By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Kei Nishikori, Pablo Cuevas, David Ferrer, Pablo Carreno Busta
- 2016 Champion: Dominic Thiem
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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – All-change as Memphis four time champion Kei Nishikori heads up a solid clay court field.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|ATP Buenos Aires $546,680||R2||16 Feb|
|A Dolgopolov (UKR)||63 76(4)||P Cuevas  (URU)|
|C Berlocq [WC] (ARG)||64 62||D Ferrer  (ESP)|
|G Melzer (AUT)||76(4) 63||G Andreozzi [Q] (ARG)|
|T Monteiro (BRA)||63 64||T Robredo [PR] (ESP)|
Memphis’ loss is Argentina’s gain as Nishikori lends quite some weight to the ATP 250 field. The Japanese player has already proved his props on clay. Actually a strong surface for Nishikori, all of his titles, both on the Challenger and the ATP World Tour Finals have been won on the dirt.
He returns to Argentina for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals on his debut in 2012. As always, his ability to carry injuries has perhaps stopped him from being a stand-out from the ‘Lost Boys’ Generation, and along with Milos Raonic he is the only one to at least make a Slam final. He ought to be confident of a decent run.
Cuevas is a solid clay courter, and for the last two years has been in the quarter-finals. He has some wily opposition lurking in his section of the draw and comes into the tournament a little match shy. No back to back wins yet in 2017, and he could find himself upended on a third quarter-final in a row if he comes up against a match-confident Paolo Lorenzo as predicted.
Three-time champion Ferrer returns to a tournament that has been a favourite for the clay-court Armada. The gritty defender may have slipped down the rankings and had to juggle with a few injuries of late, but he has started his year steadily enough.
We can expect a strong performance from him in a tournament where he made four finals in a row and won three straight titles. He may be slowing down a little, but the veteran grinder ought to be good for a deep run here.
While all the other seeds have a strong record here, Carreno Busta has something to prove. In three years he has never made it past the opening round. As fourth seed he benefits from a bye into the second round, and has a qualifier in the second round but some strong clay court pedigree in his section.
The Argentina Open takes place between 13-19 February.
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