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[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] QUERREY MOVES ON [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Dodig Rebounds To Oust No. 5 Seed Dolgopolov By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – It didn’t take long for the first upset to occur at the 2013 Delray Beach ITC. The first day of action at the ATP World Tour event saw the first seeded player quickly exit the tournament when Ivan Dodig of Croatia defeated No. 5 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in straight sets Monday night. Dolgopolov, who is ranked No. 22 in the world, was making his Delray Beach ITC debut, but Dodig made it short-lived, winning 6-3, 6-3. Dodig, who is ranked No. 62 on the ATP Tour, registered the first-round upset in the third match of the tournament to improve his record in Delray Beach to 4-2. “It was a little bit strange coming from playing indoors to outdoors,” said Dodig, who lost his first-round...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] MALISSE MOVES ON [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]All-Time Delray Beach Wins Leader Gets 1st Round Win By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Xavier Malisse says he does not consume himself with rankings much, but he admitted Monday that he’s a little surprised he’s ranked No. 50 entering this week’s ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach ITC tournament. That’s something, he said, that could extend his career, especially if he plays well here this week. “This could be my last year, but at the end of the year if I’m still at 50 or in the top 100, we’ll see,” Malisse said after breezing to a 6-3, 6-3 first-round victory Monday afternoon. “I mean, I still enjoy playing, but I never thought I’d be (ranked) 50 right now.” Malisse, who won the Delray Beach ITC title in 2005 and ’07 – sandwiched around a loss in the finals to...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] The Bryan Brothers have pulled out of the Delray Beach ITC [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] Due to shoulder soreness that Mike is experiencing following their win in the Memphis final Sunday. Mike & Bob informed the Delray Beach ITC that they intend to use the week to rest the shoulder.“Obviously we are disappointed, and we know that our fans will be disappointed,” said tournament director Mark Baron. “The Bryans are always one of the highlights of our tournament, but we hope to have them back here in Delray Beach next year." [/column][spacer size="5"]...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] MOYA OUTLASTS McENROE FOR 2ND DELRAY BEACH TITLE [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Spaniard Dominating ATP Champions Tour By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – He was a French Open champion, helped Spain capture a Davis Cup title and earned a No. 1 ranking in the world during his ATP World Tour career. Carlos Moya now can add another impressive accomplishment to his professional tennis resume. Moya became the first two-time ATP Champions Tour winner at the Delray Beach ITC when he defeated Hall of Famer John McEnroe 6-4, 6-2 Sunday in the final of the three-day tournament. Moya, who has finished each of the last two years ranked No. 1 on the ATP Champions Tour since a foot injury forced his retirement from the ATP World Tour in 2010, extended his unbeaten match record here to 7-0. He punctuated his second consecutive Delray Beach title by defeating...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] Battle of the Veterans: Two-time Delray Beach ITC champ Malisse opens against Falla [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] by Romi Cvitkovic Two-time Delray Beach ITC champion and this year’s No. 8 seed, Belgian Xavier Malisse will take on Colombian Alejandro Falla in the opening round of main draw play on Monday. Despite each player being a 10-plus year veteran of the ATP World Tour, Malisse and Falla have only met on three previous occasions, with the 32-year-old Belgian walking away the victor each time. Their first and only hard court meeting took place at the 2007 edition of Delray Beach, where Malisse squeezed by in a 6-4, 7-6(6) win. As a former world No. 19 and Roland Garros doubles champion, Malisse exhibits an impressive tactical game and precision at net which stack up well against Falla’s grounded backhand and mental strength. Though the 29-year-old Colombian has yet...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] American Duel: Querrey draws Russell in first round [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] by Romi Cvitkovic As one of the more highly anticipated first round matchups at the Delray Beach ITC, No. 3 seed and 2008 semifinalist Sam Querrey is set to take on fellow American Michael Russell on Monday evening. The match between the two Americans is a “duel” over two years in the making. While the 25-year-old Querrey holds a 3-0 winning record against the 34-year-old Russell, the two have not encountered each other in tournament play since the summer of 2010. With both currently in peak form, their paths up the rankings have been vastly different. Querrey has only recently battled back from a 2011 elbow injury that derailed his ascension, and sits just shy of his career-high ranking of No. 17. His steady and quiet climb over the past year has been taken...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] McEnroe and Moya To Meet In ATP Champions Final [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"] Both Players Making Their Second Trip To ITC Finals  By Steve Dorsey   DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – John McEnroe might have turned 54 last week, but he still has something left in the tank, as he proved Saturday night during his 49-minute victory against Mats Wilander in their Delray Beach ITC Champions Tour match — one that started late because of a more than two-hour rain delay and didn’t end until shortly before midnight.   McEnroe’s 8-5 win against Wilander – the match was shortened to an eight-game pro set because of the lengthy delay – earns the left-handed American a berth in Sunday’s final against native Spaniard Carlos Moya. Each won both of their round-robin matches to advance to the final, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.   McEnroe took control of...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] MOYA MOVES INTO ATP CHAMPIONS FINAL AGAIN [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Tonight's Wilander-McEnroe Match To Determine Matchup By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Carlos Moya took another step forward in his quest to capture a second consecutive ATP Champions Tour title at the Delray Beach ITC when he earned a berth in the finals with a straight-set  victory Saturday afternoon over Mark Philippoussis.   Moya’s 6-4, 6-4 win was his second in round-robin play of the six-player, three-day tournament. He defeated Aaron Krickstein by that identical score Friday night, giving the native Spaniard a 2-0 record in Group B and a berth in Sunday’s championship match.   Moya has finished each of the past two years ranked No. 1 on the ATP Champions Tour after retiring from the ATP Tour in 2010 because of a lingering foot injury. He won all four of his matches in...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] McENROE ENTERTAINS ON OPENING NIGHT [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Moya and McEnroe Friday’s Winners By Steve Dorsey The always-entertaining John McEnroe concluded the first day of the Delray Beach ITC with a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6 (10-4) victory Friday night against Pat Cash in the first round of round robin play in the ATP Champions Tour event. McEnroe started the match strong and finished with a flourish by easily winning the tiebreaker to set the stage for a showdown Saturday night against nemesis Mats Wilander. Carlos Moya defeated Aaron Krickstein in two sets, 6-4, 6-4 in the other Champions Tour match that kicked off 10 days of tennis here at the Delray Beach International Tennis Center. McEnroe and Cash drew applause and laughs from the crowd from the start. When McEnroe delivered a blistering ace that froze Cash to open the match, Cash yelled across the net,...

[column size="2-4" last="0" style="0"] [/column] SOCK AND BLAKE RECEIVE WILD CARDS [column size="00-1" last="1" style="1"]Young American Sock Has Best Career Win This Week Rising American Jack Sock and two-time ITC finalist James Blake have received wild cards to play in the Delray Beach ITC’s ATP World Tour event which begins Monday at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The 20-year-old Sock has reached his second career quarterfinal in Memphis this week, and enjoyed the biggest win of his career Tuesday night, beating No. 14 Milos Raonic in three sets. This will be the first appearance in the Delray Beach main draw for Sock, who came up short in the qualifying tournaments here in 2012, when he won two matches, and 2011, when he won his initial match. Blake, 33, reached the finals here in 2007 and 2008. He will be making a seventh appearance in the event and has...