This Week On The ATP Tour – CW08

Rio Open (photo: facebook/Rio Open)

STARNBERG, February 17, 2020

World No. 4 Dominic Thiem returns to action for the first time since his run to the final of the Australian Open at the Rio Open presented by Claro. Three years ago, Thiem did not drop a set en route to the title at this ATP 500 clay-court tournament. In 2019, the Austrian fell to eventual champion Laslo Djere in the first round.

The 2020 Rio field includes 2016 titlist Pablo Cuevas, Dusan Lajovic, Borna Coric, Guido Pella, recent Cordoba Open champion Cristian Garin, and Casper Ruud, who captured his first ATP Tour title on Sunday in Buenos Aires.

US-hard-court swing to continue in Delray Beach

Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic headline this year’s Delray Beach Open by One year on from his debut at the ATP 250 event, top seed Kyrgios will open his campaign against Tommy Paul from the United States. Raonic, who finished as runner-up in 2017, will face New York Open runner-up Andreas Seppi in his first match.

Third seed Taylor Fritz is the highest-ranked US-American in the draw, followed closely by fourth seed Reilly Opelka. Both men will be aiming to become the fourth different US-American to win the event in the past five years. John Millman, Ugo Humbert, Adrian Mannarino and defending champion Radu Albot round out the seeds.

Medvedev and Tsitsipas lead Marseille line-up

World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev and defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas lead the way at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille. Medvedev and Tsitsipas are two of six Top 20 players competing at the star-studded ATP 250 event, which also features David Goffin and Denis Shapovalov.

Medvedev, who could face reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner in the second round, shares the top quarter of the draw with fifth seed Karen Khachanov. Hubert Hurkacz joins Tsitsipas in the bottom quarter of the draw. Home favourite Benoit Paire and Rotterdam runner-up Felix Auger-Aliassime are also seeded at the second ATP Tour event on French soil this year.