As we are on the road for the ATP Masters event alongside WTA Premier Mandatory in beautiful Madrid, we have enough action to get us there faster
The Men are split into 3 tournaments which are quite balanced with not so many top favourites around so this means unpredictability and suspense throughout the week
Let’s start with Munich which is dealing with snow these days with temperatures really low for this part of the year, with expectations that it won’t get that much better until the end of the week. So the players will face a whole new challenge.
Defending champion Andy Murray is not returning here, while the German Philip Kohlschreiber, last year’s finalist is seeded 4-th and has Gael Monfils as potential opponent in the Semis.
Juan Martin Del Potro accepted WC into the event and is starting with always entertaining to watch Dustin Brown, so this is an early encounter you just don’t want to miss.
David Goffin is the top seed in the event that lacks top 10 player and Dominic Thiem is in his part of the draw in what could be a blockbuster Semi
Total of 9 Germans are in the Main Draw including 3 of the 4 Qualifiers that earn their place with 2 wins already.
ATP Istanbul is weaker than last year when Roger Federer claimed the title and is not returning to defend it. The event has no top 20 player and top seeds are Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov.
Neither of the above mentioned is in god form and the rest of the seeds being with ranking 29-55 we could well see a surprising final and champion
Richard Gasquet won the inaugural Estoril Open last year defeating Nick Kyrgios in the final and while the latter is here ready to compete and making one step more than last year, the French isn’t.
Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire are the ones that can replace Richard as champion while continuing the trend as French winners of the event
Rabat is hosting a WTA International Event this week, but without defending champion Elina Svitolina.
The tournament moved from Marrakech back to Rabat where it was previously held 11 years ago
No clear favourite for the title, although top seeds Timea Bacsinszky and Ekaterina Makarova should be considered as ones despite their lack of form.
Last direct acceptance goes way down to no.120 – Istanbul champion Cagla Buyukakcay.
Karolina Pliskova is returning to Prague while trying to defend her title, but overall the competition is good with 3 top 20 players and 7 in top 40 a week before Madrid. The event is facing cold weather the same way as Munich
Last year Lucie Hradecka made it all the way to the final and now occupies almost the same place in the draw with potentially taking on Lucie Safarova in the 2nd round.
With local talent adding Strycova,Allertova,Siniakova sure odds that a Czech will lift the trophy on Saturday looks pretty good
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