• Hamburg - Monfils, Youzhny look toward quarterfinal

    7/21/11 12:01 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Hamburg - Monfils, Youzhny look toward quarterfinal Tournament seeds Gael Monfils and Mikhail Youzhny are set to headline third-round play on Thursday, as they take on respective opponents Radek Stepanek and Julian Reister. The players are vying for a quarterfinal berth.

    (1) Gael Monfils vs. Radek Stepanek

    World No. 7 Gael Monfils holds a 4-2 lifetime advantage against round of 16 opponent Radek Stepanek. Thursday signals their second meeting on clay.

    Monfils made a successful 2011 Hamburg debut with a straight-set victory over Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos. The 24-year-old Frenchman is bidding for his fifth quarterfinal this season.

    World No. 57 Radek Stepanek reached the third round after ousting 13th seed Andreas Seppi in straight sets. The 32-year-old Czech looks to make his fourth Tour-level quarter in 2011.

    Prediction: Monfils in three sets.

    (4) Mikhail Youzhny vs. (WC) Julian Reister

    Fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the third round, following his straight-set success over Argentine Carlos Berlocq. The 29-year-old Russian will attempt to make his first quarterfinal since February, when he finished among the final four in Marseilles.

    World No. 155 Julian Reister upset 14th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round, 7-6(5), 6-2. The 25-year-old wildcard remains on track to reach his first Tour-level quarterfinal this year.

    Prediction: Youzhny in straight sets.

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