Anderson Top Seed, Hewitt Returns at ATP Estoril; Preview
by Staff | April 29th, 2018, 11:59 am
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Top-seeded Kevin Anderson will be tested by defending champion Pablo Carreno Busta and returning runner-up Gilles Muller among the participants at this year’s Millennium Estoril Open in Portugal.


Barcelona runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and young Americans Tennys Sandgren and Frances Tiafoe will attempt to disrupt the seeds in some early-round match-ups.

MILLENNIUM ESTORIL OPEN
ESTORIL, Portugal; surface: clay

Seeds: Kevin Anderson, Pablo Carreno Busta, Kyle Edmund, Gilles Muller, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Robin Haase, Leonardo Mayer, Daniil Medvedev

Floaters: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Joao Sousa, Tennys Sandgren, Frances Tiafoe

Notes:

Anderson the lone Top 10 player in the field; the Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Interesting starts include (1) Anderson vs. the Barcelona finalist Tsitsipas if the Greek isn’t too gassed, (8) Medvedev vs. the veteran Sousa, and (4) Muller on his worst surface (although he reached the final last year) vs. the American Sandgren-Tiafoe match winner…

Australian Alex de Minaur received a wildcard as did Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva
and Pedro Sousa…

Pulling from the field were David Ferrer, Nick Kyrgios and Benoit Paire…

De Minaur is playing doubles with former Aussie No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt…

Carreno Busta (2017) is the lone former champion in the field, last year defeating Muller in the final.

 


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14 Comments for Anderson Top Seed, Hewitt Returns at ATP Estoril; Preview

jalep Says:

Welsh Witch, I love your Estoril bracket with Medvedev winning. Of course I also love Joao Sousa and this is a fun match I’m watching so far between them; Noisy, emotional match.

I picked J. Sousa over Medvedev in Estoril simply because Portugal. But Medvedev is enjoying the contest, not that I’m rooting for him to win exactly, but he is my favorite of the Russians. Maybe he’s not as good as Rublev or Khachanov but Medvedev is such an engaging personality. He doesn’t have the power on his shots to go along with his tall frame yet – I think in time. Maybe not all the lights are on when he’s out there on court yet, too.


jalep Says:

One more match from Estoril – Tsitsipas v Andujar

Have to see how the young Greek is holding up. My pick is Andujar, tho I see a a couple pickers took Tsitsipas. He is only 19; he could recover fast, but I was guessing he’s played too many matches the past two weeks. Good to see Pablo Adujar winning matches again.


jalep Says:

Compared to the Stefanos I watched fly through his first round match in Monte Carlo, he looked exhausted the whole match but he got it done. You never know. I would not pick him to win another match! His next opponent in Anderson.


Margot Says:

Lol jalep, my picks are barking!
I had our young Greek going out quite soon I think.Thought must be exhausted. I see a lot of withdrawals by players who just did well. Icarus had a huge spat with Medvedev last year.
Went with Petra for the win, but playing Gavrilova who just got kicked out! And Babos my other pick, ouch.


j-kath Says:

I appreciate this ain’t a Nole thread – and that’s he’s not playing right now —however…

Anyways read if you wish:
https://www.ubitennis.net/2018/05/leading-nutritionist-discloses-real-reason-behind-djokovics-struggles/


AndyMira Says:

JK….A very very interesting article!Thanks for the link!…Hope someone in Nole’s camp take a note about this…But to lure him to take a carbohydrate or sugar or meat again..it is a herculean task..Nole has to realized himself the importance of it..I really hope he will…Don’t want to see one of the greats fade away like this…


j-kath Says:

Andy Mira – Yep, agree whole-heartedly…..seems to be battle between brain and body.


Margot Says:

Your body makes sugar from carbohydrates. It certainly doesn’t need extra sugar. Eating/adding extra sugar is why we have an obesity/diabetes crisis in the West. So half the nutritionist’s advice was incorrect.


Willow Says:

Eat sensibly and have everything in moderation, its as simple as that really, and the rich and famous can afford top chefs and nutrionists to deal with their dietary needs ….


the_mind_reels Says:

@Margot: I’m no nutritionist, but I know that there are additional sugars (“simple sugars”) that one does not get from carbohydrates but gets from things like fruit and milk that can be both healthy in moderation and also arguably necessary if you aren’t getting enough complex sugars through your carbohydrate intake. The advice that both to reduce carbo intake *and* cut out simple sugars seems like a red flag is quite sound, I would say…


the_mind_reels Says:

And +1 what Willow said. I’m kind of amazed that for all of his success and physical conditioning, Djokovic doesn’t have someone making the hazards of his diet blatantly aware to him. Or that he does and he’s too stubborn not to listen. Perhaps the guru has convinced him that sugars and carbs are the devil’s way…


Margot Says:

I said “extra sugar” as in added sugar, not sugar occurring naturally in fruit. But you don’t need much.


j-kath Says:

the mind reels

I agree – it is astonishing how little food advice seems to be on hand for Nole – his restaurants utilise a number of ingredients that can cause food allergies e.g. milk, eggs, soybean, peanuts and other nuts, fish/shellfish.

Though not a professional, I was brought up in the food business…and am aware of rising intolerance for any basic foodstuff that is not mostly locally grown.

Excellent ingredients is hardly a cost problem for Nole but complexity of ingredients can create problems for anyone with a “delicate” digestion which he appears to have at the moment.


osazone Says:

Hi Everyone

I don’t think the diet is his problem, him be lighter helps him move better and perform those Houdini BH shots.

His problem is mental and in my opinion – the only new factor in his life is Pepe, get rid of him, sign on Marian and co fulltime and he will be up and running.

He is still coming back from injury, Nadal and Fed has made it look too easy.

Finally Djoko agrees with Agassi that he came back too early, ofcourse I see why he wants to come back, he loves playing Tennis

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