A stacked field full of talent should see this years Open 13 flourish. 17 different countries being represented & with only two players defending a significant amount of points, this presents a great opportunity for a number of players who could use a rankings boost.
Greek sensation, Stefanos Tsitsipas, would love to find some form here after suffering early-round defeats in his previous two tournaments. Form will be tough to come by however, as he has been drawn in the same quarter as the 7th-seeded & in-form, Gael Monfils. Monfils defeated Tsitsipas two weeks ago in Sofia. Young Korean, Hyeon Chung, was also in this quarter, but was forced to withdraw late, and thus is replaced by a lucky loser.
David Goffin heads up the second quarter here & is also somebody who would love to find form. The Belgian is 2-4 on the year & has three first round losses to his name thus far. He will likely meet Benoit Paire in the second round, they share a 3-3 H2H record against one another. Gojowczyk-Dzumhur is a fun first round match & the winner of that could make a deep run.
Tsonga is enjoying some recent success and plays the young Russian, Andrey Rublev first up. 4th-seed, Denis Shapovalov, will see the winner of Kudla-Kukushkin, but shouldn’t have any issues there.
2nd-seeded, Borna Coric, should fancy his chances of making some noise here. He owns a 100% winning record against his quarter & will take confidence from his fourth round result at the Australian Open.
On Upset Alert we have Ugo Humbert. Humbert has drawn Ernests Gulbis first up & the French WC comes in fresh of a ATP Tour Challenger title & a narrow 3 set loss to Tsonga, in his previous two outings. Matteo Berrettini has also produced strong results lately & it would be no shock if he is to take out the 8th-seeded, Jeremy Chardy.
One To Watch
Our One To Watch here is Damir Dzumhur. The 26-year-old Bosnian is capable of taking it right up to anyone on his day. Having produced mixed results so far this season, he does have a recent scalp over Stefanos Tsitsipas, but has twice fallen to Gael Monfils, convincingly. His draw isn’t too bad, however.
The winner here I believe will be Borna Coric. He went down in a tough 4-setter in the round of 16 in Melbourne, but was playing great tennis up until that. He has received a cushy draw & should cruise to the semi finals before facing his first real test. A 3rd career title here would solidify himself well inside the top 15 & be knocking on the door of the top 10.