Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This weeks ATP preview

2013 International German Open


  1. Roger Federer
  2. Tommy Haas
  3. Nicolás Almagro
  4. Jerzy Janowicz
  5. Juan Mónaco
  6. Andreas Seppi
  7. Alexandr Dolgopolov
  8. Jérémy Chardy
  1. Benoît Paire
  2. Tommy Robredo
  3. Feliciano López
  4. Fabio Fognini
  5. Mikhail Youzhny
  6. Fernando Verdasco
  7. Ernests Gulbis

This years ATP 500 series could prove very interesting. Five out of the world top 20 is completing in this event (Federer, Haas, Almagro, Janowicz and Monaco). All focus will be on Roger Federer after his shock second round loss at wimbledon. In the same half as Gulbis, Lopez and Dolgopolov, the Swiss tennis king should hopefully move through the early rounds and banished the nightmares from that black Wednesday at Wimbledon. The other sections features the following players:-

2- Fresh from his excellent performance at SW19 Jerry Janowicz could face Spaniards Verdasco and Roberdo as well as Frances Jeremy Chardy. There are also dangers from none Seeded players such as Russia's Dimitry Tursunov and Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. Agut reached the semi finals in Stuttgart last week and is now at a career high at 49.

3- Nicholas Almagro half features Juan Monaco, France's Benoit Paire and Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Other people to look out for I would say is Gael Monfils and Albert Montanes who are good clay court players, especially Montanes with all of his ATP finals being on clay.

4- in Tommy Hass's side he has seeds seppi, last weeks Mercedes open winner Fognini and Martin Klizan. I don't so any massive threats to the seeds in this section. Maybe the two to look our for is Zeballos who beat Nadal in the final of Vina Del Mar in March and won a São Paulo challenger but has recently suffered a series of first round losses. Also Albert Ramos shouldn't be discounted, especially when he's on his strongest surface clay.

2013 Claro Open Colombia


  1. Janko Tipsarević
  2. Kevin Anderson
  3. Igor Sijsling
  4. Édouard Roger-Vasselin
  1. Adrian Mannarino
  2. Santiago Giraldo
  3. Aljaž Bedene
  4. Xavier Malisse

Over in South America a lot of players will be using new event (Claro Open Colombia) as the first step into the American hard court season. Tipsarevic is the number 1 seed (atp 14) followed by South Africa Kevin Anderson (22) and Igor Sijsling (55). On paper this should be a easy win for Tipsarevic but I would say the top five seeds all have a good chance of reaching the final. Anderson has already reached the final of two ATP events this year, Sijsling has just produced his best grand slam performance by reaching the third round of wimbledon, Roger-Vasselin was runner up in Delray Beach (hard court) earlier this year and finally Mannarino has made the final of three challengers this year (winning two of them), could this be the breakthrough tournament he needs?

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