The frenetic month of February continues with one other trio of tournaments. The second ATP World Tour 500 occasion of the 12 months takes place on the Rio Open offered by Claro, whereas the Open 13 Provence returns to Marseille and the Delray Beach Open celebrates its 26th version.
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10 THINGS TO WATCH IN RIO DE JANEIRO
(1) What A Week: Twenty-two of the Top 32 gamers on the ATP World Tour will compete this week in Rio de Janeiro, Delray Beach or Marseille. Leading the way in which on the Rio Open offered by Claro are defending champion Dominic Thiem and Australian Open and Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic.
(2) No. Three And Rising: Only Roger Federer stopped Cilic from claiming two of the previous three Grand Slam titles. Despite falling to Federer within the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals, the Croat is at a career-high No. Three ATP Ranking coming into the Rio Open. Cilic will make his match debut because the No. 1 seed. The 29-year-old is in search of an ATP World Tour championship for the 11th straight season.
(Three) Feet Of Clay: Thiem swept all 10 units he performed on the 2017 Rio Open en path to the second ATP World Tour 500 title of his profession. He went 24-5 on clay and 25-22 on different surfaces final season. The World No. 6 is one in every of two males to beat the Big Four of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on clay courts. Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka is the opposite.
(four) Spanish Armada: Thiem defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas within the 2017 Rio Open semi-finals and Pablo Carreno Busta within the last. The Spaniards return this week because the No. four and No. Three seeds respectively. Ramos-Vinolas started the ATP’s Golden Swing by advancing to the Quito last.
(5) Fognini Returns: Like Ramos-Vinolas and Carreno Busta, Fabio Fognini could have appeared in any respect 5 editions of the Rio Open. The Italian upset Nadal to achieve the 2015 last, which he misplaced to a different Spaniard David Ferrer. Fognini has performed in no less than two finals every season since 2012.
(6) Schwartzman’s Surge: South America produced one of many ATP World Tour’s most improved gamers of 2017 in Diego Schwartzman. The 5’7” Argentine earned a brand new career-high rating 9 instances, reached 11 quarter-finals or higher, and loved a career-best 39 wins final season.
(7) Melbourne Magic: Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren will make his Rio Open debut after defeating Wawrinka and Thiem in Melbourne because the World No. 97. Sandgren grew to become the lowest-ranked Australian Open quarter-finalist since then-No. 105 Mikael Tillstrom in 1996.
(eight) Two-Time Champion: Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay upset Nadal en path to the 2016 Rio Open singles title, then teamed with Carreno Busta to seize the 2017 Rio Open doubles title. Cuevas will defend his doubles crown with Carreno Busta and search his seventh ATP singles title this week.
(9) Wild Cards: Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Thiago Monteiro acquired wild playing cards together with #NextGenATP participant Casper Ruud of Norway. At the 2017 Rio Open, Ruud earned the primary three victories of his profession earlier than squandering a match level in opposition to Carreno Busta within the semi-finals.
(10) Homegrown Hopes: Marcelo Melo of Brazil and co-World No. 1 Lukasz Kubot of Poland headline the doubles discipline. They are joined within the draw by Bruno Soares of Brazil and Jamie Murray of Great Britain. A Brazilian has by no means gained the singles or doubles title on the Rio Open.
10 THINGS TO WATCH IN DELRAY BEACH
(1) What A Week: Leading the way in which on the Delray Beach Open are former champions Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey and Ivo Karlovic.
(2) Title Town: Sock’s run to the 2017 Delray Beach Open title was 12 years within the making. Playing on the similar venue as a junior, Sock swept singles and doubles titles on the 2005 USTA Boys’ 12s National Spring Championships and the 2009 USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Championships. Then, he gained his first ATP title in doubles alongside James Blake on the 2013 Delray Beach Open.
(Three) Anderson Eyes Back-To-Back Titles: On Sunday, Anderson lifted his fourth ATP World Tour trophy on the inaugural New York Open, defeating Querrey in an exhilarating encounter that was determined in a third-set tie-break. Now, the big-hitting South African is eyeing his second triumph in as many weeks. Seeded third, he opens in opposition to Evgeny Donskoy.
(four) Snowbirds United: Raonic and 18-year-old countryman Denis Shapovalov open their campaigns on Tuesday on Canada Day in Delray Beach. Shapovalov burst onto the scene at Montreal final August by changing into the youngest ATP Masters 1000 semi-finalist within the 28-year historical past of the collection.
(5) Delpo In Delray: Returning to Delray Beach is Del Potro, who gained his first eight matches and 16 units on the occasion earlier than semi-final losses in 2016 and 2017. The Argentine was No.1,042 within the ATP Rankings on the 2016 Delray Beach Open, following his fourth wrist surgical procedure. He rose 1,000 spots to No. 42 forward of the 2017 Delray Beach Open. Del Potro broke again into the Top 10 on 15 January 2018.
(6) Homecoming Kev: Anderson returns to Delray Beach for a ninth straight 12 months. The Palm Beach County resident gained the 2012 title and reached the 2014 last, however he has misplaced his previous three matches in Delray. Anderson defeated Querrey en path to his first Grand Slam last on the 2017 US Open.
(7) Norrie Lucky Loser: When Australian No. 1 Nick Kyrgios was pressured to withdraw with an elbow damage forward of the match, fortunate loser Cameron Norrie was awarded a fortunate loser entry into the principle draw. The Brit is making his ATP World Tour hard-court debut after an electrical 2017 marketing campaign that noticed him win three ATP Challenger Tour titles and rise to a career-high of No. 110 within the ATP Rankings. He may crack the Top 100 with a robust displaying in Delray Beach.
(eight) No Qualifying Needed: Also making his predominant draw debut in Delray Beach is 21-year-old Hyeon Chung, who misplaced in qualifying one 12 months in the past. After ending 2017 because the Next Gen ATP Finals champion, Chung defeated Djokovic en path to the Australian Open semi-finals final month.
(9) Red, White And Blue: All Top 5 and 9 of the Top 10 Americans are within the Delray Beach draw, together with #NextGenATP gamers Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe. Also within the discipline are three-time semi-finalist John Isner and 2015 finalist Donald Young, who’ve mixed for one win in 2018.
(10) Bros Are Back: Four-time doubles champions and six-time finalists Bob and Mike Bryan will make their 11th look on the Delray Beach Open. Despite profitable two of their document 114 titles in 2017, the American twins completed a season exterior of the Top 10 for the primary time since 2001.
10 THINGS TO WATCH IN MARSEILLE
(1) What A Week: Leading the sector at Marseille are World No. 7 David Goffin, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka and 2017 runner-up Lucas Pouille.
(2) Goffin The Great: Goffin ended the 2017 season as one of many hottest gamers on the ATP World Tour. He gained 25 of his final 33 matches with back-to-back titles at Shenzhen and Tokyo, then victories over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the Nitto ATP Finals. Goffin grew to become the primary Belgian to interrupt into the Top 10, qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals and defeat a World No. 1 participant.
(Three) Wawrinka’s Recovery: After present process two left knee surgical procedures in August, Wawrinka returned final month on the Australian Open with a first-round win over Ricardas Berankis. Following a semi-final run at Sofia and an opening-round loss at Rotterdam, Wawrinka enters Marseille at Three-Three on the 12 months. The Swiss can be Three-Three lifetime on the Open 13 Provence, by no means advancing previous the quarter-finals.
(four) Best Of France: Since their assembly within the 2017 Marseille last, Pouille has handed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga within the ATP Rankings and emerged because the No. 1 Frenchman. Pouille defeated Tsonga, Benoit Paire and Richard Gasquet en path to the Montpellier championship two weeks in the past.
(5) The Champs Are Here: Joining Pouille this week are Davis Cup teammates Julien Benneteau, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut and Gilles Simon. After capturing his first ATP title at 2007 Marseille, Simon gained the occasion once more in 2015. He is making his 12th Marseille look.
(6) Czech Is Balanced: Few gamers on the ATP World Tour are as constant as 2013 Marseille finalist Tomas Berdych. Last month, the Czech reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the seventh time in eight years. He has been ranked within the Top 20 every week since 15 March 2010.
(7) Much Improved: Bosnian Damir Dzumhur is seeded following a sensational 2017 season. Dzumhur ended the 12 months on a 24-7 run, highlighted by his first two ATP World Tour titles at St. Petersburg and Moscow. He upset then-No. Three Wawrinka at Dubai for the most important win of his profession.
(eight) Fond Memories: Filip Krajinovic returns to France this week for the primary time since his run to the ATP Masters 1000 Paris last final fall. Ranked 77th on the time, the Serbian certified and have become the lowest-ranked ATP Masters 1000 finalist since then-No. 98 Mardy Fish at 2008 Indian Wells.
(9) Born In 2000: Seventeen-year-olds Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Hugo Gaston of France acquired wild playing cards. Auger-Aliassime made his ATP World Tour debut final week at Rotterdam, whereas Gaston debuts this week after capturing the Australian Open junior doubles title.
(10) Familiar Face: Two-time doubles champion Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France returns to Marseille alongside Rohan Bopanna of India. Roger-Vasselin gained the Open 13 Provence title in 2012 with Mahut and in 2014 with Benneteau. He has not performed doubles at Marseille since then.