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Jerzy Janowicz faces Jurgen Melzer at the Wroclaw Open and more R2 action: Wroclaw Challenger tennis live

  • Jerzy Janowicz and Jurgen Melzer clash for the third time 
  • Kenny De Schepper looks to continue his good run of form
  • Lukas Lacko faces Polish wildcard with former Top 100 ranking
Poland's Jerzy Janowicz reacts after a point against Croatia's Marin Cilic during their men's singles match on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2017. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit

The second round of the Wroclaw Challenger in Poland is due to be completed on Thursday, and the line-up features a match between two former grand slam semi-finalists.

(3) Kenny De Schepper vs Tallon Griekspoor. Kenny De Schepper is a tall 6'8 player who tends not to hit as many booming aces as players of similar height. The Frenchman makes up for his lack of typical serving prowess by moving extremely well for a tall player, gaining many of his best results on clay. De Schepper is also in fantastic form in his last two events, qualifying and reaching the quarter-finals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, defeating Mischa Zverev and Illya Marchenko before losing in a close three-setter to Richard Gasquet. He then reached the semi-finals of the Cherbourg Challenger.

Talloon Griekspoor meanwhile, only just made the main draw of this event as the last direct acceptance, ranked at No. 315 when the entry list was confirmed. He has played mainly Futures so far this year, and lost in the first round of Rotterdam (he was in the main draw by virtue of a wildcard as a home player.) He did edge Italian Salvatore Caruso in the first round, but he should not be expected to beat the third seed. Pick: Kenny De Schepper

(Q) Yann Martl vs (4/SE) Quentin Halys. Marti faced another qualifier in the first round in Andrej Kapas. Halys is, behind Lucas Pouille, the next best hope of the new French generation. There is an inconsistent nature to his game at times, but he has a serve that wins him many free points. He made the final of the Bergamo Challenger, but that was preceded by two first round exits. Despite those defeats, Halys' form in Bergamo and Marti's lack of experience at this level points to a win for the Frenchman Halys. Pick: Quentin Halys

(7) Igor Sijsling vs Mirza Basic. This is Igor Sijsling's first tournament of 2017, and the Dutchman started with a routine win against German Jeremy Jahn. Mirza Basic is a different prospect altogether though. The two players are seperated by just twenty-seven places in the Emirates ATP rankings (Sijsling at No.200, Basic at No.227.) Both are low rankings for the players. Basic was ranked just a few places outside the Top 100 last summer, whilst Sijsling is a former Top 100 player. These two have met once before, at the Brescia Challenger final in 2015, won in two close sets by Sijsling. Despite his 1-0 head-to-head lead, Sijsling's lack of match practice in 2017 so far could be an important factor this time. Pick: Mirza Basic

Jerzy Janowicz vs (8/PR) Jurgen Melzer. This is the titanic match-up of the round, and possibly even the week, as former Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz takes on former Roland Garros semi-finalist Jurgen Melzer. They have met twice, once during Janowicz' run to the Wimbledon semis, won by the Pole in five sets. Melzer enacted revenge with a straight sets win on his favoured surface of clay in Barcelona a year later. The last meeting came nearly three years ago though, so will have at best a limited impact on this meeting. Janowicz is in good form, having started the year with a battling five set loss to Marin Cilic at the Australian Open, and winning the Bergamo Challenger.

Melzer is in similar form though, also a winner at a Challenger this season in Budapest. He also gave a good performance in defeat at the Australian Open, qualifying before taking a set off eventual champion Roger Federer in the first round. This match will hinge on the length of points. Quick points will favour the big serving Janowicz. Longer points will favour Melzer. Melzer's serve is also big, but Janowicz's height allows him more aggressive angles, meaning he may power through service games a little easier. Pick: Jerzy Janowicz

(WC) Michal Pryzsiezny vs (2) Lukas Lacko. Prysziezny was once ranked as high as No.57 in January 2014, but the veteran Pole has fallen on tougher times, now ranked outside the Top 400, and requiring a wildcard to make it into this event. Lacko moved his ranking back up to just outside the Top 100 with a strong run to the third round of the Australian Open, defeating twenty-sixth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets in the first round. Lacko is the clear ranking and form favourite
Pick: Lukas Lacko




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Jerzy Janowicz faces Jurgen Melzer at the Wroclaw Open and more R2 action: Wroclaw Challenger tennis live

Former Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz takes on Jurgen Melzer in the marquee match of Thursday's second-round matches at the Wroclaw Open: ATP Challenger tennis live from Wroclaw

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