2013 Heineken Open draw released
Three-time Heineken Open champion and number one seed David Ferrer will launch his attempt for three in a row against France's Benoit Paire or Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu. The Spaniard's quarter includes no.8 seed Thomazs Bellucci of Brazil who faces a tough opening round in Belgian David Goffin. Ferrer is seeded to meet German Tommy Haas, the third seed, in the semifinals.
Haas was the ATP World Tour's Comeback Player of the Year in 2012, and he began the year ranked outside the top 200 after hip surgery kept him out of the game for 14 months. Now ranked no.21, the 34-year old will start his quest against a qualifier or Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the second round. He may face wild card Gael Monfils of France or Austrian sixth seed Jurgen Melzer in his quarter. Both Monfils and Melzer are former top 10 players.
The bottom half of the draw includes no.2 seed Philipp Kohlscreiber and no.4 seed Sam Querrery. The German is a former champion here, winning in 2008 and he has compiled a stellar record in Auckland. He's twice been a semifinalist, including last year, and he's made the quarterfinals four times. Querrey was a Heineken Open runner up in 2009,when he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro.
Sixth seed Jerzy Janowicz, who grabbed headlines by making the final of the Paris Masters Series tournament in November as a qualifier, opens against one of 2012's feel good stories of the ATP in American Brian Baker. The Polish player knocked off five top 20 players in Paris before losing in the final to Ferrer. Could there be a repeat of that final in Auckland?
Baker's story is an inspirational one. He struggled through a number of serious injuries which took him away from tennis for six years. He started 2012 ranked 456 in the world, and incredibly moved up to his current 61.
Last year's finalist, Olivier Rochus of Belgium, opens against Spain's Albert Ramos and the winner will face Querrey.
Kiwi Dan King-Turner, given a wildcard into the tournament, will open against a qualifier.
The top four seeds all have first round byes.
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