ATP Week Ahead: Buenos Aires, Marseilles, Memphis
Posted by gauloises1 on February 14, 2011
500; Sam Querrey defending; draw here.
Top 8 seeds: Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Yen-Hsun Lu, Kevin Anderson (Gael Monfils withdrew)
Points of interest: Delpo, Delpo, Delpo … and his first round match with defending finalist John Isner. Delpo’s won both of their meetings so far, but Isner’s improved since 2009 and it’s just a big ask for Delpo right now. Having said that, at least he’s sharp. Otherwise, it’s mainly seeing how many of the eight American men in the draw can make it past the first round and being amused that San Jose finalists Raonic and Verdasco will be meeting in the first round.
250; Juan Carlos Ferrero defending; draw here.
Top 8 seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Stanislas Wawrinka, David Nalbandian, Albert Montanes, Juan Monaco, Tommy Robredo, Alexandr Dolgopolov
Points of interest: The South American clay swing is so incestuous, I feel like I’ve thought about all these match-ups many, many times in the past two weeks. Anyway, if we’re not going to get this level of sexy bromance, then this may not be the tournament for me. But you know … I wish them well. And does anybody else think that Stan Wawrinka looks really quite like French international Dmitri Yachvilli?
250; Michael Llodra defending; draw here.
Top 8 seeds: Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny, Jurgen Melzer, Ivan Ljubicic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis, Michael Llodra
Points of interest: It’s everybody who played in Rotterdam, just on slightly faster courts. And yet … the interest. Former better-half-of-Bendra, restaurant victim Julien Benneteau, returns to the tour only to face not just the defending champion, but the man who dumped him for Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles department, in the first round. Wildcard Grigor Dmitrov gets abs-flashing partner in crime Dmitry Tursunov, while Nikolay Davydenko and Gilles Simon – both unseeded! – will play each other.