2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open; Wednesday’s schedule of the play

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2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open; Wednesday’s schedule of the play

All the top eight seeds will be in action at the 2011 Qatar ExxonMobil Open competition on Wednesday.

In the opening match of the day, Sergei Bubka of Ukraine will take on the third seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga of France in their career first meeting on the tour.

The 23-year-old Bubka started his tournament’s campaign on Monday with a two setter victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain. The final match score was 6-0, 6-3. Currently ranked number 320 in the South African Airways ATP list, the Ukrainian is attempting to make his way into his first ATP World Tour final eight round.

The right hander posted his first career ATP main draw clash victory during the month of July last year in Newport where he got the better of Guccione before losing at the hands of ultimate runner up Olivier Rochus in the second round.

Bubka also recorded his best result in Future tournaments last year. He picked up crown at Germany #3 back in January apart from his semi final appearance at Czech Republic #5 in the second last month of the season. In Challengers, the professional tennis ace from Ukraine reached the quarters in Jersey as well as Lexington.

Tsonga, the second highest ranked French player on the other hand, is currently ranked number 13 in the world. He is appearing in the Doha event on the very first occasion in his career. The right hander opened his account on Monday, beating Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in two sets. The final match score was 6-2, 6-0. The battle concluded in a time period of fifty nine minutes.

The Frenchman is coming off a win loss mark of 31-16 last season. His notable performances in 2010 include semi final appearances at the Australian Open, Marseille, Montpellier and quarterfinal showings at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami, Barcelona, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai, Wimbledon and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome.

The 25-year-old was sidelined from the tour for three complete months and skipped the entire summer hard court circuit as a result of injury. He made a comeback in October where he couldn’t even win his opening round match as the French player was defeated by Nieminen in straight sets. He picked up his last ATP World Tour crow two years ago at the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo, hammering down Mikhail Youzhny in the finals. Tsonga achieved his career highest ranking of world number six back in 2008.

Next up on the centre court is the Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer who will meet his compatriot fellow Marco Chiudinelli. Federer is currently ranked number two in the world whereas world number 117 Marco, on the other hand, has no comparison at all with the class as well as experience of the Swiss.

World number one Rafael Nadal will also take the court later in the day against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. Rafa triumphed in their previous clash during the second round of Australian Open back in 2010 and is once again the clear favourite to win the match.

In the concluding clash of the day, fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko and Jarkko Nieminen will face each other on the fifth occasion in their career. They are currently tied in their head to head series at 2-2.


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