• Ferrero, Melzer take the court in Stuttgart

    7/13/10 11:24 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrero, Melzer take the court in Stuttgart Juan Carlos Ferrero and Jurgen Melzer will play their opening matches in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Gilles Simon is also in action as he is set to go up against Simon Greul.

    Horacio Zeballos vs. (4) Juan Carlos Ferrero

    Following a first-round bye at the Mercedes Cup, Ferrero will make his 2010 Stuttgart debut against Zeballos on Wednesday. This is the first career head-to-head meeting between the two players and it is coming on both men's favorite surface--clay. Zeballos showed of his prowess on the slow stuff with a straight-set win over Andreas Beck on Tuesday. Ferrero, ranked 22 spots ahead of his opponent at No. 21 in the world, dominated the February clay-court swing but has cooled off of late. Zeballos definitely has a chance, but look for Ferrero to hold him off in three sets.

    (WC) Mischa Zverev vs. (2) Jurgen Melzer

    Zverev and Melzer will be squaring off for the second time in their careers and second time as many months when they meet in the second round. They faced each other in a thriller just recently on the grass courts of Halle, where Zverev prevailed 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3). Melzer, however, was just coming off a semifinal performance at the French Open and will be more well-rested this time. The 15th-ranked Austrian also reached the Wimbledon fourth round, so he is in outstanding form. Zverev will have the German crowd behind him, but Melzer in three sets is the pick.

    (7) Gilles Simon vs. Simon Greul

    Simon has been destroyed by knee problems over the past year, but he is back on the court and took out Dustin Brown in a third-set tiebreaker on Tuesday. The match was not as close as the score suggested, as the 33rd-ranked Frenchman was the better player from start to finish. Greul, though, is a better clay-court player than Brown and the German kicked off his Stuttgart campaign by defeating countryman Michael Berrer in straight sets. The world No. 73 probably won't even need his home fans in order to be competitive with the No. 7 seed, but Simon should be able to survive in three.

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