• Stuttgart - Youzhny faces Ferrero on Thursday

    7/14/11 7:32 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Stuttgart - Youzhny faces Ferrero on Thursday Tournament seed Mikhail Youzhny looks to reach the Mercedes Cup quarterfinal, as he takes to the court against former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. The players are set to contest their fourth meeting late Thursday.

    (3) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero

    World No. 17 Mikhail Youzhny trails round of 16 opponent Juan Carlos Ferrero 1-2 in the series. The two are meeting for the first time since 2009, when the Spaniard won a first-round match at Wimbledon.

    Youzhny began his bid with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Philipp Petzschner. The 29-year-old Russian is bidding for his third quarterfinal berth of the season.

    World No. 85 Juan Carlos Ferrero recorded a first-round win against lucky loser Bastian Knittel, 6-2, 6-4. The 31-year-old veteran looks to make his first quarter since April, when he advanced to the last eight in Barcelona.

    (8) Guillermo-Garcia Lopez vs. (WC) Lukasz Kubot

    Eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez leads wildcard Lukasz Kubot 1-0 in the series, having won their only previous meeting at the 2010 US Open.

    Garcia-Lopez opened his Mercedes Cup effort with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of veteran Radek Stepanek. The 28-year-old Spaniard is bidding for his first quarterfinal since April, when he made the final eight in Houston.

    World No. 69 Lukasz Kubot overcame a difficult opening round, having held on to defeat Daniel Gimeno-Traver in three sets, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2. The 29-year-old will attempt to reach his first quarterfinal since Acapulco.

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