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
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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