• Raonic faces Monfils, Gulbis battles Baghdatis

    6/11/13 12:19 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Raonic faces Monfils, Gulbis battles Baghdatis A pair of intriguing first-round showdowns are on the schedule in Halle. Milos Raonic is going up against Gael Monfils while Ernests Gulbis is taking on Marcos Baghdatis.

    Gael Monfils vs. (5) Milos Raonic

    Monfils and Roanic will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in round one of the Gerry Weber Open on Tuesday. Their only previous encounter came two seasons ago on the indoor hard courts of Stockholm, where Monfils prevailed 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3. The resurgent Frenchman has been in fine form over his last three events, winning a Challenger, finishing runner-up in Nice, and scoring two impressive wins at Roland Garros. Monfils is back up to No. 67 in the world after finding himself outside the Top 100 as recently as mid-May.

    Raonic is a solid 20-9 for his 2013 campaign, but he will be happy to move to faster surfaces than clay for the rest of the season. While the 15th-ranked Canadian reached the semis in Barcelona, he went just 4-4 combined in all other tournaments during the clay-court swing. Raonic has advanced to the quarterfinals in each of his two Halle appearances (lost to Roger Federer in a third-set tiebreaker in 2012). Monfils would have a great shot in this matchup on the slow stuff, but Raonic should win in two competitive sets on grass.

    Marcos Baghdatis vs. Ernests Gulbis

    Gulbis and Baghdatis will be squaring off for the sixth time in their careers when they collide on Tuesday in Halle. Baghdatis is leading the head-to-head series 4-1, but they have faced each other only once on grass and they have not met since the 2010 Rome Masters (a blowout 6-2, 6-2 victory for Gulbis). The Cypriot won a 2007 Wimbledon encounter 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 and his most recent triumph over Gulbis came via a 6-2, 6-2 decision at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open.

    It has been a tale of two seasons for this pair of competitors. Gulbis is an outstanding 20-8 at the ATP level, a record that is highlighted by a title in Delray Beach and a fourth-round showing at the Indian Wells Masters. Baghdatis, on the other hand, has lost in the first round of seven consecutive tournaments and he is now below .500 at 9-10 for the year. Still, the world No. 40 registers only two spots behind his Latvian adversary in the rankings. Based on current form, Gulbis in straight sets is the pick.

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leftarmgonewrong , 6/11/13 6:47 AM

One more message. Gulbis is a snake. maybe talent but worst person in atp. he will lose for Baghdatis I want. ok. Raonic wins to.

leftarmgonewrong , 6/11/13 7:39 AM

Why is Gulbis a snake lagw?
He speaks his mind and doesn't care what everybody thinks.
Regarding his alleged last statemets when he declared that the top 4 are boring, he did mention just before that he respects them so he was just expressing his opinion.
I'm not saying hat his opinion is right, in fact I have no opinion of it becuase it is completely irrelevant to tennis.
Last time he lost to Rafa, I think it was in Rome (or was it Madrid?, can't remember now) he mentioned that the 'best player lost', ... again, he's entitled to his opinion, which in this case, for obvious reasons, it's wrong.
I don't dislike Gulbis for speaking his mind, I don't think he means any disrespect. He's just a bit of a stray bullet and can't be taken very seriously. I wish he would find some guidance and achieve his full potential but I deem he never will.

Shireling , 6/11/13 3:50 PM

gulbis is funny. Some personality in sport good or bad make more for fun so is ok for me. Yes TT good fun for fan of tennis also.

hawkeye , 6/11/13 4:11 PM

congrats to monfils. sorry for milos.

hawkeye , 6/11/13 5:33 PM

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