Sela set for opening match against Malisse

25-year-old hasn’t played since claiming the Challenger tournament in Vancouver.

September 1, 2010 04:49
DUDI SELA hopes to regain some momentum as the North American hard-court season heats up. The 25-yea

DUDI SELA 311. (photo credit: AP)

Dudi Sela will look for his first win at the US Open since 2007 when he faces Xavier Malisse in the first round on Wednesday night.

The 25-year-old Israeli, who lost in the first round in his last two appearances at Flushing Meadows, hasn’t played since claiming the Challenger tournament in Vancouver more than three weeks ago.

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However, he trained with world No. 8 Fernando Verdasco in recent days and believes he’s ready for his encounter with Malisse (50). “Malisse has played well in recent weeks,” Sela said. “I’ve been training here for a week and I can’t wait to play. Every Grand Slam match is tough and open.”

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