Troicki is such a good player to not be seeded at this stage of his career. Luckily he got a low seed and can snare Stepanek's valuable seeded place in the draw if he wins this match.
One of the few all top 40 clashes of the first two rounds should be excellent. Troicki is so good at taking advantage of his notoriously weak draws in Masters and Slams to rack up his 45 points and remain direct acceptances for Masters. But Stepanek isn't so easy. The head to head is 4-4 with Troicki winning 4 of the last 5.
If all goes to plan, Troicki will set the tournament alight with Djokovic in the third round as once again he has been placed in Djokovic's section of the draw. This will give him the opportunity to solidify his first win in only his last 13 attempts against his Serbian rival.