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The ATP World Tour continues this week with Rio Open being the next tournament on the list. In many ways, this can be considered as the continuation of the Argentina Open, given that many big names from there are playing here.

 

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World No. 5 Kei Nishikori is the top seed here, who is coming in after losing the final in Buenos Aires to Alexandr Dolgopolov last week. Interestingly, the Ukrainian has also defeated the likes of Pablo Cuevas and Pablo Carreno Busta over there. Now, all these players have a chance to avenge their loss against Dolgopolov, considering that they will be playing in Rio over the week. World No. 8 Dominic Thiem has been given the second seed for the tournament. He spent his last week playing in Rotterdam, where he reached the quarterfinal before losing to Pierre-Hughes Herbert. Apart from these lads, the prominent Spaniard David Ferrer will also participate in the tournament. His start to the season has been quite rocky and he'll be keen on developing some momentum here.

 

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At the moment, Dolgopolov appears to be in the best form. But it'll be interesting to see if he can continue to perform in the same way in Rio too. This is surely going to be an action packed week.

 

Posted: 15th February 2016

 

The 2016 Rio Open will be the third edition in tournament history. The outdoor clay court tournament will come with a $1.548.755 total prize money on the ATP side.

 

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The reigning champion is the Spaniard David Ferrer who will more than likely try to defend his title. The very first edition of the tourney was won by Rafael Nadal back in 2014, which means that so far all two champions were Spanish players. This streak could very well continue this year as both Ferrer and Nadal will likely attend the event. The 14-time Grand Slam champion will once again try to find some consistency after losing the Buenos Aires semifinal to Austrian Dominic Thiem. The other seeded players will be (after top seed Nadal and second seed Ferrer) world number 9 Jo Wilfried Tsonga, world number 12 John Isner, world number 19 Dominic Thiem, world number 23 Jack Sock, world number 24 Fabio Fognini and world number 30 Thomaz Bellucci. The main favorites are the Spaniards but with Thiem winning Buenos Aires, the Austrian could easily get on a roll in which case he could be very dangerous as well.

 

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He has a very effective attacking style on the surface which overwhelmed even Nadal (granted, not close to his best). One of these three players (Nadal, Ferrer, Thiem) will more than likely win the title.

 

Posted: 16th February 2015

 

2015 Rio Open will be played between 16 and 22 February in Rio De Janerio, Brazil and let us take a look at the players in the mens singles.

 

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The defending champion Rafael Nadal is the top seeded player. He has begun his year on a shaky note – reaching the quarterfinal at Melbourne and losing in the first round at Doha. It now appears that he has recovered well from the injuries and is ready to play in his old self. His compatriot David Ferrer has been seeded second. He has begun his year on a much better note than Nadal – winning the title at Doha and also reaching the fourth round at Australian Open. The world no. 17 Tommy Robredo has been given the third seed, who played only at Melbourne so far this year, but was routed in the first round itself. The Italian Fabio Fognini has been seeded fourth; whose season so far has been less than average, owing to the early exits at Sydney and Australian Open.

 

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For me, the favorite would definitely have to Rafael Nadal. He is in good spirits and definitely looks confident to win his second title at Rio and gain some traction for the upcoming events. Ferrer may pose a challenge to him in the later stage of the event, but it shouldn’t be something which Nadal cannot overcome.

 

Posted: 17th February 2014

 

Rio, Brazil proudly presents eight of the clay courts at Jockey Club for the first ever 500 event, to be held from the 17th of February till the 23rd of the same month.

 

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The tournament has had the honour of a huge financial commitment of US$ 1,454,365. This event is being broadcasted as a joint event of ATP 500 and WTA in South American continent. The tournament headlines point at one of the tennis titans of all times, Rafael Nadal. The seven times winner of the Roland Garros trophy, and currently world number 1, Nadal looks forward to making his Rio debut an experience to remember. Spain also sends in David Ferrer, who has a stunning 20-22 ATP Tour record to his credit. Nicolas Almagro will also be making an appearance, hoping that his good luck on clay courts will help him reach high in the tournament. Fabio Fognini, Monaco, Chardy, Robredo and Granollers will also be competing in the tournament. The director of the event says that this venture is not a risk. Brazil loves tennis and will welcome any new venture as far as it is tennis, he said.

 

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Tickets for the matches are being sold online and at the Jockey Club, Brazil.

 


Tags: ATP World Tour, Rio Open, Kei Nishikori, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Dominic Thiem, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Rio De Janerio, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, ATP Tour, Nicolas Almagro
Posted: 20th February 2017


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