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Four fabulous singles quarters and two delightful doubles will be featured today at the BB&T Atlanta Open. We are glad you are with us for what will prove to be a rockin' and exciting day.
Right here at the top, listen to these interesting numbers for Friday: of the eight quarterfinals in the singles, five are over 30 and there are only four seeds remaining, the No. 1, No. 2, No. 5 and No. 7. In the two doubles quarters that will be contested today, seven of the eight players are Americans.
Kicking things off at noon, Atlanta fans will be loving it as Donald Young will partner another ATL native, the pride of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and their No. 1 player Chris Eubanks. They will face off against former UNC No. 1 player Nick Monroe and fellow American Austin Krajicek. This match will be a dandy and could go either way.
The first singles of the day will be a heavy hitting baseline brawl, as Denis Kudla, of College Park, Maryland, who is on a recent hot streak, will battle the tenacious veteran Dudi Sela of Israel. Kudla is match tough as he came through qualifying and upset the No. 3 American Jack Sock on Stadium Court on Thursday afternoon.
The third match of the day will showcase our No. 1 seed and two-time defending champion and the big man from Greensboro, North Carolina, John Isner. Isner is benefitting from the wise coaching of former UCLA All-American and long-time pro tour player Justin Gimelstob. Big John will use his 6'10" frame to pound his serve against the greatest player in the history of Lithuania Ricardas Berankis.
In my second favorite match of the day, the charismatic man from Cyprus, Marcos the Bag Man Baghdatis, seeded No. 5, will bring his sweet strokes to bear against the tall and talented and hard hitting Vasek Pospisil from Canada. Like Milos Raonic, you can easily envision the handsome Pospisil wearing a Canadian Mountie red and black uniform with a flat and wide brimmed hat and being a dead ringer for Dudley Do-Right.
In the nightcap, Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick will try to keep their mojo workin' as they take on the No. 3 seeds in doubles, Eric Butorac and Artem Sitak. Butorac is a very active poacher and a doubles wizard, while Sitak also excels in the tandem game. The flashy all-court player from Florida, Fish can also play some solid doubles, while A Rod is still playing well and will be hitting bombs with his humungous serve, as usual. Fish and Roddick will surely be the sentimental favorites in this last match of what will a fun and fabulous and fantastic Friday.