SWISS INDOORS BASEL
Basel, Switzerland; Surface: hard
Seeds: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson, Richard Gasquet, John Isner, Marin Cilic, David Goffin
Floaters: Borna Coric, Jack Sock, Ernests Gulbis, Lukas Rosol, Ivo Karlovic
Notes: Three Top 10ers in the draw during this the last week of regular-season play…A delightful drawing of potential field-disrupters includes (3) Nadal vs. the upset specialist Rosol, (2) Wawrinka vs. the giant-serving Karlovic, (6) Isner vs. Gulbis who the American lost to last week in Vienna, and (4) Anderson vs. the riser Coric…Wildcards were awarded to Swiss players Marco Chiudinelli and Henri Laaksonen…Pulling from the event were Marcos Baghdatis, Julien Benneteau, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and Gilles Simon…Last year Federer won his sixth career Swiss Indoors title, in the final rolling over Goffin 6-2, 6-2…Federer (2014,’11-10,’08-06) is the lone former champ in the field. “I remember I was always very nervous on court because I always wanted to do so well here,” said Federer, who lost to Andre Agassi in the first round in his first appearance in 1998.
Valencia, Spain; Surface: hard
Seeds: David Ferrer, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic, Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Roberto Bautista Agut, Jeremy Chardy
Floaters: Nick “The Dick” Kyrgios, Gilles Muller, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Steve Johnson
Notes: One Top 10-er in the field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Challenging starts for (1) Ferrer after a bye vs. Nick the Dick, (7) Bautista Agut vs. Almagro, (6) G-Lo vs. Hot Sauce, and (2) Lopez after a bye vs. the Stockholm finalist Johnson…Wildcards went to Almagro, Marcel Granollers and Andrey Rublev…Pulling from the event were Sam Querrey and Tommy Robredo…Andy Murray beat Robredo in last year’s final in a third-set tiebreak…Returning former champs in the field are Ferrer (2012,’10,’08), Granollers (2011), Almagro (2007-06), and Verdasco (2004).
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