Well, they are tied in their head-to-head, which only enhances the interest of this match:
Head to Head: Tied 1-1
2001 Shanghai (hard), SF -- Kratochvil 6-2, 6-4
2002 Halle (grass), R16 -- Carlsen 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Michel has already been pegged as a grass player, so that's a pretty impressive win in Halle (though he's always done best in Nottingham). But, he's had plenty of time to wind down from his Davis Cup triumph, and had to retire from his first match post-DC with a toe problem.
I just want him to do well because I know he's perfectly able to. Carlsen did say that he doesn't relish playing Kratochvil, but then, he will have the crowd on his side -- is the Danish crowd boisterous?