After suffering a first round defeat to Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the Australian Open, Anderson has waited a while before re-joining the tour, and he leads the field in the inaugural New York Open. With a bye, and either a qualifier or wildcard in his project opener, his quarter-final could be against the big hitting, and often error-strewn Nikoloz Basilashvili.
It has not been a great year so far for Querrey – with early losses in Auckland at the US Open, but he picked up a win in Davis Cup action. He could be up against compatriot Ryan Harrison by the time the quarter-finals roll round. Harrison won the last Memphis Open, and also leads their head to head 2-0 – so Querrey’s miserable start to 2018 could well continue.
Also having a miserable start to 2018 is Isner. Early exits for him too in Auckland and Australia before joining Querrey in grabbing a win over Serbia in the Davis Cup, he enjoyed some success in its previous incarnation in Memphis and will be hoping to at least spur himself on as this is home soil. He is set to face Kei Nishikori, who really did enjoy the previous Memphis tournament. Isner will be looking to snap a two-match losing streak against the Japanese player, if they meet in the quarter-finals.
So far the Frenchman’s year has not been anything to write home about. And to be honest his record at Memphis was not exactly inspiring with only one win on his debut in 2011 and since then opening round exits.
He maybe one to earmark for an early exit – he has a patchy record at best with his likely second round opponents and his probably quarter-final opponent Steve Johnson has won their last two meetings – if Mannarino does get a win in, it looks unlikely he will get much further.
The New York Open takes place between 12-18 February.
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