Brands continues his hot '13 start with a QF (or better) run at Dubai. This is his second strong run in the desert (SF @Doha played Gasquet tough in that match). He also went 3R @AO and played subaTomic tough in his loss. He hit his peak ranking (66) after 4R '10Wimby at age 22 but dipped below #200 after that...injury or other issues??? He's gotten himself in range by doing well at Challenger level and playing through qualies at every event this year. This run should secure direct acceptance at majors and seeding for qualies at MS1000's, making it a bit easier to climb the rankings. Does he have the goods to approach and stay top 30? He's 25 so it's prime he's in but not for a long window of opportunity. Big serve/FH combo. Can he add a bit more to get over the top?