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- Top Seeds: Marin Cilic,
- (Chennai) Defending Champion: Roberto Ba
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PUNE, INDIA – Formerly the ATP event in Chennai, sees a lot of regular faces returning to start their season, including top seed Marin Cilic and defending Chennai champion Roberto Bautista Agut.
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 Marin Cilic
Having reached the Wimbledon final only to be left in tears as nasty blisters left him unable to compete to his highest level, Cilic seemed to have settled into a decent rhythm at the end of las year. However, his run at the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals was perhaps a disappointment.
However his draw looks certain to carry him through to the quarter-finals with ease, if not deeper.
 Kevin Anderson
Fresh from starting his season with a victory at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, after an injury-ridden start to last season, things are looking up for the rangy South African. He ought to skate through his early rounds in Pune, and looks set to face Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarter-finals. It has been a while since they last met, splitting the honours but with the last win going Anderson’s way.
With his confidence high, we should expect a decent run here, if not a title to start the year.
Along with Anderson, Bautista Agut got his court feet under him as well in Mubadala, including a bonus exhibition set against a returning Andy Murray, which he won comfortably. As a regular in Chennai, it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard can bring that same consistency to the new location. He looks to have a challenge early on in Gilles Simon, only ever having won once against the Frenchman.
 Benoit Paire
A firm fan favourite (or frustration, depending on your point of view) just due to the sheer unpredictability of his play and attitude, Paire was another regular to Chennai in the past. He has made it to the quarter-finals nonce, and semi-finals three times, and ought to expect a decent start.
He may come a cropper though in the quarter-finals against Robin Haase.
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open takes place between 1-6 January.
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