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Sony Ericsson Open
Thursday Men's Summary
Singles - First Round: S Querrey def. M Ebden 6-1 5-7 7-5
Given how well Matthew Ebden has been playing lately, this is a pretty good win for Sam Querrey. And he made the Indian Wells doubles final last week. So he's on a fairly promising streak. It won't take too much more to get him back to the Top Hundred.
Singles - First Round: M Baghdatis def. L Mayer 6-1 6-4
A good, efficient win for Marcos Baghdatis -- but he will likely needone more win to hit the Top Forty, and he faces Novak Djokovic next.
Singles - First Round: C Stebe def. F Cipolla 6-3 7-5
A very slight upset based on the rankings, but the surface is probably better for Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.
Singles - First Round: A Ramos def. (Q) S Bolelli 6-3 6-1
After a four match losing streak earlier this year, Albert Ramos is now 8-5 in his last five events with no first round losses.
Singles - First Round: I Karlovic def. L Kubot 6-3 6-7(2-7) 7-6(7-2)
Ivo Karlovic just fell out of the Top Fifty, but it probably won't take too much more to get him back. And he is off to a good start toward leading the tournament in aces -- he had 27 here!
Singles - First Round: I Kunitsyn def. (WC) J Levine 7-6(10-8) 7-6(7-3)
Since he suffered his injury, the story of Jesse Levine's career seems to be "almost." He almost won this match. And he is almost playing like a Top Hundred player. Almost, but not quite; he will remain below that ranking.
Singles - First Round: B Becker def. O Rochus 5-7 6-3 6-2
This is starting to turn into a fairly impressive comeback for Benjamin Becker. He costs Olivier Rochus his chance for a return to the Top Fifty.
Singles - First Round: B Tomic def. S Stakhovsky 7-6(7-4) 6-3
One more win might take Bernard Tomic to #35, although we'd guess he will need two.
Singles - First Round: (WC) R Harrison def. P Starace 6-7(6-8) 6-4 6-4
A slight upset if you just go by the rankings, but not much of a surprise considering the surface. Which brings up another point: this year will mark the first time Ryan Harrison will really have to get serious about clay; it will be interesting to see how he handles it.
Singles - First Round: G Muller def. A Bogomolov Jr. 5-7 6-4 7-6(7-5)
Ivo Karlovic wasn't the only guy with 27 aces on the day; Gilles Muller did it too. They represented more than a quarter of his points; Alex Bogomolov actually won 108 points to Muller's 107. But Bogomolov's struggles with earning wins, as opposed to points, continues; it looks as if he will be losing his Top Forty ranking.
Singles - First Round: (Q) S Bubka def. E Gulbis 6-4 6-4
After a very long time going nowhere, Sergei Bubka is actually having a fairly decent year. Still, it's results like this that really make you wonder about what is wrong with Ernests Gulbis this time....
Singles - First Round: (Q) D Goffin def. D Young 7-5 6-4
It was an amazing day for qualifiers, but this feels like the biggest surprise of the bunch. Donald Young loses a few points and will be no better than #45.
Singles - First Round: (Q) B Phau def. C Berlocq 6-4 6-2
This is the first time this year that Carlos Berlocq has lost his opening match. It wasn't the best timing; he made the third round this year, so he may well fall several ranking spots.
Singles - First Round: (Q) F Dancevic def. J Chardy 7-5 7-6(7-0)
That's the first ATP win for Frank Dancevic since Johannesburg 2011, thirteen and a half months ago!
Singles - First Round: (Q) G Garcia-Lopez def. (Q) R Ram 6-4 7-6(9-7)
Could it be, now that he has completely trashed his ranking, that Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is finally coming back to life? At least he seems to be trying to make sure that he stays Top Hundred.
Singles - First Round: Y Lu def. J Nieminen 6-4 6-3
This turned into a dreadful day for guys ranked between about #41 and #50. Only two -- Baghdatis and Nalbandian -- made the second round. Jarkko Nieminen will probably remain just above #50.
Doubles - First Round: (3) Llodra/Zimonjic def. Dolgopolov/Malisse 6-3 7-6(7-4)
Michael Llodra had a bad singles result, but obviously there wasn't anything too badly wrong.
Doubles - First Round: Bracciali/Cabal def. (8) Cermak/Polasek 7-6(7-5) 6-4
Doubles - First Round: Granollers/Nadal def. Cilic/Karlovic 6-1 6-3
Rafael Nadal picks up where he left off at Indian Wells. It's really too bad there isn't some way to seed Granollers/Nadal; they deserve it.
Doubles - First Round: Anderson/Raonic def. Mahut/Simon 4-6 6-2 10-7 (Match TB)
Doubles - First Round: Marach/Peya def. Almagro/Bellucci 7-6(7-5) 7-6(7-5)
Thomaz Bellucci leaves here with first round losses in both singles and doubles.