• Youznhy in action on Monday, Baghdatis faces Stepanek

    4/11/11 2:33 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Youznhy in action on Monday, Baghdatis faces Stepanek Former World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis has a difficult opening round in Monte-Carlo, as he takes on veteran Radek Stepanek. Tournament seed Mikhail Youzhny is also on tap for Monday, set to meet Florian Mayer.

    (10) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Florian Mayer

    World No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny looks to break a 3-3 series tie with Florian Mayer on Monday. The two last battled at the 2010 Masters Shanghai, where the German held on to win a round of 32 match in three sets. The players are level at 1-1 on clay.

    Youzhny is a modest 7-5 through five ATP World Tour events. The 28-year-old, set to compete in his seventh Rolex Masters, will attempt to record his first Monte-Carlo victory since 2007.

    World No. 36 Florian Mayer makes his return to competition after reaching the round of 16 at the Sony Ericsson Open. The 27-year-old is bidding for his first Monte-Carlo win since 2005, when he defeated Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the first round.

    Prediction: Youzhny in three sets.

    Marcos Baghdatis vs. (WC) Radek Stepanek

    World No. 26 Marcos Baghdatis leads first-round opponent Radek Stepanek 2-1 in the head-to-head series. The two are meeting for the first time since 2007, when the Cypriot rallied to a three-set victory in Rome.

    Baghdatis looks to regroup after a disappointing run in Casablanca. The 25-year-old was seeded second at the tournament, where he fell to qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov in the round of 16. He remains in search of his maiden Monte-Carlo win since his debut in 2007.

    World No. 68 Radek Stepanek has struggled over the last few months, unable to win consecutive matches since making the final four in Brisbane. The 32-year-old veteran looks to record his first win in Monte-Carlo since 2007.

    Prediction: Stepanek in three sets.

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