - Second Round: (14) R Gasquet def. V Troicki 7-5 6-3
Richard Gasquet still has a pile of points to defend if he wants to stay Top Twenty. He does look as if he will at least be one of the Top 24 Roland Garros seeds. Viktor Troicki will be around #30, so his Roland Garros seed is still in some danger.
Singles - Second Round: (15) F Verdasco def. (Q) A Falla 6-7(4-7) 6-4 6-4
Fernando Verdasco has yet to clinch his Top Twenty spot, but it now looks very likely.
Singles - Second Round: (16) A Dolgopolov def. A Seppi 6-7(5-7) 7-6(7-5) 6-3
Little wonder if Andreas Seppi, already tired after last week, ran out of gas in this marathon! He will be around #30 next week. That means a good shot at a Roland Garros seed, but he may need to add some points at Rome. On the other hand, where else better for him to do it than at one of Italy's biggest sporting events?
Singles - Second Round: S Wawrinka def. J Melzer 6-1 6-4
This will leave Jurgen Melzer right around #32 or #33, so he is right on the border for a Roland Garros seed. Stanislas Wawrinka is in an interesting situation: He has defended his points, but is still only about #20 -- but he faces Novak Djokovic next, and Djokovic didn't look too good in his first match.
Doubles - First Round: Qureshi/Rojer def. (WC) Gimeno-Traver/Navarro 6-3 7-5
Doubles - First Round: Cilic/Melo def. Bogomolov/Fognini 6-4 6-1
Doubles - First Round: Gasquet/Monfils def. (WC) Bubka/Marti 7-6(8-6) 6-2 .
Doubles - Second Round: (4) Fyrstenberg/Matkowski def. Cabal/Schwank 6-3 7-6(7-5)
Doubles - Second Round: (7) Bhupathi/Bopanna def. S Gonzalez/Kas 6-1 7-6(7-2)