Fifth seed Janko Tipsarevic takes on the dangerous Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the Toronto Masters.
Tipsarevic is an oddity among the top ten in that he prefers to play a rigorous schedule, packing in as many tournaments as possible to sharpen his game. So after Wimbledon, he got stuck into the European clay-court circuit straight away, winning his first clay-court title in Stuttgart and making the final in Gstaad the following week.
It didn't help the Serb's chances at the Olympics as he crashed out to John Isner in the third round but he'll be hoping he can enjoy a strong hard court season especially after his performances last year when he made the quarter-finals of the US Open.
However Youzhny is an extremely dangerous opponent. The 30 year old Russian has been ranked in the top ten in the past and has a far better record in the slams than Tipsarevic. He also leads their head-to-head 3-2 winning in four sets when they met in the third round of Wimbledon in June.
Youzhny also has the advantage of having already played a match in Toronto so far this week, beating Kevin Anderson 6-1, 7-6(3). He led by a set and a break before a mid-match concentration lapse, recovering to close out victory in straight sets.
Prediction: Youzhny in three.