of the Czech Republic will aim to bounce back from a disappointing loss to a Chinese qualifier in the 1st round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai China.
At the start of the year Stepanek appeared to be in great form as he reached the final of the ATP event in Brisbane Australia but he lost in straight sets to the former world number 1 Andy Roddick in straight sets. 7-6 7-6.
Back in 2008 Stepanek achieved the best win of his career when he beat the former world number 1 Roger Federer in the quarter final of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome 7-6 7-6.
Rafael Nadal of Spain is now the world number 1 and the Spaniard this year has won the French Oen Wimbledon and a few weeks ago he won a 1st US Open title to complete the career Grand Slam.