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Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur Tuesday Preview

BANGKOK TUESDAY PREVIEW – SEEDS VERDASCO, TROICKI, TOMIC HEADLINE DAY TWO ACTION 

• There are eight first round matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Thailand Open with three seeds and last year’s finalist in action.

• In the opening match on Center Court, Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine takes on No. 6 seed and 2009 runner-up Viktor Troicki, who has won three of the previous four meetings in straight sets. Stakhovsky is ranked No. 96 with a 14-25 match record (10-15 on hard) this season. Troicki is 5-3 lifetime in Bangkok and the No. 3 Serb (behind No. 2 Djokovic, No. 9 Tipsarevic) enters with a 23-23 match record on the year. His best results are a pair of quarter-finals in Doha and Rotterdam.

• In the next match on, Tatsuma Ito of Japan and No. 5 seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain meet for the first time. Ito has put together a breakthrough season on the ATP World Tour, advancing to the quarter-finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June and reaching a career-high No. 65 on June 25 (No. 67 this week). He’s also won two Challenger titles. Verdasco, who missed the North American summer circuit with a left wrist injury before returning to the US Open (3rd Rd.), is playing in Bangkok for the third time (3-2 mark). His best result was the semi-finals in 2007. His best result this season is a runner-up in Acapulco in March (l. to Ferrer).

• In the third match, last year’s runner-up Donald Young and Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei square off for the first time.  Last year Young defeated No. 9 Gael Monfils in the semi-finals before falling to No. 4 Andy Murray in the final. Young went on to finish a career year-end best No. 39. This season Young has struggled with a 3-22 match record and he snapped a 17-match losing streak with a first round win in Winston-Salem last month. Young is ranked No. 124 this week. Lu comes in with a 10-15 match record and No. 65 ranking. His best result is the quarter-finals at the Queen’s Club in London where he lost to eventual champion Marin Cilic.

• In the evening session, No. 8 seed and top Aussie Bernard Tomic makes his Bangkok debut against 2010 champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a first-time meeting. The 19-year-old Tomic, who is the only teenager in the Top 100, is 24-23 on the season and ranked No. 41 after reaching a career-high No. 27 on June 11. His best result was the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to Murray) in the opening week of the season. Garcia-Lopez, who defeated countryman No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Jarkko Nieminen in the final two years ago, comes in with a 20-20 match record on the season.

• In the final match, Chinese Taipei qualifier Tsung-Hua Yang and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for the first time. Yang, who was the No. 1 junior in the world in 2008, is playing in his first ATP World Tour tournament of the season, is ranked No. 249. The 21-year-old reached a career-high No. 164 on May 14. He’s compiled a 15-16 match record on the Challenger circuit. The 21-year-old Dimitrov has reached three ATP World Tour semi-finals this season along with a 19-14 match record.

• On Court 1, there are three matches, including No. 7 seed and 2010 runner-up Jarkko Nieminen of Finland against Yuichi Sugita of Japan. Top Israeli Dudi Sela takes on Swiss wild card Marco Chiudinelli and top Dutchman Robin Haase plays Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya.

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

Centre Court

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs (6) Viktor Troicki (SRB) Troicki Leads 3-1
08 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard R16 Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(7) 3-6 6-4
09 Zagreb (Croatia) Hard QF Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-2
11 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 Viktor Troicki 6-4 7-5
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard R32 Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-4

Stakhovsky FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 14-25 (10-15 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: January 6, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 96

Troicki FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF(2): Doha (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 23-23 (11-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 10, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 31

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) vs (5) Fernando Verdasco (ESP)  First Meeting

Ito FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: s-Hertogenbosch (l Paire)
YTD W-L: 7-13 (2-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 18, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 67

Verdasco FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Acapulco (l Ferrer); SF(3): Auckland (l Ferrer); Barcelona (l Nadal); Umag (l Granollers); QF(2): Sao Paulo (l Ramos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 27-17 (6-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 15, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 23

Donald Young (USA) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)   First Meeting

Young FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-22 (3-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 23, 1989
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 124

Lu FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: London / Queen's Club (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 10-15 (6-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 14, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 65

(8) Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)   First Meeting

Tomic FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Brisbane (l Murray); QF(2): Delray Beach (l Isner); Munich (l Lopez)
YTD W-L: 24-23 (15-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 41

Garcia-Lopez FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF: Stuttgart (l Monaco); QF(3): Auckland (l Verdasco); Casablanca (l Andreev); St. Petersburg (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 20-20 (10-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 4, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 63

(Q) Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) First Meeting

Yang FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 1-3 (1-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: March 29, 1991
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 249

Dimitrov FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
SF(3): London / Queen's Club (l Nalbandian); Bastad (l Ferrer); Gstaad (l Bellucci)
YTD W-L: 19-14 (5-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 56

Court 1

Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (WC) Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)  Chiudinelli Leads 1-0
09 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Marco Chiudinelli 4-6 6-1 6-4

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs (Q) Yuichi Sugita (JPN)   First Meeting

(Q) Hiroki Moriya (JPN) vs Robin Haase (NED)    First Meeting

KUALA LUMPUR TUESDAY PREVIEW – DAY TWO MENU INCLUDES VETERAN, YOUTH, DOUBLES SEEDS
• There are three singles and five doubles matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur with a variety of players in action.

• In the first match on Center Court, 38-year-old Austrian qualifier Julian Knowle takes on Spaniard Albert Ramos for the first time. Knowle, who is a 14-time doubles winner on the ATP World Tour, including the 2007 US Open, is playing in his first singles main draw on tour since Chennai in January 2005 (l. to Moya). Knowle’s last main draw singles win came in St. Poelten in May 2004. The last 38-year-old to qualify into a main draw was Belgian Dick Norman in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June 2009. Ramos is ranked No. 48 and he advanced to his first ATP World Tour final in Casablanca in April (l. to Andujar). He is making his second straight visit to Kuala Lumpur after falling to countryman Nicolas Almagro in the second round last year.

• In the next match on, former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko and Dick Norman meet Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin in a first round match. Davydenko won the singles title here three years ago.

• In the final day match, Carlos Berlocq of Argentina and No. 7 seed Julien Benneteau square off for the second time. Berlocq won the previous meeting in four sets in the first round at Roland Garros in 2007. Berlocq is putting together the best season of his career with a ranking of No. 49 and the quarter-finals or better in six tournaments. In February, he reached his first ATP World Tour final in Vina del Mar (l. to Monaco). Benneteau is ranked No. 34 and he was runner-up in Sydney in January (l. to Nieminen) and semi-finalist in San Jose in February.

• In the evening session, there are a pair of doubles matches leading off with No. 3 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares meeting the wild card squad of Yew-Ming Si and Jimmy Wang. In the next match, Jurgen Melzer and Juan Monaco play James Cerretani and Matthew Ebden.

• On Court 1, there are two doubles matches and a singles match in between with Matthew Ebden against 20-year-old Philip Davydenko, who is making his ATP World Tour main draw debut. Davydenko, ranked No. 1066, is the nephew of Nikolay Davydenko. He’s been playing Futures and Challenger events in his short career. Ebden is ranked No. 64, one spot off his career-high last week.

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

Center Court

(Q) Julian Knowle (AUT) vs Albert Ramos (ESP) First Meeting

Knowle FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 29, 1974
South African Airways ATP Ranking: N/A

Ramos FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Casablanca (l Andujar); SF(2): Sao Paulo (l Almagro); Estoril (l Gasquet); QF(3): Doha (l Tsonga); Bastad (l Dimitrov); Hamburg (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 22-24 (6-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 17, 1988
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 48

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs (7) Julien Benneteau (FRA) Berlocq Leads 1-0
07 Roland Garros (France) Clay R128 Carlos Berlocq 6-7(5)  7-5 6-2 6-3

Berlocq FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Vina del Mar (l Monaco); QF(5): Sao Paulo (l Almagro); Buenos Aires (l Nalbandian); Acapulco (l Giraldo); Houston (l Lopez); Umag (l Dolgopolov)
YTD W-L: 22-25 (4-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
 Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 3, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 49

Benneteau FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
F: Sydney (l Nieminen); SF: San Jose (l Istomin)
YTD W-L: 21-19 (13-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 20, 1981
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 34

Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs (WC) Philip Davydenko (RUS)  First Meeting

Ebden FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
QF: Atlanta (l Muller)
YTD W-L: 14-19 (12-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 26, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 64

Davydenko FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 2, 1992
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1066

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