Weekly Snapshot: Asian Swing Kicks Off In Style
by Matt Fitzgerald|
Tap into the essentials of the week ahead and re-live the highlights of the past week with our Weekly Snapshot, as we serve up an executive summary of what every fan should know, along with a look at the best in social media.
Who’s Playing This Week?
There are two ATP World Tour 250 events in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Thailand Open: Ninth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic leads four Top 20 players in Bangkok. Tipsarevic is just outside a qualification spot to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, sitting in ninth place. He’s aiming to keep pace with eighth-placed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who triumphed in Metz last week. Second seed Richard Gasquet (t-12th) and third seed Milos Raonic (14th) are also contending for berths to the season finale. The 2009 champion Gilles Simon is the No. 4 seed. He is joined by 2010 titlist Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
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Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur: World No. 5 David Ferrer begins his Asian hard-court swing in Kuala Lumpur. He is fifth in the Race To London and has a 2,060 point lead over the ninth positioned player. Second seed Juan Monaco looks to boost his chance of qualifying, entering the week in a tie for 12th place. Kei Nishikori is the third seed and Alexandr Dolgopolov is seeded fourth. Wild card Nikolay Davydenko, the maiden champion of the event in 2009, is also competing.
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Two doubles specialists with no singles ranking successfully qualified into the Kuala Lumpur main draw. Dominic Inglot dismissed Austin Karosi 6-2, 6-2, while 38-year-old Julian Knowle rallied past sixth seed Toshihide Matsui 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Kuala Lumpur – Singles
Denis Istomin – 99 wins
Andreas Seppi 25 (+3 spots)
Martin Klizan 33 (+12 spots) – Career High
Pablo Andujar 42 (-9 spots)
Victor Hanescu 58 (+22 spots)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver 74 (+19 spots)
Andrey Kuznetsov 91 (+25 spots) – Career High
Dmitry Tursunov 100 (+25 spots)
Player To Watch: Richard Gasquet
Gasquet returns to action in Bangkok, where he is seeded second. The World No. 14 is ranked 12th in the Race to London, which determines the eight qualifying players for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Gasquet has been consistent in 2012, reaching the round of 16 at all four major tournaments, advancing to the Rogers Cup final (l. to Djokovic) and finishing runner-up in Estoril (l. to del Potro). The Frenchman has a 33-18 season record and is bidding to win his first title since capturing the trophy in Nice two years ago.
WEEK IN REVIEW
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In Case You Missed It…
Metz: Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retained his Moselle Open crown, needed just 50 minutes to dismiss fifth seed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2.
Tsonga: “I Had A Complete Match With No Gaps”
St. Petersburg: World No. 45 Martin Klizan captured his first ATP World Tour title, defeating Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3 in the St. Petersburg Open final.
Klizan: “I Played Really Solid” | Read First-Time Winner Spotlight
• UNICEF Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited the “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten in Lesnica, Serbia to raise awareness in the importance of early childhood education. More…
• The draw for the 16 nations competing in the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round took place. More…
• Lleyton Hewitt has been awarded the first wild card into the 2012 Shanghai Rolex Masters. More...
• Kei Nishikori and Janko Tipsarevic promoted the ATP World Tour’s upcoming three-week Asian swing in Singapore. More…
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