By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: David Ferrer, Joao Sousa, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Marcel Granollers
- 2015 Champion: Benoit Paire
- British Interest: Aljaz Bedene
- CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract.com
BASTAD, SWEDEN – Top seed David Ferrer headlines the Skistar Swedish Open where the 2015 champion Benoit Paire is absent from the tournament.
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 David Ferrer
Injuries and poor form have left the Spaniard short of confidence and results. Is Ferrer ‘done’ as a top player or is this just a rough patch which he will eventually get out of?
A title win in Bastad will be a good place to start getting back that confidence. Ferrer has always been an excellent clay courter as evident by his run to the French Open final in 2013. He might not be the player he was three years a go, but he still has what it takes to go the distance here.
 Joao Sousa
Sousa is another good hand on the clay and is many people’s favourite to take home the title. He has beaten the top seed in the past and has this never say die attitude that carries him a long way.
Sousa might not be blessed with the most natural talent in the world, but he is a hard worker and undoubtedly Portugal’s greatest ever tennis export. He is always a handful for opponents and expect him to go deep in Bastad.
Another Spaniard and another man who can go all the way in this tournament. Ramos is another one of those gritty grinders that makes life difficult for anyone who faces him, and on clay that problem multiplies.
Ramos made the quarter finals at Roland Garros where he was eventually stopped by Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. The Spaniard is also a leftie like Nadal which gives opponents different looks and his clay court results speak for itself.
Whilst Granollers has found most of his success on a doubles court, he is also a very good singles player who can play well on any surface. The Spaniard is graced with great touch at the net and a solid baseline game which goes well on clay.
Granollers had a run to the quarter final run at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier in the year and made the fourth round of the French Open. Those results show he is at home on the clay just like the many Spaniards in the draw.
Recently usurped as the British No. 2 by Kyle Edmund, Bedene returns to arguably his best surface. It has been a tough old year for the naturalised Brit. His appeal to represent Great Britain was turned down with some near farcial behaviour by the ITF – first postponing it when he had fronted up to present his case, and then requiring him to attend a video conference in the early hours before his Irving Challenger final.
The resulting turmoil rocked the Brit off his axis for a while, and he had a disappointing season on grass (pretty much his worst surface anyway). Perhaps a few points scored here will help him regain some confidence ahead of the summer hard court swing.
The Skistar Swedish Opentakes place between 11-17 July.
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