ATP/WTA Previews: Federer in Rotterdam; San Jose; Azarenka Leads Loaded Doha

by Staff | February 12th, 2012, 1:13 pm

ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Feliciano Lopez, Richard Gasquet, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Viktor Troicki, Marcel Granollers
Floaters: Nicolas Mahut, Mikhail Youzhny, Nikolay Davydenko, Ivan Ljubicic, Michael Llodra, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Marcos Baghdatis

Notes: Seeds del Potro and Dolgopolov make first tournament appearances; lots of floaters causing potential opening-round nightmares, including (1) Federer vs. Mahut (winner to possibly face Youzhny), (3) del Potro vs. Llodra, (8) Granollers vs. Kohlschreiber, and second round (2) Berdych vs. Baghdatis possibility; two-time defending champ Robin Soderling out with injury; returning champs in the field are Llodra (2008), Youzhny (2007), and Federer (2005).

SAP OPEN; San Jose, Calif., USA; Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Gael Monfils, Andy Roddick, Milos Raonic, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Kevin Anderson, Julien Benneteau, Donald Young, Olivier Rochus

Floaters: Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Ryan Harrison, Grigor Dimitrov, Ryan Sweeting, Gilles Muller, “Iron” Mike Russell, Sam Querrey

Notes: Tough openers include (8) Rochus vs. Harrison (winner to meet winner of Malisse vs. (WC) Robby Ginepri, and (5) Anderson vs. Dimitrov; wildcards went to Yanks Ginepri, Steve Johnson and Jack Sock; Roddick 32-6 in San Jose, while Young is 1-3 and fellow seeds Anderson, Benneteau and Rochus make their first appearances; former champs in the field are Raonic (2010), The Worm (2009), and Roddick (2008,’05-04).

BRASIL OPEN 2012; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Surface: indoor clay

Seeds: (WC) Nicolas Almagro, Gilles Simon, Fernando Verdasco, Thomaz Bellucci, Carlos Berlocq, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Albert Montanes, Albert Ramos

Floaters: David Nalbandian, (WC) Fernando Gonzalez, Filippo Volandri

Notes: After 11 years in Costa do Sauipe the Brasil Open moves to Sao Paulo; seeds Simon and Ramos make first appearances at event; (1) Simon after a bye will likely face Nalbandian in his opener, and (7) Montanes vs. Volandri in a battle of who can’t hit out of a paper bag; other wildcards went to Spaniards Almagro and Javier Marti; former champs in the field are Almagro (2011,’08) and Ferrero (2010).

QATAR TOTAL OPEN; Doha, Qatar; Surface: hard

Seeds: Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur, Aggie Radwanska, Marion Bartoli, Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone, Jelena Jankovic, Sabine Lisicki, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Dominika Cibulkova, Peng Shuai, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Daniela Hantuchova, Julia Goerges

Floaters: Yanina Wickmayer, Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber, Maria Kirilenko, Lucie Safarova

Notes: Petra Kvitova (Achilles) and Andrea Petkovic (back) withdraw due to injuries; tough openers include (7) Schiavone after a bye likely facing Wickmayer, (11) Cibulkova vs. Pennetta, (9) Lisicki vs. the hot-hander Kerber, and (2) Wozniacki after a bye likely facing Safarova; the lone former champ in the field is Zvonareva (2011), beating Wozniacki in last year’s final.

XX COPA BBVA COLSANITAS; Bogota, Colombia; Surface: clay

Seeds: Marina Erakovic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Romina Oprandi, Jelena Dokic, Gisela Dulko, Mathilde Johansson, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner

Floaters: none

Notes: Last year Spaniard Dom�nguez Lino won her second Bogota title, beating Mathilde Johansson in the final.

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8 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Federer in Rotterdam; San Jose; Azarenka Leads Loaded Doha

tennisfansince76 Says:

the question on my mind is why the hell is Fed playing in Rotterdam? he should be resting and then training ahead of Dubai/IW/Miami.

Mila Says:

I can answer that one for you!
He desperately wants to get to No.2 ranking before French Open.

As a No.3 he’ll have to beat both Rafa and Novak to win.
On the other hand, if he is No. 2 he could win by beating only one of them, and if French fix the draw he may play the final against a very tired winner of Novak-Rafa semi.

So Federer’s strategy is clear – do whatever is possible to pass Rafa in ranking before FO even if that means playing small tourneys like Rotterdam. Mathematically speaking, he may well do it, since Rafa has much more points to defend than him.

Steve 27 Says:

Murray will surpass Federer very soon. We have to wait. He will never at number 1 or 2 again. Age does not spare anyone.

carlo Says:

Sorry to see Robin Soderling is still unable to play :(

carlo Says:

Happy to see 2 of my 2012 top ten picks moving up to career high rankings this week. Go Isner and Nishikori :)

Maybe a good tennis match on tonight – Anderson v Dimitrov San Jose 8:30 pm pst

jamie Says:

Slam winners for 2012 and 2013

The next 7 slam winners will be:

Nole 3
Murray 2
Nadal 1
Del Potro 1
Federer 0

So for the rest of 2012 and 2013, Nole will win 3 slams, Murray will win 2 slams, Nadal will win 1 slam and Del Potro will win 1 slam. Federer will win 0 slams.

skeezerweezer Says:

Any word on milos knee? Is he gonna play San Jose?

carlo Says:

Was just looking for a match to stream tonight, skeezerweezer. Milos is scheduled for tomorrow but there is no word on the San Jose website and the best information I could find was this:

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