Rotterdam plays host to the first ATP 500 tournament of 2019 with the tournament that has been in existence since 1974, having seen an illustrious range of champions with the likes of Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Roger Federer among others. Get all the information on this year’s Rotterdam Open including the draw and live streaming options.
Tournament director and 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek has always done his best to ensure the draw is well represented by the bigger names on the ATP circuit.
In 2018, the tournament was highlighted by the presence of Roger Federer, who won the title and in turn became the oldest world number one.
Although Roger Federer is not playing in Rotterdam this year, the draw is stacked with top ranked players , as well as a number of unseeded stars returning from injury lay-offs.
Top seed Kei Nishikori, will be looking to add another title after his win at the Brisbane ATP 250 earlier this year. Nishikori has had a strong last nine months, after returning from a long injury lay- off that had him playing on the Challenger circuit upon return.
With a return to the top ten rankings and an appearance at the year-end ATP finals in London, Nishikori’s renewed confidence and form will make him one of the favorites here for the title.
Nishikori has a tough opener against Frenchman doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who has been moving up the singles rankings and will break into the top 40 next week for the first time.
Herbert is scheduled to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Montpellier ATP 250 finals prior to the Rotterdam tournament, on Sunday. Nishikori’s path to the semi-finals. only gets more challenging, should he beat Herbert, with Canadian teenage sensation Denis Shapavalov, and potentially Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista Agut on the way.
Agut has had a good start to the year, but himself has a challenging quarter, with an opener against Korean rising star Hyeon Chung, and possibly Hungarian Martin Fucsovics, who first plays in the ATP 250 finals in Sofia on Sunday.
Nishikori is seeded to meet Canadian Milos Raonic in the semi-finals. Raonic begins his campaign against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.
If Raonic progresses through the draw, his path to the semi-finals could be a second round against Swiss former world number three Stanislas Wawrinka and either of Lucas Pouille or Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. That sums up the top half of the draw, where there are almost six or seven viable semi-final contenders.
The bottom half of the draw looks equally well represented, with “Next Gen” stars Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas seeded to meet each other in the semi-finals. However, neither has an easy road to get there.
Khachanov will be looking to recover soon from a disappointing early exit at the ATP 250 in Sofia. After what should be a routine opening match for Khachanov, the Russian potentially runs into Tsonga and Daniil Medvedev before the semi-finals. Tsonga is contesting the ATP 250 Montpellier finals, with Medvedev in the ATP 250 Sofia finals at the same time.
Tsitsipas will look to do better at Rotterdam, than he did in Sofia, where he lost in the quarter-finals in straight sets to Frenchman Gael Monfils. Tsitsipas opens against Damir Dzumhur, but things could get challenging pretty early with David Goffin, Nikoloz Basilashvili, and Gael Monfils all in his path before the semi-finals.
Both halves of the draw have potential for several upsets, and surprise results. Four of the last five champions are in the draw and unseeded; Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka, Martin Klizan, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. With Kei Nishikori a slight favorite over the rest, one would not be surprised to have a repeat veteran champion, or a rising ‘Next Gen’ champion.
Rotterdam and the ATP tour can look forward to an exciting week of tennis, with its agonies and ecstasies.
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