ATP Munich 2013 Draw Preview and Analysis

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Alongside the Portugal Open, the BMW Open in Munich is one of two ATP 250 tournaments this week on the clay. One of the oldest tournaments in history, the first edition was held in 1900. Winners of the tournament include Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas and more recently the likes of Fernando Gonzalez and Roger Federer have been champions here. A number of Germans have won the tournament here, most recently Philipp Kohlschreiber who added the 2012 title to his victory in 2007.

Top seed here is Janko Tipsarevic, who suffered yet another disappointing tournament in Bucharest. He lost in three sets to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, still struggling for consistency since taking the title in Chennai at the top of the year. Thomaz Bellucci is more than capable of defeating Tipsarevic should he see off Grega Zemlja. However, the Brazilian retired before his match in Barcelona last week so injury doubts are surfacing. One of two German wildcards, Tobias Kamke ensures there will be a German in the next round after drawing Daniel Brands. Brands has shown massive improvement this year with a record of 15-1 in qualifying matches to add to his 9-8 record in main draws. Brands made the quarter finals of Bucharest before losing to Gilles Simon while Kamke was easy pickings for Viktor Troicki in the same tournament. A second wildcard is drawn next to Kamke in the draw in Gael Monfils – the Frenchman plays Jurgen Melzer. Monfils holds a 3-0 (2-0 on clay) record over Melzer but much like Bellucci, he withdrew from his last tournament in Bucharest whilst down a set to Daniel Brands.

Two-times winner Philipp Kohlschreiber has a handy quarter and should expect to make the semi finals at least as third seed. First up will either be a qualifier or Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis has yet to play on the dirt and has found it difficult in recent years going 6-12 on the surface. Viktor Troicki also plays a qualifier with the winner taking on the victor of Mikhail Youzhny (2010 champion) and Radek Stepanek. The match sees two of the veterans face off for for the seventh time but for only the second time on clay. Their head to head spans 10 years with the one clay meeting a 2003 Davis Cup meeting in which Youzhny came out on top. Youzhny also won the last two meetings on the grass of Wimbledon and Halle respectively, the latter in 2012. You would have to favour the Russian here, given Stepanek’s struggles on clay in recent years going just 2-8 since the start of last year.

In the bottom half of the draw, seedings suggest that an all-German quarter final is very possible. Florian Mayer plays a qualifier and then either Marinko Matosevic or wildcard Kevin Krawietz if he advances. 372nd ranked Krawietz has won a number of clay Futures but has done very little at Challenger, his best result making the Prague quarter final last year. Matosevic has actually played Krawietz once before, defeating him at this tournament last year in qualifying. It could be said that Tommy Haas‘ return to form really kicked off at this tournament last year when he made the semi final, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the way to the semi finals. Unfortunately for Haas, he managed to draw two of the toughest possible unseeded players. Jarkko Nieminen has been in good form this year and topped it off with victory over Juan Martin Del Potro in Monte Carlo a fortnight ago while Ernests Gulbis (leads Head to Head 3-0) is always going to be dangerous if motivated. On his way to the Delray Beach title, Gulbis defeated Haas but not before recovering from 0-40 down in the final set at 5-5 which will stick in the back of Haas’ mind should they meet once more.

A losing finalist last year, Marin Cilic rounds off the final quarter of the draw. He plays Nikolay Davydenko or Ivan Dodig first up. Davydenko has won a match in every tournament except one this year, but has followed it up with seven losses in the second matches of his tournaments. A similar showing this tournament would not be surprising given Dodig’s struggles on clay (3-8 since start of 2012 in main draw matches) with Cilic then extending his head to head over Davydenko to 4-2. Poor serving hindered Alexandr Dolgopolov in Monte Carlo, where he lost from a set and break up to Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round. He served less than 40% first serves in both matches in that tournament and will need to improve to challenge for the title here but can ease his way into the tournament with a qualifier first up. It will be interesting to see if Dmitry Tursunov can keep up his form from last week, where he defeated David Ferrer in Barcelona. The Russian plays Paul Henri-Mathieu who is now on a six match losing streak in main draws, winning just one set in the process.

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