Becker v Lopez
Lopez has had a really bad year so far, he may have come up agains't tough opponents such as Stepanek and Querrey but overall he has been poor. He has only won twice in his last eight, which shows a dissapointing display from the Spanish national. Becker has been better, beating Harrison last week and also reaching the quarter finals against Struff in January at the Heilbronn Challenger.
Both players met back in 2010 where Lopez won in straight sets, a rather straight forward affair for the Spanish national. Lopez naturally has been on worse form, not only as the favourite but also as the underdog too, losing his last three as the underdog and only winning three but losing four as the favourite in his last 10 matches.
Lopez is yet to play on indoor hard surface this year, his last meeting on this surface was back in October last year, a very long time ago. Becker has played most of his matchups this year on indoor hard, with his latest meeting being against Istomin last week. Becker comes in this tournament with good form here in the past, reaching the semi finals last year before being knocked out by Raonic, and also playing here in 2010 and 2011 too. Lopez last played here in 2007 where he got defeated by Del Potro in the first round.
For me today it's an obvious choice, i have to go with Becker, he's been on much better form and played well here in Memphis in the past. Lopez has been dog rough this year, not only performing poor as the favourite but as the underdog too, losing six matches out of eight is just not good enough at this level of tennis.