The post-Wimbledon clay swing carries on with the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad in Switzerland. The biggest news surrounding the tournament is that of Roger Federer‘s appearance, his first at the tournament since 2004. He comes into this tournament hoping to reverse his slump, with a shocking semi final defeat to Federico Delbonis in Hamburg following his early Wimbledon exit.
Full Draw Here: ATP Gstaad 2013 Draw
Federer played Daniel Brands in the second round in Hamburg, coming from a set down to seal a 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory and could well face the German at the same stage this week too. Wildcard Marco Chiudinelli stands between the two but the Swiss doesn’t fare well on the clay so it should be fairly straight forward for Brands. The other Swiss wildcard, Henri Laaksonen, also has a tough match as he takes on Roberto Bautista-Agut. The eighth seed was defeated early in Hamburg but had a good run in Stuttgart the previous week, losing to eventual winner Fabio Fognini in the semi finals. The other defeated semi finalist that week, Victor Hanescu, will face a qualifier. Jan Hernych and Dustin Brown are amongst those fighting for the qualifying spots.
Juan Monaco made his second quarter final running on the clay in Hamburg but should go at least one better given his quarter here. He begins against either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Adrian Ungur. Ungur has played just one match on the main tour on clay this year, winning just four games against David Goffin as he struggles to make the step up from the Challenger circuit in which he has been fairly succesful. Monaco holds a 4-2 record over Lopez and won their last meeting on clay in a three setter in Stuttgart. Pablo Andujar begins with a qualifier while Mikhail Youzhny faces Paul Henri-Mathieu. It will be their eighth meeting with Youzhny currently leading the head to head 5-2. The Russian is 3-1 on clay with the most famous meeting being his 2002 comeback from two sets down in the Davis Cup final.
Lukas Rosol is in somewhat of a slump, losing his last four matches including a surprisingly one sided affair with Tobias Kamke which the German took 6-3 6-0. Marcel Granollers isn’t the easiest of opponents and could take advantage of the out-of-form Czech. Rosol leads the head to head although that was a 3 set victory on the hard courts of Miami. Man of the moment Federico Delbonis is into the Hamburg final and playing some outstanding tennis to solidify himself inside the top 100. He faces a tough test against defending champion Thomasz Bellucci in round one. Janko Tipsarevic switches continents and surfaces after his exit from Bogota and will face either Robin Haase or a qualifier in round two.
Stanislas Wawrinka has a great chance of taking the title here and of beating Federer despite the lopsided head to head that currently stands at 1-13. Wimbledon was a disappointment but his pre-French Open form was outstanding and should solidify him as a favourite to make the final from this half. He will most likely play Daniel Gimeno-Traver in his opener unless the big serving Frenchman Kenny de Schepper can pull off a shock. Wawrinka already has a victory over the Spaniard this year, winning 6-1 6-4 on his way to the Buenos Aires final. Feliciano Lopez plays a qualifier while the Wimbledon giant-killer Sergiy Stakhovsky faces Andrey Kuznetsov. Stakhovsky came crashing back down to earth with back to back defeats in Germany, the latter in a disappointing 6-0 6-3 qualifying defeat to Cedrik Marcel-Stebe.
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