• Ferrer eyes Wimbledon with 's-Hertogenbosch defense

    6/16/13 4:12 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer eyes Wimbledon with 's-Hertogenbosch defense Players will be fine-tuning their games for Wimbledon when they take the court this week in 's-Hertogenbosch. Among the contenders are David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka.

    As weeks before Grand Slams go, the Topshelf Open boasts an impressive lineup. Although Wimbledon is on the immediate horizon, two Top 10 players are taking their talents to 's-Hertogenbosch and they are are joined by three additional contestants in the Top 20.

    No. 1 seed David Ferrer is a two-time champion of this event after triumphing in 2012. The Spaniard's most difficult test of the entire week prior to a possible final against Stanislas Wawrinka could come right away against Xavier Malisse. An accomplished grass-court performer, Malisse advanced one round at Queen's Club before losing to Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 in the third. Ferrer's nearest seed is Marcos Baghdatis, who has lost his opening match in nine consecutive tournaments.

    Wawrinka, ranked 10th in the world as of Sunday, also faces a tough opener at the other end of the bracket. Igor Sijsling is a big hitter who is heating up at the moment. The Dutchman played well on clay and he won two matches in the Queen's Club main draw before falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

    John Isner, Benoit Paire, and Jeremy Chardy also headline the 's-Hertogenbosch field. Chardy missed out on a Top 4 seed and as a result he finds himself in the same quarter as Wawrinka. Paire will contest an intriguing first-rounder against fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra, with whom Paire has had plenty of bad blood in the past. Isner has a favorable road through the bracket's second quarter and he should book a spot alongside Ferrer in the semis as long as his serve is working.

    Also keep an eye on Daniel Brands, whose 2013 grass debut in Halle was a major disappointment in the aftermath of his commendable showing against Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Brands has a great draw in 's-Hertogenbosch and could meet the Paire-Llodra winner in the quarterfinals.

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