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Wroclaw Challenger quarter-finals preview, tips and predictions: De Schepper vs Melzer pick of the quarter-finals

  • Paul-Henri Mathieu takes on Jonathan Eysseric in first career meeting.
  • Jurgen Melzer takes on Kenny De Schepper in the match of the round 
  • Local wildcard Michal Przysiezny has real chance to make the semis
Paul-Henri Mathieu (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

The quarter-finals of the Wroclaw Challenger feature a player who once played the fifth rubber in a Davis Cup final, as well as a former Grand Slam semi-finalist.

WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER BURTON

Top Quarter: (1) Paul-Henri Mathieu vs Jonathan Eysseric. An all French clash in this one, as the top seed Mathieu takes on a Frenchman ranked more than one hundred and thirty places below him in the rankings. Mathieu was once a set away from securing the Davis Cup title for France back in 2002, but the thirty-five year-old is now the top seed in a Challenger, with a ranking just inside the Top 100 at No.99. These two have never met at any official level, and Mathieu has had relatively easy matches in the draw so far, against a wildcard and an alternate. Eysseric struggled in the first round win over young Pole Hubert Hurkacz, but defeated Zdenek Kolar in straight sets in the second.
Pick: Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Second Quarter: (3) Kenny De Schepper vs (8/PR) Jurgen Melzer. Melzer impressed in defeating the in-form former Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz, and faces another tall player in De Schepper. De Schepper is a different type of player, despite being similar in height to Janowicz. He does not serve as big as most tall players, but also moves better than most. These two have played twice overall, with Melzer winning both meetings. De Schepper has impressed in a relatively favourable draw so far, whilst Melzer has had a far tougher time. Neither has dropped a set so far, but given Melzer's tougher route to the quarters, it suggests he is in very good form. Pick: Jurgen Melzer.

Third Quarter: Petr Michnev vs (4/SE) Quentin Halys. Michnev is a surprise name to see in the quarter-finals, but the Czech has defeated two Challenger stalwarts in Andrea Arnaboldi and Aldin Setkic respectively without dropping a set. Halys is in very good form, having reached the Bergamo Challenger final last week, (l. to Janowicz). Halys has struggled to turn his undoubted talent into a Top 100 ranking yet, but there are signs in 2017 that he may be growing more consistent. He would certainly need to win this one to continue the theme of a good 2017, and he should be expected to win here. Pick: Quentin Halys.

Fourth Quarter: Mirza Basic vs (WC) Michal Przysiezny. To the delight of the home Polish crowd, former Top 100 player Przysiezny shocked second seed Lukas Lacko in the second round, edging the Slovakian in three sets. That is the kind of result that was normal for the veteran a few years ago, before loss of form and injuries sent his ranking spiralling. Basic meanwhile, was the beneficiary of an unfortunate retirement for Igor Sijsling, as the Dutchman was forced out of their second round meeting by injury. Basic had been leading by a set and a break at the time. Przysiezny is gaining some match time and confidence after his lengthy spell with injury, and the win over Lacko is the culmination of a growing period of  form for the Pole. Backed by a vocal local crowd, he has a good chance to make the semi-finals. Pick: Michal Przysiezny.


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Wroclaw Challenger quarter-finals preview, tips and predictions: De Schepper vs Melzer pick of the quarter-finals

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