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  • Top Seeds: Pablo Carreno Busta, David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, Gilles Muller
  • Defending champion: Lucas Pouille
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METZ, FRANCE – Defending champion Lucas Pouille returns to defend his title but faces some stiff competition from the field.

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[1] Pablo Carreno Busta

Courting a career high of World No. 10 after his stellar run at the US Open. Carreno Busta arrives after a break and is hunting for a fourth career title, and his second of the year. He does have the chops for hard court glory, having won his first two hard-court titles in 2016 (Winston-Salem and Moscow).

It has been a couple of years since he has played here, when ranked No. 60 he was beaten by the World No. 291 at the time, Mischa Zverev. Last year he skipped the European lead in to the Asia swing altogether, so this will help consolidate his place in the Top 10 with some good points.

 

[2] David Goffin

Coming off Davis Cup duty, Goffin has done well to come back after the injury at Roland Garros, which caused him to miss the entire grass court season. Since he came back to the tour in that peculiar post-grass clay court swing his lead up to the US Open was not exactly staller, but he made it to the fourth round of the US Open.

Metz has been a tournament that has served the Belgian well – he won his only tour-level title here on his debut in 2014, and reached the semi-final last year, so should be expected to challenge deep into the week.

 

[3] Lucas Pouille

After cracking the Top 20 earlier this year, Pouille has slipped back a little, and also on Davis Cup duty this weekend, he will face a bit of a task to recapture his title. Last year was a bit of a breakthrough on the title front for the Frenchman, with Metz being his first hard court title, and on his debut to boot.

 

[4] Gilles Muller

While we are talking of breakthrough years, Muller has come close to cracking the Top 20 for the first time in his career, winning his first title this year, and backing it up with his first grass title, which helped him get a well-earned bump for Wimbledon.

Metz has not been a bad tournament for him. He reached the semi-final in 2011 and the last two years he has been in the quarter-finals. His US Hard-court season was not spectacular by his standards this year with only the Atlanta semi-final as a highlight.

The Moselle Open takes place between 18-24 September.

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