Monday, March 11, 2013

Know Your Underdog: Leonardo Mayer

As the sport's top-ranked stars hit the courts today in these early stages of the BNP Paribas Open, the tournament's lesser-known players have the opportunity to defy the odds and advance when almost everyone expects them to lose.  We'll get to know these underdogs as they face the uphill battle of standing across the net from the greats.  

Today, it's Leonardo Mayer... 

Leonardo Mayer

Age: 25

Born: Corrientes, Argentina

Height: 6 ft. 2 in.

Weight: 180 lbs.

Plays: Right-handed


Record: 52-65

Tiles: 0

Highest Ranking: No. 51 (June 7 2010)

Current Ranking: No. 64

Today's Opponent

(5) Rafael Nadal

How He Got Here

Defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3 in the second round

Record versus Nadal (0-2)

Acapulco 2013, lost 6-1, 7-5

Indian Wells 2012, lost 6-1, 6-3

The Rundown

Nadal is playing with that bad left knee, but that shouldn't slow him down from advancing at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.

Leonardo Mayer, enjoy a beautiful day in Southern California and enjoy your paycheck for reaching the third round.

The Outer Courts Prediction: Nadal