The lovely city of Sofia, Bulgaria, will be hosting the Garanti Koza Sofia Open this week. Let us take a look at some of the contenders.
The first seed in the tournament is the World No. 8 Dominic Thiem. The 23 year old has been busy so far, and is coming in with a record of 5-8. He last played in the Australian Open, where he lost to David Goffin in four sets. Interestingly enough, his Belgian adversary has been seeded second for the tournament. This competition is going to be more about avenging the losses. Goffin had a superb run in the Australian Open and reached as far as the quarterfinal. Over there, he succumbed the local favourite Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. Interestingly, the Bulgarian is the third seed here and has also defeated Thiem earlier this season. His run in Melbourne ended in the semifinal against Rafael Nadal. It was a five set slug fest, but his determination and skills proved that Dimitrov is a much evolved player than previous season.
He also won the ATP Brisbane and is certainly the player to beat here. Lastly, Roberto Bautista Agut is the fourth seed. He lost in the fourth round in Melbourne, but did win the Aircel Open prior to that.
Posted: 1st February 2016
The Sofia Open is a new ATP Tournament joining the calendar for the first time this year. Despite its newcomer status, the organizers managed to put together a fairly substantial total prize amounting to €463,520.
The tournament - that will be played on indoor hard courts - will not be as lucrative as the week's other big ATP event but it will be fairly, close, and that's a big surprise. Bulgaria is not necessarily famous for its ATP or WTA events but rather their Challenger level competitions. The presence of Grigor Dimitrov as one of the top players in the world obviously helped their quest, but the Bulgarian won't compete in Sofia. While he won't be there, there will be plenty of quality players in the main draw. There is no top 20 player on the list but there will be as many as four players who are currently ranked between 20 and 30, and another four top 50 players. The biggest favorite is probably the Serbian Viktor Troicki who will be seeded second. He already won an ATP tournament this year and he could very well add another to his already impressive resume.
If not him than one of the Spaniards (Roberto Bautista Agut or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez) could go all the way, not to mention the Italian Andreas Seppi.
Tags: Sofia Open, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Grigor Dimitrov, ATP Tournament, Viktor Troicki, Roberto Bautista Agut
Posted: 2nd February 2017
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