While a tennis event in Dusseldorf is nothing new, the Dusseldorf Open is in just a second edition having replaced the World Team Cup event that had been hosted since the late 70s. Juan Monaco won the event as third seed last year but a poor year means he will be unseeded going into this tournament.
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Top seed will be Philipp Kohlschreiber who had a decent run in Rome, saving match points against Jerzy Janowicz and taking Novak Djokovic to three sets. He begins against the winner of Teymuraz Gabashvili and Dusan Lajovic. Gabashvili’s year has been strange – going from defeating David Ferrer in straight sets to losing against Lukasz Kubot in successive weeks shows quite the inconsistency. Michal Przysiezny plays a qualifier that could include Alexander Zverev and Jason Kubler while fifth seed Yen-Hsun Lu will be there for the taking for Dustin Brown. Although a small sample size, the wildcard has a winning record on clay on the ATP tour this year but a losing one on the Challenger Tour.
Andreas Seppi will be glad Tommy Haas has chosen not to compete this year given he has lost to the German two of the past three events on clay. Seppi should be confident of beating either Marinko Matosevic or Adrian Mannarino in his first match, giving both players aren’t overly comfortable on the surface although Matosevic at least has a few wins to his name recently. Denis Istomin was a shock loser to Boy Westerhof in Samarkand Challenger last week but returns to the main tour to play Jarkko Nieminen, whom he is 0-3 against. The winner faces a qualifier in round two.
Igor Sijsling defeated Tommy Haas in Madrid but failed to repeat the trick when they met once more in the second round of Rome. He faces Jiri Vesely for the second time this year hoping to tie up the head to head after losing a final set tie break in Indian Wells. It was 2012 when Dudi Sela last won a tour match on clay and despite Nikolay Davydenko‘s form, it is hard to see him ending that run against the Russian. Jurgen Melzer showed he was still capable on the dirt, with impressive wins over John Isner and Marin Cilic in Rome before losing to Andy Murray. The Austrian faces Pablo Carreno Busta who was shocked by Ivo Karlovic last week in Rome to push his record to 6-9 on the year. Round two opponent Joao Sousa has a win over both players in the past 12 months, although neither were on clay.
Wildcard Tobias Kamke is just 2-6 on the year in main tour play and will look for win number three over Ivo Karlovic. The Croatian gave Grigor Dimitrov a test in a tight two set match in Rome but is currently just 1-4 on the year on clay. The final wildcard in the draw is Nikola Milojevic. The Serbian youngster is a former No.1 junior and French Open Boys semi finalist. He will play a qualifier in his first ATP main draw match. Last year’s winner Juan Monaco faces Benjamin Becker in round one. Becker rarely plays on the surface and has won just three matches on it since the start of 2013 at Challenger and ATP level. The winner of this tie faces second seed Marcel Granollers who has a 3-1 record over Monaco. They are 1-1 on clay but the most recent meeting was won by Granollers in the Kitzbuhel final last year.
SF: Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Jarkko Nieminen
SF: Marcel Granollers def. Jurgen Melzer
F: Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Marcel Granollers