ATP Dusseldorf 2013 Draw Preview and Analysis

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Full draw here: ATP Dusseldorf 2013 Draw

Formerly the World Team Cup, the Power Horse Cup has become a singles event for the first time replacing the round robin team event that previously was held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The ATP 250 event boasts three top 20 players while notable late withdrawals include Nicolas Almagro and Grigor Dimitrov.

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic opens against a qualifier – either Guido Pella or Lukas Kubot. Kubot won all three matches in straights while Pella had two tough three setters in the latter rounds to qualify. Since the Australian Open, Tipsarevic has won more than one match in a tournament just once and currently holds a 11-10 record on the year. David Goffin plays Grega Zemlja who failed to qualify in Rome in his last outing while Goffin lost after holding a third set break in Bordeaux to eventual champion Gael Monfils. Michael Russell plays his first match of the year on European clay and will have his work cut out against seventh seed Viktor Troicki. He was swept aside by Ernests Gulbis in Rome but more notable was his meltdown over a poor line call.

Third seed Juan Monaco was part of a winning Argentina team in Dusseldorf in 2010 and will be hoping for individual success this year. He plays either Go Soeda or Andre Ghem in round two. Soeda rarely plays on clay and has just five main draw matches in 5 years while Ghem will be playing only his fourth main tour match and has a good chance of victory. The Brazilian defeated two seeds on the way to qualifying for the tournament. A German-Russian encounter is guaranteed in round two with Tobias Kamke and Benjamin Becker taking on each other with the winner playing either Nikolay Davydenko or Dmitry Tursunov. Wildcard Becker won the only meeting between the two in Basel last year while the head to head between the Russians is slightly more one sided. Davydenko leads 5-0 but the last meeting was in 2013. Given the head to head, Davydenko will fancy his chances at ending his current four match losing streak.

Sunday saw the Czechs have mixed fortunes with Lukas Rosol a shock loser to Daniel Brands while Jan Hajek saw off Evgeny Donskoy with ease. Brands now plays Hajek in round two and has a great chance of defeating a second Czech in the tournament. Brands looked impressive in his semi final run in Munich and has a chance to go deep in his home country once more. That run was ended eventually by Philipp Kohlschreiber who is a possible quarter final opponent for Brands. The fourth seed plays Igor Sijsling or qualifier Evgeny Korolev who defeated top seed Aljaz Bedene to make it into the tournament.

Tommy Haas is amongst the favourites to win here having won in Munich before a disappointing early exit in Rome to Mikhail Youzhny. He defeated Ivan Dodig on his way to the title there, in addition to defeating the Croatian at Delray Beach. Dodig defeated Blaz Kavcic in straights to earn his third shot at Haas this year. After back-to-back defeats to Ernests Gulbis in Munich and Rome, Jarkko Nieminen will be relieved to learn the Latvian isn’t in Germany and instead he will open against Lukas Lacko. Consecutive first round exits in Asian hard court challengers are less than ideal preparation for the Slovakian who is 0-6 on the clay since the start of 2011. An injury saw Gilles Muller retire in Oeiras a set down and he returns in Dusseldorf, opening against Roberto Bautista-Agut. Bautista-Agut hasn’t played since Monte Carlo after a wrist injury put him out of action a few weeks back.

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