The Asian Swing begins on the ATP tour with two 250 tournaments, one of which is the new Shenzhen Open in China. The tournament is headed by David Ferrer and Andy Murray, the latter of which took a wildcard.
Check out the full draw Here: ATP Shenzhen 2014 Draw
It feels like the pair should meet in the final if nothing extraordinary happens. Ferrer’s quarter looks incredibly weak with only Santiago Giraldo looking any sort of threat. After a first round bye, he plays the winner of a qualifiers match, all of whom are very weak aside from the late entrant Martin Klizan and a returning Viktor Troicki. Egor Gerasimov seems an odd choice for a wildcard given the Belarussian’s average from at Challengers and qualifying level.
Tommy Robredo will play an Australian in round two after Sam Groth and James Duckworth were drawn together. Groth won his only match in Davis Cup action since the US Open while Duckworth has been in Asia but only went 2-2 in Bangkok and Shanghai Challengers combined. Another Aussie can make it through but Simone Bolelli will have other ideas. The Italian has spent much of his time this year on the Challenger Tour but has shown what he is capable of in winning matches at both Wimbledon and the US Open. Maximo Gonzalez is 1-1 against first round opponent but has not played an indoor match at the highest level for a long time, instead focusing on the clay which has helped him make it into the top 100 this past year.
If Vasek Pospisil can live up to his 7th seeding, he can book a quarter final match up with Richard Gasquet – an opponent he has faced twice already in the past 3 months going 1-1. Teymuraz Gabashvili will be the first challenge for the Canadian who will need to improve his performance from their last meeting where was defeated in straight sets at the French Open. Pospisil is much better on hard courts than clay and should be able to make it through this tie. With Argentinians Juan Monaco and Federico Delbonis the possible round two opponents, the Canadian will be confident of making it through. Monaco has performed on hard courts before but has continued to fall down the rankings. Gasquet will play either Gilles Muller or Marco Chiudinelli. Muller won their only meeting 12 years ago in a Challenger event in Uzbekistan. Muller was also the winner of the Challenger event in Shenzhen earlier in the year.
After the performances of Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic in New York further put Andy Murray‘s World Tour Finals chances at risk, he took action by taking wildcards in Asia, one of which was the tournament. It seems difficult to see him failing to make the final, which would guarantee him at least 150 points. Possible first round opponent Xin Gao has yet to play a main tour match while Somdev Devvarman only win at ATP level on hard courts this year came after Juan Martin Del Potro retired. 5th seed Gilles Simon is projected to play Murray in the quarter finals but a 1-12 record makes for terrible reading. He plays Richard Berankis with the winner taking on Lukas Lacko or Evgeny Donskoy.
SF: David Ferrer def. Tommy Robredo
SF: Andy Murray def. Richard Gasquet
F: Andy Murray def. David Ferrer