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Mexican Open 2016 live on Tuesday, February 23 - Ferrer, Azarenka in today's action

Suneer Chowdhary in ATP 23 Feb 2016
Can Victoria Azarenka win her opener today?

The first round of fixtures at the 2016 Mexican Open will continue on Tuesday, February 23 with Victoria Azarenka and David Ferrer heading the draw for the day.

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Azarenka, the ladies top seed, will take on Polona Hercog in the second fixture of the evening at the centre court. The Slovenian Hercog has had a tough ride in the circuit this season. 

She suffered three back-to-back first round exits at the WTA Auckland, the Sydney International, and the Australian Open. She went on to make the second round at the WTA Rio, only to be beaten by Sorana Cristea in straight sets.

In contrast, the Belarusian top seed has had a fruitful year. She started off with a title win at the Brisbane International, where she beat German Angelique Kerber in the final. Kerber managed to turn the tables on her in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open after Azarenka had shown good form.

These two ladies have met on one previous occasion with the meeting coming at the 2011 WTA Beijing. Azarenka went on to win in straight sets on that occasion and will start as the clear favourite on Tuesday as well.

Men’s top seed Ferrer will be up against John Millman of Australia in his first round fixture at the centre court in the evening. Millman crashed out of the ATP Delray Beach in the first round last week after haing made the quarterfinal at the ATP Montpellier and the second round at the ATP Memphis. The Australian had also made it into the third round at the Australian Open where he was defeated by Bernard Tomic in straight sets.

Ferrer has been in pretty good form this year. He has reached a couple of semi-finals and a couple of quarterfinals in five tournaments this season. He made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open before being beaten by Andy Murray and comes into this tournament on the backs of a quarterfinal defeat by Dominic Thiem at the ATP Rio de Janeiro. The Spaniard also made the semi-finals at the ATP Auckland and the ATP Buenos Aires.

This will be the first career meeting between these two men and the top seeded Ferrer will start as the favourite.

Here's the 2016 Mexican Open Order of Play for Tuesday, February 23:

Cancha Central 

Starting at: 4:00 pm
Marin Cilic (CRO) [3] v [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1] v Polona Hercog (SLO)
David Ferrer (ESP) [1] v John Millman (AUS)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [7] v Denis Kudla (USA)

Grandstand 

Starting at: 4:00 pm
Loudres Dominguez Lino (ESP) v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
[Q] Julia Glushko (ISR) v [WC] Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX)
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Dominic Thiem (AUT) [4] 
[Q] Louisa Chirico (USA) v Sloane Stephens (USA) [2] 

Cancha 4

Starting at: 4:00 pm
Tatjana Maria (GER) v Danka Kovinic (MNE) [7] 
Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
[WC] Victoria Rodriguez (MEX)/Renata Zarazua (MEX) v [WC] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)/Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
[Q] Samantha Crawford (USA) v Monica Puig (PUR)

Cancha 3 

Starting at: 4:00 pm
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [8] v [Q] Taylor Fritz (USA)
Aljaz Bedene (GBR) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [6] 
Rajeev Ram (USA) v Bernard Tomic (AUS) [5] 
Mariusz Frystenberg (POL)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) v Steve Johnson (USA)/Sam Querrey (USA)

Cancha 2 

Starting at: 4:00 pm
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) v Sam Groth (AUS) 
Christina McHale (USA) v Heather Watson (GBR)
Irina Falconi (USA) v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Aljaz Bedene (GBR)/TBA v Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

Cancha 1 

Starting at: 4:00 pm
Shelby Rogers (USA) v Anna Tatishvili (USA)
Steve Johnson (USA) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 
Sam Querrey (USA) v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Johanna Konta (GBR)/Heather Watson (GBR) v Kiki Bertens (NED)/Johanna Larsson (SWE) [2]



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