November 29, 2022


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Scouting Report: Alcaraz In Basel, Medvedev In Vienna | ATP Tour

Scouting Report: Alcaraz In Basel, Medvedev In Vienna | ATP Tour

Simply three ATP Tour occasions stay this 12 months earlier than the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in Milan and the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, two of which shall be performed this coming week.

The Swiss Indoors Basel and the Erste Financial institution Open in Vienna will present a few of the remaining alternatives for gamers to jockey for qualification for the year-end occasions, with the Milan area being finalised after this week’s play. 

Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud lead the sector in Basel, whereas Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the highest seeds in Vienna. appears forward at 5 issues to observe from every occasion.

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1) Alcaraz Returns:
Taking part in in his second ATP Tour occasion since claiming the US Open title and reaching World No. 1, the Spaniard will look to bounce again from a shock first-round exit in Astana earlier this month. The highest seed in Basel will contest an intriguing opening-round match in opposition to #NextGen ATP Briton Jack Draper as he bids to strengthen his place atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. 

2) Refreshed Ruud: The Norwegian rose to a career-high No. 2 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings following his run to the US Open remaining, however Ruud struggled to a 1-2 report in his previous two occasions, making early exits as the highest seed in Seoul and Tokyo. With the advantage of three full weeks off to recharge, the 23-year-old shall be put to the check instantly in Basel as he opens in opposition to house favorite Stan Wawrinka, a two-time Swiss Indoors Basel semi-finalist.

3) Pink-Scorching Felix Chases Turin Debut: The 22-year-old Canadian owns the seventh spot within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Race To Turin, which might be the ultimate qualification place ought to Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic stay outdoors the Prime 8. Auger-Aliassime enters Basel on the heels of titles in Florence and Antwerp. He’ll face Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler within the first spherical. 

4) Veteran Stars Murray, Wawrinka In Backside Half: Whereas Wawrinka opens in opposition to Ruud, Murray will open in opposition to Roman Safiullin after Sebastian Korda withdrew. Wawrinka is looking for his first win since a semi-final run in Metz late final month, whereas Murray reached the Gijon quarter-finals in his final outing, dropping to Korda in three units. Murray is competing in Basel for the primary time since 2005, when he was 18.

5) #NextGenATP Get together: Lorenzo Musetti, Holger Rune, Draper, Brandon Nakashima and Dominic Stricker are all competing in Basel. Of that group, solely Musetti, Rune and Draper have locked of their locations on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals. Nakashima is closing in on his second consecutive look, whereas Stricker is making an attempt to make his match debut. Naples champion Musetti is seeded eighth in Basel and faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas within the opening spherical, whereas Stockholm winner Rune takes on seventh seed Alex de Minaur.

1) Medvedev Again After Astana Damage:
Medvedev was concerned in a match-of-the-year contender in opposition to Novak Djokovic earlier this month within the Astana semi-finals, from which he was pressured to retire with a pulled adductor muscle in his leg. He returns as the highest seed in Vienna and can search to breed the shape he confirmed in Kazakhstan when he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili within the opening spherical. Medvedev is fifth within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Race To Turin and appears to seal his Turin spot and pursue a second Nitto ATP Finals title (2020).

2) Tsitsipas Seeks Third Straight Closing: The Greek has loved a robust begin to the indoor season, reaching finals in Astana and Stockholm. Already confirmed for Turin, Tsitsipas meets Austrian wild card Dennis Novak within the opening spherical, with Borna Coric a possible second-round opponent in what could be a rematch of the Cincinnati remaining, which was received by the Croatian.

3) Hometown Thiem: After reaching consecutive semi-finals in Gijon and Antwerp, Dominic Thiem will look proceed his resurgence in his native Austria. The 29-year-old will open in opposition to American Tommy Paul and will meet Medvedev in a marquee second-round matchup. The 2019 Vienna champion will search his first tour-level title since successful the 2020 US Open.


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4) Rublev, Fritz Battle For Turin: Andrey Rublev sits in sixth place within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Race To Turin, whereas Taylor Fritz is on the surface wanting in because the eighth-placed participant. Rublev, who received his fourth title of the 12 months in Gijon, should navigate a troublesome opening project in opposition to Diego Schwartzman whereas Fritz will begin in opposition to a qualifier as he seeks his Nitto ATP Finals debut.

5) The Chasing Pack: Behind Rublev and Fritz is one other trio of Turin hopefuls in Vienna. Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner are all in place to make a late cost, however want deep runs in each Vienna and Paris to enter the Prime 7 within the Race. All three males are seeded on the ATP 500, with Hurkacz drawing the highest-ranked opponent in World No. 17 Frances Tiafoe within the first spherical.