A first time encounter is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the BMW Open between Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and will likely be an entertaining match-up considering Ramos is currently finding his from on clay.
Hewitt, 33, has had a successful resurgence in 2014, as he bag his season with a victory over 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to win the Brisbane title. He also earned his 600th victory several weeks back when he defeated Robin Haase in the opening round of the Miami Masters. Hewitt will be looking to win his third clay court title, and his first in Munich.
Hewitt is 2-1 in Munich, and is playing the tournament for the first time since 2009.
- Hewitt has only ever won two clay court titles. His last one was in 2009.
- The Australian is after his 30th title on the tour.
World No. 117 Albert Ramos dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since June 2011 earlier this month. He has only reached one quarterfinal so far this season, in Buenos Aires where he lost 2-6, 1-6 to eventual champion David Ferrer. To begin his week in Barcelona, Ramos beat Nikolay Davydenko of Russia before losing to Nadal the following round.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and will likely be an entertaining contest. Ramos plays his best on clay and has had time to practice on the dirt surface ahead of this tournament, while Hewitt has only played two matches in Houston. It will be interesting to see if the Spaniard is capable of pulling off the upset tomorrow afternoon.
Prediction: Lleyton Hewitt in Three Sets