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  • Haas faces Andreev, Paire battles Petzschner

    7/10/12 3:06 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas faces Andreev, Paire battles Petzschner Two tough first-round matchups are on Tuesday's schedule in Stuttgart. Tommy Haas will go up against Igor Andreev while Benoit Paire and Philipp Petzschner will do battle.


    (8) Tommy Haas vs. (Q) Igor Andreev

    Haas and Andreev will be squaring off for the third time in their careers when they clash in round one of the Mercedes Cup on Tuesday. They have split their two previous encounters, with Andreev prevailing on clay in 2007 (a Davis Cup meeting in Russia) before Haas scored a victory in the 2009 Wimbledon fourth round.

    Andreev has already enjoyed a decent showing in Stuttgart having qualified for the main draw. The 89th-ranked Russian won both of his matches in straight sets and he is now looking to build on a respectable 11-11 record at the ATP level in 2012. Haas boasts a 14-7 record for the season and he is hoping to bounce back from a tough five-set loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber at the All-England Club. The 34-year-old German should be able to treat his fans to a three-set win over Andreev.

    Benoit Paire vs. Philipp Petzschner

    Paire is in the midst of a breakout year on tour and he will look to keep it going on Tuesday in Stuttgart. The 23-year-old Frenchman owns 18 of his 24 career ATP-level match wins this season and he is up to a career-high ranking of No. 47 in the world. Paire reached the semifinals in 's-Hertogenbosch last month and then advanced to the third round of Wimbledon.

    Up first for Paire is Petzschner, whom he has never faced. Petzschner is a disappointing 7-12 at the ATP level for his 2012 campaign and he is down at No. 91 in the rankings. The 28-year-old German started to play better on grass (runner-up in 's-Hertogenbosch), but he is not at his best on slower surfaces. Look for Paire to get a three-set win.


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