At the age of thirty, most tennis players best days are behind them. But for Xavier Malisse, it looks as if he is planning a major resurgence on the ATP Tour this summer. Reaching the quarterfinals or better at the last three of his five ATP events, the Belgian has moved up the rankings to #62 in the world. With only three weeks left until the start of the U.S. Open, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic held in Washington,DC is a major stop on the road to Flushing Meadows.And Malisse plans on staying for a while.
Malisse has stormed into the round of 16 after winning two matches thus far. In his last round, he upset #12 seed and world #32 Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-4 and looks fit heading into his next round. Upnext for the high flying Belgian will be Wimbledon's golden boy and 6'9'' giant John Isner of the United States. Isner will be a tough match-up for Malisse as his serve and forehand are always diffcult weapons to match. If Malisse can neutralize the serve with some solid returning, he should be able to take control during baseline exchanges.
Malisse still has two Masters Series events to play before the U.S. Open at the end of this month. We wish him the best as he looks to break into the top 50 once again!