Xavier Malisse has used this summer to rebuild the latter part of his career. At thirty-year old, Malisse has reached the quarterfinals or better at four of his last six events. And he has no intention of going out early in Toronto this week. The Belgian won his first round at the Rogers Cup over Germany's Michael Berrer 7-6(2), 6-2 and looks to be moving smoothly on the hard courts moving into the next round.
Up next for the veteran Malisse will be Scotland's Andy Murray. Murray is ranked four in the world and is fresh off a finals appearance at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles where he lost to Sam Querrey in three tough sets. With all the top dogs playing in Toronto, Murray is seeded fourth and is poised to reassert his name among the top of the game with the likes of Nadal and Federer. If Malisse can wait for his opportunties against Murray, he will have a chance to upset the Scot.
Malisse has soared just outside the top fifty in the world ranked number fifty-two in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. With another masters series event to be played in Cincinatti before the Open, Malisse should move inside the top fifty and will be a dangerous unseeded player for anyone in the draw.