• Benneteau, Robredo in Oeiras action

    4/29/13 7:25 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Benneteau, Robredo in Oeiras action Julien Benneteau faces a tough Oeiras opener on Tuesday against Pablo Carreno-Busta. Tommy Robredo and Daniel Gimeno-Traver are also looking for a spot in the second round.

    (5) Julien Benneteau vs. (Q) Pablo Carreno-Busta

    Benneteau and Carreno-Busta will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they meet in round one of the Bucharest Open on Tuesday. Carreno-Busta is already maintaining his fine form this week, as he won three qualifying matches--including one over Javier Marti 7-5 in the third on Monday. The 21-year-old Spaniard has captured seven Futures titles in 2013 (six on clay) and he reached the second round in both Casablanca and Barcelona.

    On the other hand, Benneteau is struggling this year. The 33rd-ranked Frenchman has not won a match since the Marseille first round in mid-February and he is at risk of losing a French Open seed. Benneteau has contested only one clay-court match this season, which he lost to Milos Raonic 6-1, 6-4 in Monte-Carlo. Look for Bucharest's No. 5 seed to fall victim to a three-set upset at the hands of Carreno-Busta.

    Daniel Gimeno-Traver vs. (8) Tommy Robredo

    Gimeno-Traver and Robredo will be squaring off for the third time in their careers (second at the ATP level) when they do battle in the Bucharest first round. A 2009 French Open encounter went Robredo's way 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, but Gimeno-Traver dominated a 2012 clay-court Challenger meeting 6-3, 6-2.

    Robredo is enjoying a resurgence this season following an injury-plagued 2012 campaign. The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won the Casablanca title, is up to No. 38 in the world and he is coming off a quarterfinal showing in Barcelona. Gimeno-Traver, meanwhile, is just 7-11 for the year and he is 0-3 during the current clay-court swing. The world No. 52 lost his Monte-Carlo and Barcelona openers both in straight sets. Robredo may be fatigued, but he is playing with a ton of confidence and should get the job done in three sets.

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