Andalucia Open Marbella 2021: ATP tennis preview
Andalucia Open 2021: ATP tennis preview
The players are back on clay! What can you expect from ATP tennis players at this week’s Andalucia Open in Marbella?
Tennishead highlights one of the first pair of tournaments of the full season on clay with the Andalucia Open. Which ATP tennis players are in competition and which battles can you expect to watch?
There are 28 players competing in the Andalusia Open this year, with 8 seeds for the overall standings and the top 4 seeds having a first round bypass.
The seeds are as follows:
1. Pablo Carreno Busta (SPA)
2. Fabio Fognini (WC) (ITA)
3. Casper Ruud (NOR)
4. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (SPA)
5. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (SPA)
6. Feliciano Lopez (SPA)
7. Soonwoo Kwon (KOR)
8. Federico Delbonis (ARG)
The draw features many local talents, with 10 of the 28 players being Spanish, including 4 of the 8 seeds.
17-year-old Dane Holger Rune, who recently won his first ATP tennis match in Santiago de Chile, had his first game against 7th seed Soonwoo Kwon.
While this is an exciting prospect, the game has already happened, with the South Korean winning in a decisive tie-break.
Another 17-year-old prospect Carlos Alcaraz received a wildcard entry into the tournament and will face qualifier Nikola Milojevic first. If he manages to defeat the Serb, the young Spaniard will likely face his compatriot and not. 6 seed Feliciano Lopez, a man 22 years his senior.
No.2 seed Fabio Fognini will look to start his clay season as the reigning Monte Carlo Masters 2019 champion. He will face either Jaume Munar or qualifier Henri Laaksonen in the second round.
The quarter-finals could see Fognini face Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina potentially ahead of Casper Ruud or another Spaniard of Feliciano Lopez in the semifinals.
In fact, depending on the drop in results and if Fognini qualifies for the final, the Italian could go through the whole tournament only against the Spanish opposition (R2: Munar → QF: Davidovich Fokina / Martinez → SF: Lopez / Alcaraz → F: Carreno Busta / Miralles / Viella Martinez / Ramos-Vinolas).
Seeded Pablo Carreno Busta is apparently a wild card among the Spaniards, with many stronger results on hard than on clay, but is hoping to do well here.
He could face Argentina Open finalist Francisco Cerundolo in the quarter-finals, and then perhaps another Argentine in the semi-finals in the form of Federico Delbonis. An all-Spanish clash could take place in the semi-final between Carreno Busta and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Finally, there is the chance of an all-Spanish last four. If one of the Carreno Busta, Bernabe Zapata Miralles or Mario Viella Martinez takes on Ramos-Vinolas in the semi-finals, that sorts the top half.
In the lower half of the draw, Jaume Munar, Pedro Martinez or Alejandro Davidovich Fokina could face Carlos Alcaraz or Feliciano Lopez in the lower semi-final.