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Andy Roddick Seeks Title No. 30, Fernando Verdasco Seeks First-Round Avengence

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17:  Sam Querrey of the United States of America reacts after a point in his first round match against Lukasz Kubot of Poland during day one of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Monica FritschCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2011

The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships gets underway today in Memphis. It promises to be an exciting tournament, no matter whom your favorite players are.

There are several blockbuster first-round matches to get the tournament going. Juan Martin del Potro will take on 2010 finalist and No. 6 seed John Isner, and second seed Fernando will try to avenge his loss to last week’s San Jose winner, Milos Raonic.

Defending champion and No. 5 seed, Sam Querrey has a favorable draw, until he could potentially meet compatriot, Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals. I look for Fish to get through, to face Verdasco in the semifinals.

Top seed, Andy Roddick, on the other hand, doesn’t have a favorable draw. In the second round, he could face Janko Tipsarevic, whom knocked him out of the 2010 U.S. Open and 2008 Wimbledon. Should Roddick get past Tipsarevic, he could potentially face Lleyton Hewitt, who he’s beaten the last five times they’ve played. In the semifinals, Roddick could meet compatriot and fellow big-server, John Isner.

Should Roddick make it through to the finals, I expect him to meet San Jose finalist, Fernando Verdasco. Both men have a lot to prove, with Verdasco losing to newcomer, Raonic, last week and Roddick vying for his 30th career singles title. I predict the two-time champion and runner-up to lift the trophy on Sunday.

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