This Thursday at the Palais des Sports, will be the chance for Juan Martin Del Potro and Mardy Fish to take on center stage at the Open 13.
Del Potro, runner-up last week in Rotterdam, is going to discover Marseille for the very first time. Back in the top 10 since the Ausralian Open and his quarterfinal loss to Federer, Delpo is getting closer and closer to the level that was his prior to his injury. However the tower of Tandill will not have a walk in the parc as his opponent, Nikolay Davydenko, has shown that he too is playing well again and that he too would like to recapture a top 10 spot that was his only a year and a half ago.
For Mardy Fish, the task will probably not be any easier. Despite the fact that the Amerian faces number 388 in the world, in the words of Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie Chicago : "He has it coming". Albano Olivetti, the Frenchman he will face is 2M02 tall and has served at 254 km/h. For a first in Marseille, Fish may need to weat his shirt.
Other matches of the day will oppose Richard Gasquet to Russian Igor Kunitsyn and Michael Llodra to Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukrain.