ATP Delray Beach 2013 Draw Preview and Analysis

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The International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach is an ATP 250 event played on outside hard courts. Previously, the event was played in Coral Springs before the move in 1999. Past winners include the likes of Mardy Fish  and Juan Martin Del Potro while eighth seed Xavier Malisse is one of just three two-times winners.

Top seed John Isner has been in awful form since the start of the year, winning just twice and last week being defeated in straight sets by Denis Istomin. With big points to defend at Indian Wells very shortly, Isner needs to find some form and perhaps Jesse Levine is the man to find it against. Isner has won their last two encounters, with the most recent one being here last year where he finally came through after winning a second set tie break  17-15. This was Marinko Matosevic‘s break out tournament, making the final here last year. With a fair amount of points to defend, his status for the tournament looks in doubt after withdrawing in the semi final of Memphis after losing the first set to Kei Nishikori. If he competes, it will be a repeat of his first round last week where he defeated Go Soeda in straight sets. Defending champion Kevin Anderson and Yen-Hsun Lu both play qualifiers. Lu lost after having two match points in Memphis while Anderson hasn’t played since the Australian Open.

Being in this half of the draw alongside an out of form Isner and an Anderson whom he has a 1-0 record over, Kei Nishikori will feel he has a great chance of making it two finals in a row after getting into the Memphis final without dropping a set. If he plays either of them, he will have an ideal warm-up with Ivo Karlovic his first opponent. The big serving Croatian won their only meeting but has been in awful form with his only main tour win being against a highly disappointing Grigor Dimitrov in Zagreb. Flavio Cipolla is another who can’t buy a win recently – his only ‘win’ this year was after an early retirement from Lukas Lacko in Zagreb – and he won just one game in defeat to Albert Ramos last week. Jack Sock appears to be finally showing something after all the hype surrounding the young American, defeating Milos Raonic in Memphis last week. He would finally be knocked out by Feliciano Lopez but has a chance for revenge in the second round here should he beat Matthew Ebden, whom he has a 0-2 record against. Memphis finalist Lopez plays German Bjorn Phau who is 0-4 on the year.

An American heavy quarter could see as many as six home players (if two of them qualify) in the section alongside Xavier Malisse and Alejandro Falla. Malisse isn’t quite at the level that saw him make three finals in a row from 2005-2007 but remains a decent shout for a semi final spot if he can extend his record to 5-2 over Falla. Ryan Harrison continues to struggle with another first round exit in Memphis but opens with a qualifier. Sam Querrey should have no trouble with Michael Russell, given his 5-0 record over the veteran but has a surprisingly lopsided record against another one in James Blake who also faces a qualifier. Blake has won 6 of their 7 meetings but it would be a shock to see the declining Blake take a seventh victory.

Injury/illness concerns overshadow both seeds in the final quarter. Alexandr Dolgopolov definitely looked to be suffering during the latter two sets of his defeat to Marinko Matosevic in Memphis and is ripe for a shock if still not 100% and opens against Ivan Dodig. Evgeny Donskoy has struggled a little since moving up to the main tour, losing his first three non-slam matches, but faces an opponent he has beaten before – althoughly on the clay of Braunschweig. Steve Darcis was a semi finalist in Quimper challenger in his last tournament, losing from a set up. Tommy Haas withdrew from Memphis through illness but will play Igor Sijsling if he has recovered sufficiently. Haas defeated the Dutchman in straights in Auckland earlier in the year and would most likely play Memphis semi finalist Denis Istomin in the second round. Istomin has a 3-1 record over Haas’ fellow German Benjamin Becker, including a three set victory in San Jose earlier in the month.

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