Janko Tipsarevic adds some top ten flair to this year's Mercedes Cup event in Stuttgart.
Tipsarevic doesn't have a great record on clay but he'll be keen to put a shock third round Wimbledon defeat to Mikhail Youzhny behind him as he leads the field in Stuttgart this week. He enjoyed some decent results on the European clay-court circuit earlier this year, making the semis in Madrid and the fourth round of the French Open but the slow clay of Stuttgart is unlikely to suit his game.
Instead look to Argentina's Juan Monaco as a potential champion. Monaco is enjoying a fantastic season, returning to his previous career high ranking of 14 and picking up titles in Vina Del Mar and Houston. He even brought his A game to the hard courts, making the Miami semis at the start of April and the sluggish conditions this week will not bother him.
A year ago Bernard Tomic was causing a stir at Wimbledon, making the quarter-finals and taking a set of Novak Djokovic. Despite a strong start to 2012 in Australia, Tomic has made little impact since. However, the teenager knows he needs to work on his clay-court game and while he's unlikely to contend for the title this week, he deserves plenty of credit for not shying away from these kind of ATP 250 events on the dirt.
Tommy Haas has been rolling back the years recently, stunning Roger Federer on grass to win the Halle title last month. It's was an incredible effort from the 34 year old and he didn't look too shabby at the French Open either. If he can get past the first couple of rounds, with the support of the home crowd he could do big things this week.