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Metz, St. Petersburg Tuesday Preview

Monfils© A Briand – Moselle Open Frenchman Gael Monfils makes his return following a four-month injury layoff.

METZ TUESDAY PREVIEW –  MONFILS MAKES RETURN, FORMER NO. 3 DAVYDENKO COMES BACK
• There are six opening round matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Moselle Open, with the No. 7 and 8 seeds highlighting action on Centre Court.

• In the first match of the day, big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic takes on French qualifier Kenny De Schepper for the first time. Karlovic last played in Metz four years ago (l. to Moya in 2nd Rd.) and De Schepper is playing here for the second year in a row. Karlovic comes in with a 10-13 record in 2012 and his best result was the quarter-finals in Zagreb in February. The 25-year-old Bordeaux native is 1-3 on the year and ranked No. 211. He’s played mostly in Challengers and has a 12-14 match record.

• In the next match on, German qualifier Mischa Zverev, who was runner-up here two years ago (l. to Simon), meets No. 8 seed and wild card Nikolay Davydenko. This will be their third meeting (tied 1-1) and Davydenko won the last time on French soil in Montpellier two years ago. Zverev is 0-2 on the ATP World Tour this season and 8-11 in Challengers. He is ranked No. 185. Davydenko has had an up-and-down campaign with a 17-19 match record and ranked No. 48. His best results are a pair of semi-finals in Rotterdam and Nice. The 31-year-old Russian last played in Metz in 2005, reaching the semi-finals.

• In the third match on, Belgian Xavier Malisse and Frenchman Benoit Paire square off for the first time. The 32-year-old Malisse is looking to even his match record on the season (20-21) and he’s reached one semi-final and four quarter-finals while reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon. Paire is one of the most improved players on the ATP World Tour this year, climbing from No. 95 last season to No. 51. He has a 21-20 match record and in May he reached his first ATP World Tour final in Belgrade (l. to Seppi). The 23-year-old Frenchman also advanced to a Grand Slam best third round at Wimbledon.

• In the evening session, 2009 Metz champion and No. 7 seed Gael Monfils makes his return to the ATP World Tour after being sidelined with a knee injury for nearly four months since Roland Garros. Monfils takes on Belgian Olivier Rochus, who holds a 3-2 head-to-head mark although the Frenchman has won the past two meetings. Monfils’ last match was on May 23 in Nice where he lost in the second round (after bye) to Brian Baker. Monfils has a 10-2 career mark in Metz and he was also a finalist in 2005 (l. to Ljubicic). Monfils was ranked No. 13 in his last tournament and this week is ranked No. 44. He has a 14-7 match record this season with a pair of runner-up results in Doha and Montpellier. Rochus helped his country back into the Davis Cup World Group over the weekend by clinching the 5-0 victory over Sweden with a doubles win (w/Bemelmans). Rochus is ranked No. 100 with a 10-21 match record on the season. His best result was a runner-up in Auckland in January (l. to Ferrer).

TUESDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs (Q) Kenny De Schepper (FRA)    First Meeting

Karlovic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Zagreb (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 10-13
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: February 28, 1979
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 90

De Schepper FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 29, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 211

(Q) Mischa Zverev (GER) vs (8-WC) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Tied 1-1
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R32 Mischa Zverev 6-4 7-6(3)
10 Montpellier (France) Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-3

Zverev FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-2
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 185

Davydenko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(2): Rotterdam (l Federer); Nice (l Baker)
YTD W-L: 17-19
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 21
Date of Birth: June 2, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 48

Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)   First Meeting

Malisse FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: s-Hertogenbosch (l Petzschner); QF(4): Bucharest (l Balazs); London / Queen's Club (l Nalbandian); Los Angeles (l Querrey); Washington (l Fish)
YTD W-L: 20-21
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: July 19, 1980
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 58

Paire FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Belgrade (l Seppi); SF: s-Hertogenbosch (l Ferrer); QF(2): Auckland (l Rochus); Casablanca (l Cipolla)
YTD W-L: 21-20
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 8, 1989
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 51

(7) Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Olivier Rochus (BEL) Rochus Leads 3-2
05 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Olivier Rochus 6-1 6-3 6-3
06 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay R64 Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-4 6-1
06 New Haven (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Olivier Rochus 6-4 6-3
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Gael Monfils 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-1
10 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard (I) R32 Gael Monfils 4-6 6-1 6-2
Other meeting:
04 Grenoble CH (France) Hard R32 Gael Monfils 1-6 7-6(9) 7-5
 
Monfils FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F(2): Doha (l Tsonga); Montpellier (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 14-7
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 44

Rochus FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Auckland (l Ferrer); QF: Memphis (l Raonic)
YTD W-L: 10-21
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: January 18, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 100

Court 1

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs (Q) Clement Reix (FRA)  First Meeting
 
Igor Sijsling (NED) vs (Q) Vincent Millot (FRA)    First Meeting


ST. PETERSBURG TUESDAY PREVIEW –  TOP SEED YOUZHNY, NO. 5 LACKO, NO. 6 LU HIGHLIGHT DAY TWO ACTION 
• There are four first round matches on Tuesday’s order of play at the St. Petersburg Open, with the No. 1,  5 and 6 seeds leading the way

• In the opening match on Centre Court, No. 6 seed Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei takes on Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut for the first time. Lu is ranked No. 64 and his best result was the quarter-finals at the Queen’s Club in London where he lost to eventual champion Marin Cilic. Bautista-Agut is ranked a career-high No. 87 and although he is only 1-7 in ATP World Tour play, the 24-year-old Spaniard has compiled a 25-7 mark in Challengers with three titles.

• In the next match on, No. 5 seed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia meets top Slovenian Grega Zemlja, who won the previous main draw meeting in the first round at Wimbledon last year. Lacko, who is making his tournament debut, is 12-16 on the season and in February he advanced to his first career ATP World Tour final in Zagreb (l. to Youzhny). Zemlja has a 6-6 mark and he’s ranked No. 69.

• In the evening session, top seed and No. 1 Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who won the title here in 2004 and was runner-up in 2002 and 2010, plays Canadian Vasek Pospisil for the first time. Youzhny owns a 27-9 career mark in St. Petersburg. In February he won his eighth career ATP World Tour title in Zagreb (d. Lacko). Pospisil, who is the No. 2 Canadian behind No. 15 Milos Raonic, is ranked No. 120 after reaching a career-high No. 85 on July 23. Pospisil is 2-12 in ATP World Tour level play and 17-7 in Challengers with two titles. Over the weekend he helped his country into next year’s Davis Cup World Group by winning the opening match in Montreal in Canada’s 4-1 victory over South Africa. 

TUESDAY FIRST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

Centre Court

(6) Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP)   First Meeting

Lu FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: London / Queen's Club (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 10-14
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 14, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 64

Bautista-Agut FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-7
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 14, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 87

(5) Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Grega Zemlja (SLO)  Zemlja Leads 1-0
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Grega Zemlja 6-4 3-6 7-6(8)   6-4
Other meetings:
09 Recanati CH (Italy) Hard R32 Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-3
12 Dubai Q (U.A.E.) Hard -- Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-4

Lacko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Zagreb (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 12-16
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 3, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 57

Zemlja FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 6-6
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 29, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 69

(1)Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)  First Meeting

Youzhny FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Zagreb (d Lacko); SF: Halle (l Federer); QF(4): Doha (l Nadal); Dubai (l Federer); Munich (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 24-15
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 29

Pospisil FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 2-12
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 23, 1990
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 120

Court 1

Florent Serra (FRA) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)  Serra Leads 1-0
08 Gstaad (Switzerland) Clay R32 Florent Serra 7-6(2) 7-6(5)

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