BET-AT-HOME OPEN - GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Federer, Haas Play For QF Spots Thursday In Hamburg
by Greg Sharko|
The first match of the day on Centre Court is the second meeting between No. 5 seed and reigning champion Juan Monaco and Frenchman/No. 9 seed Benoit Paire, who hit 13 aces and converted four of six break point opportunities in his 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4 in their only other meeting at ATP Masters 1000 Rome in May. The 29-year-old old Monaco is among the Top 10 clay court match wins leaders among active players at No. 5 with a 192-106 record and has seven career clay court titles. The 24-year-old Paire is looking to reach his 11th career ATP World Tour quarter-final and sixth on clay. Last week he reached the quarter-finals at Stuttgart (l. to Hanescu).
Following is the fifth ATP World Tour meeting between Spanish countrymen Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and No. 3 seed Nicolas Almagro. The series is tied 2-2, with Almagro winning the last two meetings, including last week at Bastad. This is the 45th meeting between two Spaniards on the ATP World Tour this season. The 30-year-old Garcia-Lopez is looking to reach his fifth career ATP World Tour quarter-final (all this year). He is looking for his second win of the year over a Top 20 opponent (1-4 record). He defeated No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic at Bucharest in April. The 27-year-old Almagro is looking to reach his 52nd career ATP World Tour quarter-final on clay (31-20 record) and seventh this year (4-2 record). The 2011 runner-up is among the Top 10 clay court active match wins leaders at No 3 with a 227-107 mark.
The next match is a first- time meeting between Argentinian Carlos Berlocq and German/No. 2 seed Tommy Haas. Both players are two of the 13 players 30-over in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings. The 30-year-old Berlocq, who captured his maiden ATP World Tour title in Bastad last week, is on a seven-match winning streak and one of six first-time titlists on the ATP World Tour this year. He is looking to reach his 16th career ATP World Tour quarter-final (all on clay). The 35-year-old Haas is trying to reach his 10th ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year and 22nd career clay-court quarter-final - 10-10 record in clay court quarter-finals. He withdrew prior to his QF (vs. Nieminen) at Dusseldorf.
In the fourth match on Centre Court, four-time champion and top seed Roger Federer faces Czech Republic qualifier Jan Hajek for the first time. The 31-year-old Federer is looking to reach his eighth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year and 38th career quarter-final on clay. The former World No. 1 enters at No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Ranking, ranked outside the Top 4 for the first time in a decade. The 29-year-old Hajek is looking to reach his fifth career ATP World Tour quarter-final, 1-3 (0-2 in 2013). The Czech veteran is looking for his first career win over a Top 10 opponent (0-6 record).
The last match of the day is a the fifth meeting between Spanish No. 11 seed Feliciano Lopez and German Florian Mayer. Lopez leads 3-1 and he won their only other encounter on clay at Kitzbühel in 2005. The 31-year-old Lopez is looking to reach his 19th career ATP World Tour quarter-final on clay and first since Gstaad (l. to Bellucci) last year. The Madrid native won his third career ATP World Tour title, first on grass in Eastbourne last month. The 29-year-old Mayer is looking to reach his third ATP World Tour quarter-final this year (Munich, Halle) on home soil, fourth overall.
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