After an exciting three weeks of Australian Open and Davis Cup action, the ATP Tour makes a return with the Open Sud de France in Montpellier one of three ATP 250 events this week. The French have fared well with 2004 being the last time a final didn’t have a French competitor.
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As expected, the home players dominate the draw with top seed and 2013 champion Richard Gasquet leading the way. His second round bye ensures there will be at least one French quarter finalist as he opens against either Nicolas Mahut or Paul-Henri Mathieu, the latter of which received a wildcard. They met once 10 years ago with Mathieu picking up the victory in the Segovia Challenger tournament.
Nikolay Davydenko is the sole non-Frenchman in the first quarter currently and will play Julien Benneteau while Kenny de Schepper plays a qualifier. Frenchmen are in each of the final qualifiers with Marc Gicquel and Vincent Millot amongst those aiming to get entry into the main draw.
Jerzy Janowicz admitted he was still suffering the effects of injury during the Australian Open but came back from a week off to help Poland to victory in Davis Cup over Russia. The third seed begins against either Adrian Mannarino or Roberto Bautista-Agut. Bautista-Agut had an outstanding Australian Open but was brought crashing back down to earth in Davis Cup action with a straight sets loss to Phillip Kohlschreiber.
Michal Przysiezny will have his work cut out if he wants to make it two Poles in the quarter finals. He is 0-3 against opening opponent Edouard Roger-Vasselin. With either Teymuraz Gabashvili or Dustin Brown in the next round, the winner has a great chance to make the quarter final.
The bottom half of the draw is kind to the French with Michael Llodra and Pierre Hugues-Herbert both drawing qualifiers although the former will play second seed Gilles Simon should he win. Herbert meanwhile will play either Jarkko Nieminen or Oleksandr Nedovyesov should he win. Nieminen is fairly competent on indoors while Hugues-Herbert managed to defeat Benoit Paire in his last indoor event.
It is arguable that three Frenchman are favoured to win their quarters with Gael Monfils having a great chance to win his section to. The three times finalist and 2010 winner was dumped out of the Australian Open with ease by Rafael Nadal but looks to bounce back here. He will look to make it 1-1 vs Lukasz Kubot. Kubot was a doubles title winner in Australia but his singles form currently leaves a lot to be desired. Tobias Kamke plays Joao Sousa with the winner facing Monfils/Kubot.
Dmitry Tursunov made the quarter final or better in four indoor tournaments last year and will fancies his chances likely against Denis Istomin to do so once more. He is 3-1 against the Uzbek although Istomin won the last outing at this year’s Australian Open.
SF: Richard Gasquet def. Jerzy Janowicz
SF: Gael Monfils def. Gilles Simon
F: Richard Gasquet def. Gael Monfils