World No. 1 Andy Murray and No. 2 Novak Djokovic duel for a title in Doha, while Marin Cilic is the favorite in Chennai:
QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN
Doha, Qatar; surface: hard
Seeds: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, David Goffin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ivo Karlovic, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Marcos Baghdatis
Floaters: Fernando Verdasco, Florian Mayer
Notes: Murray, Djokovic and Berdych make for three Top 10ers in the field…The wildcard fetch went to Belgian Arthur De Greef, Turkey’s Anil Yuksel, and Qatar’s Mubarak Shannan Zayid…Murray starts against Jeremy Chardy, and Djokovic against Jen-Lennard Struff..In last year’s final Djokovic allotted Rafael Nadal only three games…Former champs in the field are Djokovic (2016), Tsonga (2012), and Murray (2009-08).
AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN
Chennai, India; surface: hard
Seeds: Marin Cilic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Martin Klizan, Benoit Paire, Borna Coric, Mikhail Youzhny, Lu Yen-hsun
Notes: Cilic the lone Top 10 in a field without a lot of depth…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards were awarded to Indians Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan, and Norway’s Casper Ruud…Tommy Robredo pulled from the event…Missing is three-time defending champ Stan Wawrinka, who in last year’s final defeated Coric in straight sets…Cilic (2010-09) and Mikhail Youzhny (2008) are former champs in the field.
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