American and world # 9, Andy Roddick (above), who will take on Xavier Malisse in the quarter-finals today at the inaugural Atlanta Hardcourt Tennis Championships.

Andy Roddick will join Americans # 49 Mardy Fish, # 94 Taylor Dent, # 89 Michael Russell, and world # 19, Giant John Isner in action that will be televised in America by ESPN2.  The most intriguing matchup after Roddick-Malisse, is probably Fish-Dent, where a good showing from Mardy could mean he takes back to back tournaments on different surfaces–an enormous accomplishment and a nice confidence boost heading toward The Open.  Fish (below) moved up to world # 49 this week with his win in Newport on grass, and hardcourts are by far his best surface.  Fish should be a huge favorite today over Taylor Dent.

Everyone would expect John Isner’s big game to be way too much for scrappy American journeyman Michael Russell, who has only made one other quarter-final this year, one he lost to Sam Querrey in San Jose.  As for Sam, good move on his part to sit this one out.  Querrey has seemed to have low energy at the US Open, which is the surface he is most likely to succeed on.  He has played a lot of tennis and shouldn’t play too many non mandatory events leading up to the US Open. 

The Roddick-Malisse matchup is an interesting one because of Roddick’s weak play of late and because of the talented Malisse’s renaissance.  A win this week would hopefully get Roddick out of the doldrums he has been in. 

And for those who are interested, the team of Blake and Isner is still alive in the doubles draw.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress)