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  • Melzer, Stepanek square off in Memphis semis

    2/25/12 3:50 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Melzer, Stepanek square off in Memphis semis A spot in the title match will be at stake when Jurgen Melzer and Radek Stepanek meet on Saturday in Memphis. The winner will be set for a likely final against 2011 runner-up Milos Raonic.

    Jurgen Melzer and Radek Stepanek will be going head-to-head for the second time in the ATP level and for the third time overall when they do battle in the Memphis semifinals on Saturday. Both of their previous encounters have gone Melzer's way; 6-3, 6-4 at a Challenger event in 2008 and 6-2, 6-2 in the Vienna quarterfinals one year later.

    Stepanek is in fine form as he looks to turn the tide against his opponent. The 33-year-old Czech is still going strong at No. 28 in the world and so far this week he has dismissed Bobby Reynolds, Ryan Sweeting, and Sam Querrey. Stepanek needed a third-set tiebreaker to get past Sweeting on Thursday.

    Melzer needed two third-set tiebreakers (over Denis Istomin and Ivan Dodig) to reach the quarters before upsetting No. 1 seed John Isner. The 30-year-old Austrian finds himself down at No. 38 in the world, but he is 7-3 for the season and also had a quarterfinal showing in Zagreb.

    After playing outstanding tennis the whole way against Isner, Melzer should have just a little bit too much for Stepanek in a tough three-setter.

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