Third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov could find Italy's Fabio Fognini a tricky opponent at the Croatia Open on Thursday.
World number 19 Dolgopolov has been solid without being spectacular so far this season. He began the year at a blistering pace, reaching the Brisbane final in week one and while he's brought his A game to a few of the bigger events (reaching the fourth round in Indian Wells and the quarters in Madrid) he's not really shown that he can push on and crack the top fifteen.
For the purists, Dolgopolov is wonderful to watch on clay as he's a player in the Federer mould who makes the game look truly effortless. The most impressive thing is Dolgopolov's movement, he floats and glides around the court, dancing around balls before lashing out with his vicious groundstrokes. He has a dazzling variety of shots but his problem is strategy. The Ukrainian is very much a player who thrives on instinct rather than taking a more cerebral approach to the game.
It should be enough to see off Fognini in the second round on Thursday night. The head-to-head between these two stands at 1-1 though Fognini's win came in the San Remo Challenger back in 2007 while Dolgopolov got his revenge in St Petersburg a couple of years ago.
Prediction: Dolgopolov in two.