For the full draw, please click here: ATP Thailand Open 2012 (Bangkok) Singles Draw
One of two ATP 250 indoor hard court tournaments in Asia this week, the PTT Thailand Open is a fairly new tournament but can count Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga amongst past champions in the last ten years. None of these are competing this year but the field does include other past winners such as Gilles Simon and Guillermo Garcia Lopez.
Janko Tipsarevic is top seed here and has a free pass to the second round where he will play either Robin Haase or a qualifier. While there are three fairly weak final qualifying matches, there is a potential tie with Kevin Anderson. The South African did not enter in time and so had to enter qualifiers – his ranking would have been enough for seventh seed otherwise. After ending his losing streak in Winston Salem, Donald Young will be hoping to boost his confidence further when he takes on Yen-Hsun Lu. Lu often excels at tournaments in his continent but still may be suffering from his wrist injury he picked up in Ningbo. His performance in St Petersburg was extremely disappointing as he fell to Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets. Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco makes his first appearance since the US Open here and will play Japan’s Tatsuma Ito. Ito has yet to play at main tour level indoors this year but has a challenger title to his name in Busan, Korea.
2009 winner Gilles Simon will play either home favourite Danai Udomchoke or Go Soeda. Both players have had success in Asia this year, albeit at a lower level – Udomchoke has a futures title to his name in Chinese Taipei while Soeda has won challengers in Pingguo and Kaohsiung. Udomchoke and Soeda have played each other five times with Soeda leading the head to head 3-2, though more importantly he has won each of the last three encounters. After a fairly successful return in Metz where he made the semi final, Gael Monfils opens his tournament against a qualifier. If he manages to come through this, he will face either Viktor Troicki or Sergiy Stakhovsky. Troicki will be confident of victory here, the 2009 finalist has a 3-1 record against his Ukranian opponent including 2-0 on indoor courts and victory in the last three.
Germany’s Philipp Petzschner will be very happy with his draw – he opens up against Perakiat Siriluethaiwattana. The Thai wildcard is ranked outside the top 1000 and has very rarely played outside of Thailand. Siriluethaiwattana has played this tournament a few times in the past but did not make out past the first round on any occasion. Jarkko Niemenen will face the winner of this match. Niemenen has played Petzschner just once and was defeated on that occasion in Memphis 2009. However, Petzschner has struggled this year and has a 1-4 record on the year indoors. A battle of the big servers looks a distinct possibility as Milos Raonic takes on the winner of Ivo Karlovic and Marinko Matosevic. Karlovic had a match point to make the semi final in Metz but after failing to take it would go on to be bagelled in the decider vs Nikolay Davydenko. Twice a winner in San Jose on indoor hard courts, Raonic should be a strong contender for the title if his serve works as usual.
After a controversial defeat against Andy Roddick last time he competed in a tournament, Bernard Tomic will want to silence some of the critics. The Australian definitely excels on faster courts as shown by his 15-8 record on hard courts but he faces a tough opponent in shock 2010 winner Guillermo Garcia Lopez. Lopez defeated Rafael Nadal on his way to the winning the title but has yet to consistently show this form. Veteran Swiss Marco Chiudinelli is a shock pick for the final wildcard having only competed in 14 matches at ATP Tour level in the past two years, winning just four of them. He will play Dudi Sela who was victorious in the Bangkok challenger earlier in the year. Richard Gasquet rounds off the seeds for this tournament and will face either Grigor Dimitrov or a qualifier
Finals Prediction - Milos Raonic defeats Janko Tipsarevic