ATP Vienna 2012 Draw Preview And Analysis

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It’s a busier week on the ATP Tour this week with Vienna being one of three indoor tournaments to look forward to in Europe. Since it’s introduction in 1974, winners here have included Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Boris Becker and more recently the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been victorious. This year’s field is led by Juan Martin Del Potro, a losing finalist last year. Home favourite and two-time winner Jurgen Melzer is seeded fourth.

Juan Martin Del Potro can ease himself into the tournament, taking on the winner of an all-qualifier first round match. After finally ending his losing run against Albert Ramos, Lukas Lacko took to the challenger tour to regain confidence, making the final in Tashkent. His round one opponent is the Austrian wildcard Dominic Thiem. Thiem has remained on the futures circuit for much of his early career but impressed in Rennes challenger. Thiem is also a French Open junior finalist, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo in 2011. Since winning Kitzbuhel, Robin Haase has been in dreadful form winning just once, as well as a shock defeat to Hiroki Moriya in Bangkok a few weeeks back. He will be hoping to get back to winning ways when he takes on Aussie Marinko Matosevic. Haase was successful in their only former meeting, defeating Matosevic in straight sets this year in Miami.

As fourth seed, Jurgen Melzer begins with bye but will then face a tricky second round match. Gilles Muller‘s big lefty serve will always cause trouble on a fast surface like this while other potential opponent Steve Darcis is a surprise name in the tiebreak winners leaders. The Belgian does lead the head to head 2-0 at challenger level but the two have not played for four years. Wildcard and former finalist Andreas Haider-Maurer begins with a qualifier, hoping for the chance to most likely take on the erratic Benoit Paire. Despite losing in straights, Paire picked up many new fans in his defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Shanghai last week and really should have taken at least one set. Paire takes on Paolo Lorenzi to start with. Lorenzi has always preferred the clay and should be easy enough for Paire to deal with. Last time on the main tour, Lorenzi was 1-6 1-3 down against Guillermo Garcia Lopez before retiring in St Petersburg.

After an impressive week in Shanghai, veteran Tommy Haas has a great chance of going deep in this tournament. His quarter isn’t really the strongest and he should see off either Lukasz Kubot or Jesse Levine easily in the opener. Levine is still struggling to make much of a dent on the main tour and lost to his Polish opponent early in the year on the indoor courts of Memphis in straights. Xavier Malisse will play a qualifier before facing the winner of Matthew Ebden and Filippo Volandri. Volandri is a surprise entrant here given that he rarely competes off of clay (0-5 on the year).

A Haas rematch with Janko Tipsarevic from Shanghai looks very possible with nothing to suggest anyone in the quarter will trouble the second seed. He begins facing either Ernests Gulbis or a returning Somdev Devvarman. Devvarman is entering the tournament on the back of his protected ranking but is still short on matches, playing just four times and losing all four this year. Meanwhile, Gulbis’ problem is and always has been consistency. He retired in his last tournament in Orleans but has had two weeks to recover since. A surprise finalist in the last indoor tournament, Fabio Fognini will take confidence that he can trouble opponents on quicker surfaces now. He struggled in Asia against more accomplished opponents but will expect to defeat Donald Young who, despite finally ending his losing streak a few weeks back, is still a very beatable opponent for Fognini. Aljaz Bedene first burst onto the scene in this tournament last year, defeating Ivo Karlovic and taking a set from Tommy Haas. He has failed to kick on at the main tour level but could have had a worse draw than Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The Spaniard was bagelled by Bernard Tomic in his last indoor tournament in Bangkok.

Finals Prediction – Juan Martin Del Potro defeats Tommy Haas

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