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It’s the last week of ATP World Tour action before the first Grand Slam of the year begins at the Australian Open on January 19 and the Apia International Sydney features a strong field, with Fabio Fognini topping the draw, Australians Nick Kyrgios, Marinko Matosevic, Sam Groth and Bernard Tomic all in action and defending champion Juan Martin del Potro making his return to competitive tennis after almost a year out of action.
Fabio Fognini (1)
Fabio Fognini (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
– World no. 19 Fabio Fognini has only gone as far as the second round at the Apia International Sydney in his past two attempts, and given that he has a bye into the second round as the top seed, he will be hoping to better that result substantially.
Fognini, whose best hard-court result in 2014 was a quarterfinal showing at the Cincinnati Masters and who lost to three players ranked outside the top 100 on that surface during the season – including world no. 553 Chafan Wang – was not particularly impressive at last week’s Hopman Cup and could face either defending champion Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing his first matches for almost a year, or more likely Sergiy Stakhovsky for a place in the quarterfinals.
David Goffin (2) – Belgian David Goffin has made a bright start to 2015 which encourages one to hope that his fantastic latter half of 2014, during which he went 45-5 and won his first two ATP World Tour titles, wasn’t a fluke. A semifinalist at the Chennai Open where he lost to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka, Goffin is playing at the Apia International Sydney for the first time and has a very decent draw: The second seed opens against either Marinko Matosevic or Simone Bolelli before potentially facing big-hitting but erratic Martin Klizan in the quarterfinals.
Juan Martin del Potro in happier days (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
– Runner-up at the Apia International Sydney in 2014, when he was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in the final, the enfant terrible of Australian tennis is now 22 years old, a former champion in Sydney (2013) and is showing some signs of a more serious commitment to translating his undeniable talent into consistent results.
Tomic lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International last week and is unseeded in Sydney, opening against a qualifier before facing third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the quarterfinals – but Kohlschreiber and Jeremy Chardy (the other seed in his quarter) are well within Tomic’s powers to defeat.
Juan Martin del Potro – The gentle giant of men’s tennis makes his welcome return to competition at the Apia International Sydney, where he is the defending champion. Sydney was the last title del Potro won before undergoing the second major wrist surgery of his injury-hit career and del Potro, now ranked world no. 135, will be playing his first match since February last year when he takes on world no. 57 Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round in Sydney.
Given that del Potro is still suffering pain in his left wrist, has not been able to practice properly and is keen to stress that he is returning to competition primarily for emotional reasons and not because he feels remotely ready to take on his peers at anything like his former level, we should not expect too much from him – but there isn’t anybody in the tennis world who won’t be delighted to see him back.
The Apia International Sydney begins in Sydney on Monday 12 January and will be available to watch online.
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