Hot-Handed Fognini to Defend, Face Last Year’s Finalist in Opener at ATP Gstaad
by Staff | July 22nd, 2018, 11:32 am
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Fabio Fognini returns as the top seed to defend his championship, and in his opening-round match could meet his opponent in last year’s final, Yannick Hanfmann who qualified to the main draw.


SWISS OPEN GSTAAD
GSTAAD, Switzerland; surface: clay

Seeds: Fabio Fognini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev, Robin Haase, Joao Sousa, Guillermo Garcia Lopez, Feliciano Lopez

Floaters: (WC) Nicolas Almagro, Federico Delbonis, Roberto Carballes Baena

Notes:

No Top 10 players but the hot-handed Fognini leads a stout field of claycourters…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

(2) Bautista Agut will start against either a qualifier or Spanish countryman Jaume Munar…

Other interesting starts include (8) Lopez vs. Delbonis, and (7) G-Lo vs. countryman Carballes Baena…

Wildcards were awarded to Almagro, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Husler…

Pulling out of the field were Evgeny Donskoy, Mikhail Kukushkin and Viktor Troicki…

Fognin is the defending champion, in last year’s final defeating surprise German finalist Yannick Hanfmann; Hanfmann qualified and could meet Fognini in his opener.

Former champions in the field are Fognini (2017), Lopez (2016), and Almagro (2010).

 


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