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On Wednesday the Russian Michael Southern will enter struggle for the main trophy of tennis tournament in Stuttgart

On Wednesday the Russian Michael Southern will enter struggle for the main trophy of tennis tournament " Mercedes Kap " in Stuttgart which prize fund makes 765 tys euro.

the representative of Russia occupying 32 - e a place in a rating of Association of tennis players - professionals/ ATP/, posejan on this tournament under 12 - m number, therefore it will begin struggle with the second circle.

Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti, in the first circle EZ changed the Italian sportsman Rentso Furlana becomes the rival of Michael Southern.

Lapentti at present is 53 - j a world racket, and the exit in the ending on tournament in Swedish Bastade where he has lost to Argentinean Mano Sabaleta became its best achievement this year.

As to Southern this season beginning developed not so successfully 4 it. The train of traumas and illnesses has unsettled it, and only recently Southern has started to show former tennis.

the representative of Russia is more younger the today`s rival for 6 years. For eight-year career of Lapentti has won five tournaments and has earned more than 4,5 million dollars. 4 Southern victory on tournament in Stuttgart last year remains while unique achievement of the Russian, and for career which proceeds the fifth year, Southern has earned hardly more than one million dollars.

it is remarkable that Southern and Lapentti only once played against each other, and tournament in Stuttgart last year. Then the Russian has appeared more strongly/ 6:2, 6:4/, and subsequently has won all tournament.

the match between these tennis players will pass on the first court of the tennis CTR in Stuttgart.

besides Michael Southern on tournament " Mercedes Kap " two more Russians play. Nikolay Davidenko left in the third circle, having beaten on the eve of the French sportsman Olivier Muti, and the most titled Russian tennis player Evgenie Kafelnikov acts on this tournament in the pair category. Its partner is zimbabviets Kevin Ulett.