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In what will be the first No. 1 seed versus No. 2 seed final at the event since 1996, Janko Tipsarevic will take on Juan Monaco. The two have contrasting styles of play which is what will make this match an even better watch.
Making a great progress in his performance with every season, Tipsarevic is the second ranked Serbian on the ATP World Tour – after World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Earlier in the year at Roland Garros, Tipsarevic looked in good touch before losing to Spaniard Nicolas Almagro at the pre-quarter stage, that was his best showing at the tournament. The twenty seven years old Serbian turned professional in 2002 and has won 2 ATP World Tour titles so far. This season, Tipsarevic has a good 32-14 win-loss record and currently he is enjoying his best ranking on the ATP World Tour as World No. 8. At Wimbledon Tipsarevic disappointed as he lost in the third round to Mikhail Youzhny in four sets.
Juan Monaco has had a pretty decent year so far, he has already won two clay court events and it’s not very hard to see why that is his favorite surface. He has had a few disappointments on the road though. His start of the year wasn’t exactly ideal where he lost in the first round to Philip Kohlschreiber. He recovered well though to win at Vina del Mar in Chile and he hasn’t looked back since and has not looked back since the day. He reached the semis of the Miami Masters and then won at Houston Texas beating World No.10 John Isner in the final. At Monte-Carlo Monaco suffered an injury and pulled out during his first round clash with Robin Haase of the Netherlands. His win-loss record so far for the year is 23-9. In Rome Monaco did really well against top seed Novak Djokovic as he took a set off of him in the quarterfinal, before losing in three sets. In Paris at Roland Garros, the Argentine lost to hitting partner Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. At Wimbledon too, Monaco worked really hard, but grass really isn't his cup of tea, and he went out in the third round losing to Viktor Troicki.
Monaco leads Tipsarevic 2-1 in their Head to Head series. And the Serb would be looking to set things straight as the two square off on Sunday.
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