Haas Leads Zagreb; ATP Previews This Week
by Staff | February 2nd, 2014, 5:01 pm
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OPEN SUD DE FRANCE
Montpellier, France
Surface: indoor hard


Seeds: Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Jerzy Janowicz, Dmitry Tursunov, Gael Monfils, Jarkko Nieminen, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Julien Benneteau

Floaters: Paul-Henri Mathieu, Nicolas Mahut, Nikolay Davydenko, Michael Llodra

Notes: Five of eight seeds French…Tough starts for (1) Gasquet after a bye against either countryman Mathieu or Mahut, (8) Benneteau vs. Davydenko, and (2) Simon vs. his net-crushing countryman Llodra…Wildcards went to Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Mathieu and Simon…Pulling from the event were BenoĆ®t Paire (left patellar tendon) and Stan Wawrinka…Seeds Janowicz and Tursunov make their tournament debuts…Gasquet beat Paire in the all-French final last year…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2013, ’06), Monfils (2010), and Mathieu (2002)…Gasquet trying to match Pete Sampras (1992-93) as the only back-to-back winner in Montpellier.

PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS
Zagreb, Croatia
Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Tommy Haas, Mikhail Youzhny, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Ivan Dodig, Marin Cilic, Lukas Rosol, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Igor Sijsling

Floaters: “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic

Notes: (4) Dodig after a bye could meet Dr. Ivo…Wildcards went to Croats Borna Coric, Mate Delic and Ante Pavic…Lots of pulls from the event including Grigor Dimitrov, Feliciano Lopez, Florian Mayer, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer (shoulder), Milos Raonic (leg), and Janko Tipsarevic (achillar tendon)…Cilic beat Melzer in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Cilic (2013, ’10-09), Youzhny (2012), Dodig (2011) and Stakhovsky (2008).

ROYAL GUARD OPEN CHILE
Vina del Mar, Chile
Surface: clay

Seeds: Fabio Fognini, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers, Jeremy Chardy, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Federico Delbonis

Floaters: none

Notes: Rough field with not a lot of talent outside the seeds…Wildcards went to Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Chile’s Christian Garin and Gonzalo Lama…Al Montanes pulled from the event…The tournament is the beginning of a four-tournament clay swing through Latin America…Seeds Almagro and G-Lo have losing career records at the event…Unseeded Horacio Zeballos is the defending champ, last year beating Rafael Nadal in the final…Returning champs in the field are Zeballos (2013) and Robredo (2011).


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7 Comments for Haas Leads Zagreb; ATP Previews This Week

Okiegal Says:

Why did Stan pull out?


RZ Says:

Okiegal, Stan’s reason was “fatigue.” (I think that’s understandable.)


Okiegal Says:

@RZ

Hey, thanks, I couldn’t find anything on the internet about it. Yes, it is understandable. Just curious.


Alexandra Says:

Haas and Kohlschreiber are too injured to play DC, and have no problem playing Zagreb. Bloody typical.


RZ Says:

@Alexandra, it didn’t matter, did it? Germany routed Spain 3-0 on days 1 and 2, and those two played doubles and defeated Marrero-Verdasco, who are a strong team.


pigoonse Says:

South of France Open in Montpellier would be fun.
Gasquet should defend the title there but one never knows how Monfils will go. Pierre-Hugues Herbert is a young gun to watch.

Other youngsters to watch are Carrena-Busta on the Latin Swing and fresh face Borna Coric in Zagreb.

Watch out for a Robredo and Fognini clash during the Latin Swing. The regulars on the Latin Swing – Dolgopolov, Almagro, Bellucci, Giraldo are good entertainment. Hopefully David Ferrer will turn up somewhere too. Stan Wawrinka is too cool for school after winning AO. He will be missed on the dirt – or maybe Wawrinka and Ferrer will turn up by the time Acapulco comes…

..or not.


Alexandra Says:

It does matter, that they told the crowd they are injured and then play on next week. That was a shame. It’s not about already leading 3-0. At the end, no one cared about that. In fact this was only the lastest in a long list of DC controversies in Germany. They should have found anyone who played. Doesn’t matter who. I mean the swiss played even though they were leading 3-0. It’s not about who plays, but that there are matches played at all.

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