ATP Previews: Nadal in Chile; Zagreb, Monpellier
by Staff | February 3rd, 2013, 10:11 pm

Open Sud de France
Montpellier, France; Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Nikolay Davydenko, Julien Benneteau, Viktor Troicki, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Jarkko Nieminen, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Gael “Force” Monfils, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Mikhail Kukushkin, Michael Llodra

Notes: Berdych and a slew of Frenchies lead the seeds, Berdych after his Davis Cup heroics…Tough openers include (3) Gasquet after a bye likely facing countryman Monfils, (1) Berdych after a bye potentially facing the veteran Nieminen, (5) Davydenko vs. the tricky Stakhovsky, (4) Simon after a bye to face the winner of Mathieu vs. Kukushkin, and (2) Tipsarevic after a bye likely facing the indoor-dangerous Llodra…Berdych a perfect 4-0 at event after winning last year…Other returning champs in field are Monfils (2010), Gasquet (2006), and Mathieu (2002).

PBZ Zagreb Indoors
Zagreb, Croatia; Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Andreas Seppi, Mikhail Youzhny, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Martin Klizan, Marcos Baghdatis, Grigor Dimitrov, Lukas Lacko

Floaters: “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic

Notes: Soft openers for (1) Cilic and (2) Seppi after byes…Real lack of tough openers, excluding (7) Dimitrov against Karlovic…seeds Klizan and Dimitrov make debuts at event…wildcards went to three Croats you’ve never heard of unless you’re members at their club…Youzhny beat Lacko in last year’s final…Other returning champs are Dodig (2011), Cilic (2010-09) and Baghdatis (2007).

VTR Open by Cachantun
Vina del Mar, Chile; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Juan Monaco, Jeremy Chardy, Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos, Paolo Lorenzi, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Carlos Berlocq

Floaters: Tommy Robredo

Notes: Shite field, but you’ve got Rafa!…Rafa after a bye faces the winner of a qualifier and Argentina’s Guido (no joke) Pella…No. 8 seed Berlocq ranked No. 70…Nadal only seed making tournament debut, and has not played since Wimbledon of last year with a knee injury…Returning champs in the field are Monaco (2012) who beat Berlocq in the final, and Robredo (2011).


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11 Comments for ATP Previews: Nadal in Chile; Zagreb, Monpellier

M Says:

Nothing wrong with the field in Chile. Two Argentinian DC winners are in it — one of them seeded #2 — and the Chileans gave Massu a wild card.

Plus, dude, it’s like, totally sold out.
A friend of mine reporting from there said Rafa’s press conference was like a Bieber concert.

It’ll be a great tournament. Vamos, Rafa!

M Says:

“Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer”

Oh … no. o.O



scineram Says:

Ban 32> fields! They are pathetic.

grendel Says:

“A friend of mine reporting from there said Rafa’s press conference was like a Bieber concert”

Think I’m getting deja vu. Shall we start the ball rolling again?

Giles Says:

grendel. Please restrain yourself. Wanna hijack another thread? Lol

alison Says:

Thanks for that link Nadalista,it sums up perfectly what us Rafa fans have been through these last 7 months,to coin a phrase its been quite a lonely time been a Rafa fan,whatever the ins and outs of Rafas injuries or illnesses,whichever way you cut it its just great to have him back playing,and thats the bottom line really.

Giles Says:

A very well written and touching piece – straight from the heart! #VamosKing

nadalista Says:

Can’t wait for RG, first Novak, now Muzza’s thrown his hat in the ring and has announced he is targetting winning his second slam in Paris! And why not, go for it, Muzza!:

“I believe I have a chance of winning the French Open,” said Murray.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Read comments from Coach Toni today that Rafa’s knee is expected to hurt him for a few more weeks, and that several days of training in South America have really seen him improve.

Very hard to reconcile that with the claim that the knees were ready for the Australian Open (and the warm-up event two weeks beforehand) if it weren’t for that stomach virus almost a month ago.

Gives one pause! Hope he kicks butt in the Feb events and we see him as a contender for whichever of the hard court masters events in March he enters. Would be great to really feel he’s the man to beat at the French.

Alok Says:

I think that Nadal will feel some pain after being out of competition for so long, as the joints will be stiffer from not being exercised, but with time, his knees should feel better, and he should be back to close to normal as possible.

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