By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Joao Sousa, Borna Coric, Federico Delbonis
- 2016 Champion: Federico Delbonis
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – Argentina’s Federico Delbonis defeated Borna Coric in the Grand Prix Hassan II final in straight sets 6-2 6-4.
Draw & Results
Top Quarter: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez/Jiri Vesely
Top seeded Garcia Lopez previously won this event in 2014 and will be looking to replicate that Casablanca success in Marrakech. A BYE in round one is handy, but Nicolas Almagro in round two is a difficult draw.
Vesely on the other hand will be quite pleased with his mini section and will fancy himself for the quarter finals at the very least. It is a section that includes many names from the Challengers such as Inigo Cervantes, Nikola Mektic and Reda El Amrani.
Second Quarter: Borna Coric/Albert Ramos
Teenager Coric has been touted for a while to be one of the brightest prospects on the tour, but his 2016 has not shown any signs of progress. Can the Croatian change his fortunes this week? It is Simone Bolelli or Taro Daniel in round two- both are talented and cold cause problems.
Ramos is always a threat on the dirt, being a clay court specialist. The Spaniard has Frenchman Paul Henri Mathieu to deal with in the opening round, then Daniel Munoz De La Nava or Maximo Gonzalez in round two. Ramos should really advance here, but there are some good players in his section.
Third Quarter: Federico Delbonis/Pablo Carreno Busta
Delbonis might be a name familiar to British tennis fans as he is the man that knocked Andy Murray out of Indian Wells. The Argentine is well adapt on clay and should make the quarter finals without a problem. Thiemo De Bakker or Amine Ahouda will meet Delbonis in round two.
Carreno Busta is another Spanish clay court specialist in the draw and another player that could possibly go far. The seventh seed as Russian Evgeny Donskoy in round one then possibly Denis Istomin in the second round. It’s a tricky draw for Carreno Busta, but one he is favourite to advance through on these courts.
Fourth Quarter: Joao Sousa/Teymuraz Gabashvili
Feisty Portuguese Sousa, is undoubtedly the best player to come out of his home nation. The second seed will be looking to add another title to his collection this week in a tournament that starts against Facundo Bagnis or Lamine Ouahab in the second round.
Gabashvili is a player that can cause problems, but he is another player that has been dealt with a Spaniard in Daniel Gimeno Traver. Albert Montanes is the last direct acceptance into the draw, but he will be happy to draw a qualifier in Franko Skugor.
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