The Golden Swing continues this week at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club in Argentina this week. David Ferrer is the two times defending champ and can match Nicolas Almagro‘s six titles over the four events (Chile, Buenos Aires, Brazil, Acapulco) if he is successful once more this upcoming week.
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Ferrer was a late wildcard addition after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal and takes over the number one seeding. He gets a kind opening draw, playing a qualifier that could include Christian Garin, Andreas Haider-Maurer amongst others while last year’s doubles finalists Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler face each other for a spot in the final qualifying round. Ferrer is a combined 7-0 against potential second round opponents Albert Montanes and Santiago Giraldo in main tour play and did not lose a set in any of those matches. Giraldo is 3-1 against Montanes including a straight sets win in Auckland this year.
An out of form and injury hit Juan Monaco is there for the taking in the other part of this quarter. He is on a six match losing streak (not counting Davis Cup) and faces an opponent that has been victorious against the Argentinian in each of their two meetings. Albert Ramos was a winner in Acapulco and Miami vs Monaco but a loss to Martin Alund last week doesn’t do much to inspire hope. The winner plays either Filippo Volandri or a qualifier in round two.
2011 winner and fourth seed Nicolas Almagro made a decent return in his first tournament of the year, losing to Fabio Fognini in a third set tiebreak in the semi finals in Viña del Mar. He is 2-0 against Horacio Zeballos who unsurprisingly failed to defend his title in Chile this past week. An all-Spanish second round clash seems likely with Daniel Gimeno-Traver playing a qualifier in his opener.
Alexandr Dolgopolov lost from a break up in the third against Gimeno-Traver and will hope for a much improved tournament this time out, beginning with Pablo Cuevas in round one. Cuevas was a first round loser in his opening tournament of the year to Federico Delbonis in straight sets. Now inside the top 80, Alejandro Gonzalez is still without a main tour win and it will be a tough ask getting it this week after drawing eighth seed Jeremy Chardy in round one.
While the choice to play Buenos Aires over home tournament Rotterdam (500) may seem an odd choice at first for Robin Haase, it may actually prove more fruitful for the Dutchman given his more impressive performances on clay as well as a better chance of going deep. He plays a qualifier in round one and is 2-1 against possible second round opponent Carlos Berlocq. Berlocq must first see off Joao Sousa who has found life on the main tour tough at the beginning of 2014.
Another Spaniard-dominated section looks sure to produce a quarter finalist with only Guido Pella in the way for Tommy Robredo, Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Pella showed promise at the start of last season but failed to push on and moved back down to the Challenger Tour at the latter end with some success. Carreno Busta picked up his first win of the season last week but looks likely to go 1-5 on the season with Robredo in the way. Robredo was a second round loser in Chile but Leonardo Mayer’s final appearance now makes that defeat look a little less bad.
We could see a repeat of the Viña del Mar in the second round with Fabio Fognini and Leonardo Mayer drawn close together. Fognini plays the German Julian Reister who is looking to avoid making it 0-4 on the year but will have to hope that Fognini suffers a letdown after an outstanding week in Chile. Mayer lost his only meeting to first round opponent Facundo Arguello but is much improved this season if his run this week is anything to go by.
Federico Delbonis impressed last season, making a 500 final on the clay of Hamburg after defeating Roger Federer. He plays Pablo Andujar, hoping to avoid going 0-5 against the Spaniard, although Delbonis is a much improved player since they last met in mid-2012. Marcel Granollers completes the seeds at no.5, Aljaz Bedene is first up for him.
SF: David Ferrer def. Nicolas Almagro
SF: Fabio Fognini def. Robin Haase
F: David Ferrer def. Fabio Fognini