2011 German Open Preview: Gael Monfils Leads Stacked Field in Hamburg
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The top six seeded players are the same ones that lost in the early rounds of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart last week.
He could face fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, a man he hasn’t beaten in three matches, in the semifinal.
In the other half, tennis fans could be treated to matchups between World No. 20 Florian Mayer and Janko Tipsarevic, Nicolas Almagro and Albert Montanes, Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Verdasco, and Melzer and Fabio Fognini.
The other ATP event this week is the Atlanta Tennis Championships, a 250 level event. World No. 9 Mardy Fish is the top-seeded player, followed by 35th-ranked Kevin Anderson of South Africa and John Isner.
The American won both of his previous matches against Devvarman in straight sets.
He could meet fourth-seeded Xavier Malisse in the semifinal. Before that happens, Malisse needs to work his way through a quarter that includes former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, Grigor Dimitrov and Ryan Harrison.
In the bottom half, former top 10 player James Blake takes on Ernests Gulbis in the first round, and if he wins plays Isner in the second round. This section of the draw also features seventh-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, Tommy Haas, Robby Ginepri and Donald Young.
The winner receives 250 ranking points and a $96,800 check.
This story originally appeared at Tennis Now.
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