ATP Previews: Federer in Turkey?; Munich, Estoril
by Staff | April 25th, 2015, 4:15 pm

Roger Federer goes to Turkey to collect a check, Andy Murray makes a Munich debut, and Estoril loads up on claycourt talent this week on tour:
Munich, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: Andy Murray, Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bernard Tomic, Martin Klizan, Fabio Fognini

Floaters: (WC) Janko Tipsarevic

Notes: The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…The No. 2-seeded Monfils could have plenty of chances to implode in the second round against either Pablo Andujar or Joao Souza…Andy Murray makes his debut in Munich and his debut as a married man…Potential tough start for (6) Tomic against comeback player Tipserevic…Joining Tipsarevic as wildcards are Germans Florian Mayer and Alexander Zverev…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau, Ivo Karlovic and Andreas Seppi…Last Year Klizan as a qualifier won the title, beating Fognini in the final…Returning former champs in the field are Klizan (2014) and Kohlschreiber (2012,’07).

Estoril, Portugal; Surface: clay

Seeds: Feliciano Lopez, Kevin Anderson, Tommy Robredo, Leonardo Mayer, Richard Gasquet, Jeremy Chardy, Nick Kyrgios, Gilles Muller

Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Borna Coric, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Notes: The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (4) Mayer vs. Almagro, (6) Chardy vs. Coric, and (2) Anderson vs. Garcia-Lopez…Wildcards were granted to Portugal’s Gastao Elias, Rui Machado and Frederico Ferreira Silva…Withdrawing from the event were Marcos Baghdatis, Carlos Berlocq and Adrian Mannarino…The ATP considers this a “first-time event” as the event has switched cities and ownership in Portugal.

Istanbul, Turkey; Surface: clay

Seeds: Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Cuevas, Santiago Giraldo, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Mikhail Kukushkin, Mikhail Youzhny, Diego Schwartzman

Floaters: Thomaz Bellucci, Ivan Dodig

Notes: The first-ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey debuts, with organizers spending for Roger Federer to mark the occasion…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, but potential tough starts for (7) Youzhny vs. Bellucci, and (5) Haider-Maurer vs. Dodig…Wildcards were awarded to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, Turkey’s Cem Ilkel, and Russian Andrey Rublev.


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26 Comments for ATP Previews: Federer in Turkey?; Munich, Estoril

TGIT Says:

Roger is not going all the way to Istanbul to pick up a check. Fedfans do not like what you are implying. Roger will play to win and he picks up a check wherever he goes.

Angel Says:

You people make some real stupid comments. Roger goes to plays tennis and shoul be more respectful about his decitions.

Frankie Says:

And everyone else doesn’t? What an insulting statement.

Margot Says:

Lol like Fed NEEDS a “pay check” from Turkey. Isn’t he one of the richest tennis players in the world?
On another note is that really how you guys spell “cheque?” Or was Fed merely “checking” up on how much he would be paid?

KatH Says:

@ Margot

“Every little helps”!!!!!!!…………

Humble Rafa Says:

A paycheck driven player will do anything for money. Is $70m a year not enough.

Travis Bickle Says:

Federer skips Miami 1000-level tournament (and likely Rome 1000-level as well) and decides to play Istanbul 250-level tournament, and Federinas (i.e. Fed-fanatics, Fed-balerinas, etc.) are complaining to Tennis X folks for calling it for what it really is – a money grab!

How delusional one has to be and to complain about this? Ok, let’s see – you skip Miami Masters and Rome Masters and you play Isanbullshit 250 tournament for the joy of competing and the title – not for the pay check and humongous appearance fee?!? Is this the logic of the Federinas? Must be since they are vigorously attacking Tennis X for saying Fed is collecting a cheek (or cheque for Margot :-)

Brando Says:

”Federinas? ”, ”(i.e. Fed-fanatics, Fed-balerinas, etc.)”, ”Isanbullshit”:

Can see we shall have a popular addition to this site: a sight of joy for fed fans lol!

A wonderful addition from Nole, ajde indeed!

Brando Says:

^Nole fam.

mat4 Says:


I don’t agree. Fed has also obligations toward his sponsors, and Turkey is a big country, and an important potential market.

On the other side, I guess that he prefers to play easier matches, and have more training before the peak of the clay season. He usually fares well on Madrid fast clay, but loses early lately on Rome slow clay. His choice, in my opinion, is quite adequate.

Anyway, I don’t see what is wrong with earning money when you can earn it. Wish I could too.

mat4 Says:

BTW, there were no fedfans in this thread…

Travis Bickle Says:

“Roger Federer goes to Turkey to collect a check, Andy Murray makes a Munich debut, and Estoril loads up on claycourt talent this week on tour.”

So Mat, you do not agree with the sentence above? It’s your right to disagree but that means you are cutting too much slick to good old Roger. He could get more clay practice with his hitting partners at home than what he’ll get in Turkey with the strength of the field there. The ONLY reason he is there is $$$, i.e. the astronomical appearance fee he has already received regardless of his performance in the tourney…

It would be the same as saying that Djoker showed up in Doha this year to compete for the trophy.

BTW, Novak is foolish for playing Madrid this year. The Madrid fans and their behaviour towards Novak in 2013 deserved a solid “you won’t see me ever again” greeting card from him. If Novak thinks that they won’t HATE him with passion and fanatically root for his EVERY opponent this year again, he is badly mistaken…

Travis Bickle Says:

^cutting too much SLACK^

This site should have “reply” and “edit” features…

mat4 Says:


“Anyway, I don’t see what is wrong with earning money when you can earn it. Wish I could too.”

So, answered already. And when I wrote that he has obligations toward his sponsors, it is also a question of money. Just like you wrote, Novak didn’t play Doha for the trophy neither.

And I also mentioned that no fedfans posted in this thread, at least no one that I know.

mat4 Says:

But my point was also valuable. Competition is not the same thing as sparring. Then, a tournament win is a tournament win. It looks good in the stats. I still believe that Roger made the good choice.

I also believe that Novak made a risky choice. To go to Madrid is good, IF he wins. And he has to win, and, if he can, to beat Rafa once again. Not to let him win a tournament before Paris. If he loses, especially against Rafa, it won’t be a good decision… we’ll know afterwards, like always.

But it also speaks volume about Novak’s mindset. It seems that he is full of confidence that he can do it.

Yolita Says:

Novak is not stupid, he knows perfectly well what awaits him in Madrid… But he’s man on a mission, focused, full of confidence… I think he wil succeed.

In the meantime, we’ll have another week of hopefully good matches on clay, even if less meaningful.

I loved the Andújar-Nishikori final, not as good as the girls’, of course, but great fun to watch.

Next week will be fun, too. I love clay. :-)

mat4 Says:


Didn’t watch tennis today (had a lot of work to do, but mainly on my computer, so I can post), but I am happy for Guillermo Garcia. He plays very well lately.

jalep Says:

Wishing success for Rublev in Istanbul, Coric in Estoril, and A. Zveŕ Munich.

Margot Says:
Gooooo Murphy!

Lol TB, me a “Federina?” Pistols at dawn, if you please sir.

Colin Says:

Yes, Margot, I noticed the news about Jonas, and I wonder – could Amelie’s pregnancy be excellent for Andy’s career? If she finds she can’t commit to a central coaching role, nobody will blame her (as I have always blamed Lendl for deserting the ship)and Bjorkman could ease into a permanent position.

He might be just what Andy needs at this point, and ol’ Murphy could, hopefully, shoot down the folk who have been writing him off.

But he does need to sort out the wedding ring problem!

jalep Says:

Colin. By the way, I left you a reply as you fairly asked for on the Rafwanska-Navratilova thread.

Following my favorite young guys, was happy to see that Coric beat Chardy 62 64. A.Zveŕev won a tough one of over Benji Becker and Kokkinakis made the main draw in Istanbul.

jalep Says:

Spelling error. Radwanska

jalep Says:

Munich and early rounds:
Happy to see Tipsa d. Tomic.
Kyrgios d. Ramos
And Gasquet won!
17 year old wild card Andrey Rublev won another atp main draw match. Kid has potential on clay…maybe.
But Kokkinakis lost to Lajovic.

jalep Says:

This has become my own personal thread where I talk to myself abut this week’s match results because no one I know gives flock about tennis, never mind a 250 tourny.

Well. I see Tipsa and A. Zveŕ are out of Munich. Tipsa defeared by Estrella Burgos. A. Zveŕev beaten soundly by P. Kohlscreiber.

Though I have no way of watching Istanbul, Andrey Rublev has a tough match upcoming against Geraldo Santiago. And it’s Federer vs Eminem aka Niemenem.

Have no idea what’s going on in Istanbul. ..what’s the matter might me… forgot to look!

jalep Says:

Meant i have no way of watching Istanbul but follow scores.

Hadn’t checked Estoril. But just did. Gasquet vs qualifier de Shepherd and Kyrgios vs Krasinski both matches upcoming.

Won’t bother with Wta results since I think Margot is the only poster I’ve noticed has much interest.

jalep Says:

Not Krasinski! BS Auto correct again.

Kyrgios vs Krajinovic.

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