Ranked no.25, the 19-year-old from Canada is seeded no.3 in France where he is eager to win his maiden ATP title and later on break in the top20. Even if Denis worked hard during the offseason, he didn’t achieve much in January after he lost in the opener in Auckland and he lost in the 3rd round at the Australian Open (but in this case to the great Novak Djokovic).
Currently ranked no.111, the Spaniard is trying to get back in the top 100. Marcel has recently won the Challenger 35 in Da Nang to get back some confidence in playing singles. The former world no.19 defeated Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (3) 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) in the first round.
Denis and Marcel have never played each other so far. The Canadian is the favorite to reach the quarters.