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With Roddick out, the American’s three best hopes are Fish, Isner and Querrey. As seems to be the luck of American men’s tennis these days, all three are on Rafa’s part of the draw. Querrey opens his Roland Garros fortnight against tough German veteran Philip Kohlschreiber. They have split two matches, but have not played since 2009.
Waiting for Querrey in the second round would be fiery Croatian Ivan Ljubicic. Ljubicic is best known to American tennis fans for complaining about losing to Roddick in the 2003 US Open. After the match, Ljubicic said that no one in the locker room likes Roddick and that if the match had been anywhere else, he would have won.
Should Querrey advance to the third round and reach his seed, he is likely to see Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the third round. Verdasco is the 16th seed and has advanced to the fourth round in his last four French Opens. The lefty also has a string of winning at least two Grand Slam matches in 11 of his last 12 Slam appearances.
Querrey advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, but is still looking for his first win at Roland Garros.