BNP PARIBAS OPEN
Greul Bounces Back A Stronger Player
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by James Buddell|
German Simon Greul has endured a tough path back into the Top 100 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
On Tuesday, the World No. 58 will look to reach the last 16 of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in four years, when he plays No. 22 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The 28 year old spent eight months in the Top 100, before a right wrist injury in 2007 hindered his progress. "My wrist got inflamed and required surgery, so it took me a while to come back," he said. "I had to be patient, but now I feel fine again.
"Since returning, I have tried to improve my match temperament, my groundstrokes and physical conditioning. I also had a few injuries to recover from, so I played a few Challengers last year and managed to work my way back to the main tour events. I'm happy to be back."
Greul admits he has "had a hard start to this year," but two weeks ago was rewarded with his first Davis Cup appearance against France.
"I didn't play that well at the start of the year, but now my form is getting better and better.
"The players are always very tough, so I have had close matches but lost them. At this level, they never give up, so if you are up 5-1 in the set they remain consistent and mentally strong. You really have to fight."
"This week my confidence is growing again, as I've won two tie-breaks against [Richard] Gasquet. It's good to be in the third round here. Hopefully I can take my form this week and play well at the Grand Slams and Masters 1000 to break into the Top 50."