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US Clay Court Tennis Championship
Singles - First Round: I Kunitsyn def. X Malisse 6-4 6-2
Xavier Malisse's career seemed to be over a couple of years back, and he managed to revive it, but this time, it really is starting to feel as if it's done....
Singles - First Round: P Lorenzi def. W Odesnik 6-7(3-7) 6-2 6-3
There will be a lot of players cheering this, because it will keep Wayne Odesnik from returning to the Top Hundred.
Singles - First Round: (Q) M Russell def. D Gimeno-Traver 2-6 7-5 6-1
Michael Russell's assets are speed and stamina, and he certainly showed both here! It's hard to believe he could make another run at the Top Hundred at his age, but he's now only about 125 points away.
Singles - First Round: (Q) H Zeballos def. A Ungur 6-3 6-3
Adrian Ungur has been playing pretty well lately, and it put him in the Top Hundred, but Horacio Zeballos -- although he has not been playing very well -- has the better career results. So maybe this is not a surprise.
Singles - First Round: T Ito def. (Q) G Soeda 6-4 7-5
This is an oddity: Go Soeda, the qualifier, is ranked #77, 21 places ahead of Tatsuma Ito. And he has more experience, too. But maybe the qualifying tired him out.
Singles - First Round: R Sweeting def. (Q) R Mello 6-3 7-6(8-6)
Ryan Sweeting was last year's champion here, and his ranking really took a hit when those points came off. This will let him start rebuilding at least a little.
Doubles - First Round: (1) Bogomolov/Lipsky def. Marx/Zovko 7-6(8-6) 6-0
Doubles - First Round: Karlovic/Moser def. Berlocq/Junquiera 6-3 6-3