By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas
- Defending Champion: Dominic Thiem
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hot on the heels of his win in Buenos Aires, Dominic Thiem looks to make it back to back titles in every sense of the phrase in Rio de Janeiro.
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Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|ATP Rio de Janeiro $1,842,476||R2||21-Feb|
|D Schwartzman  (ARG)||62 63||F Delbonis (ARG)|
|N Jarry (CHI)||75 63||A Ramos Vinolas  (ESP)|
|ATP Rio de Janeiro $1,842,476||R1||20-Feb|
|P Andujar [PR] (ESP)||75 62||G Melzer (AUT)|
|N Kicker (ARG)||63 63||V Estrella Burgos (DOM)|
|D Schwartzman  (ARG)||41 RET||C Ruud [WC] (NOR)|
|P Cuevas  (URU)||67(5) 76(10) 63||T Monterio [WC] (BRA)|
|F Delbonis (ARG)||62 32 RET||J Vesely (CZE)|
|A Bedene (SLO)||75 60||A Haider-Maurer [PR] (AUT)|
|P Carreno Busta  (ESP)||64 61||M Cecchinato [Q] (ITA)|
|G Monfils (FRA)||75 36 75||H Zeballos (ARG)|
|D Thiem  (AUT)||62 75||D Lajovic (SRB)|
|ATP Rio de Janeiro $1,842,476||R1||19-Feb|
|N Jarry (CHI)||63 76(3)||G Garcia Lopez (ESP)|
|A Ramos Vinolas  (ESP)||63 36 64||R Dutra Silva (BRA)|
|T Sandgren (USA)||46 61 43 RET||R Carballes Baena [Q] (ESP)|
|F Verdasco  (ESP)||62 36 63||L Mayer (ARG)|
|M Cilic  (CRO)||63 62||C Berlocq [Q] (ARG)|
|G Elias [LL] (POR)||64 57 75||G Pella (ARG)|
|F Fognini  (ITA)||67(5) 75 62||T Bellucci [WC] (BRA)|
Back in action for the first time since taking Roger Federer to five sets in the Australian Open final, Cilic is looking to get his clay legs under him early. It could be a tricky bracket for the Croatan though – he could face Gael Monfils in the second round, and the in-form Diego Schwartzman as a potential quarter-finalist.
Back on the clay, Thiem is looking in pretty solid form. First with two Davis Cup wins on the dirt and then a run to the Buenos Aires final, he is looking to do the double, twice in a row. His path to the final is a bit trickier through – he has a pretty even head to head with Gerald Melzer, who he could face in the second round, and has never beaten his potential quarter-final foe, Fernando Verdasco.
It depends how much the tour’s perennial workhorse has left in the tank.
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Despite a flurry of wins at the Australian Open, it has been a bit of a disaster of a year for Carreno Busta. He has not won a tour match on the clay and while on paper a match-up against a qualifier might be easily winnable but for the fact he bowed out against a qualifier in Quito.
He might be up against Aljaz Bedene in the second round who made the Buenos Aires final, and Fabio Fognini is slated to be his quarter-final opponent, but at this stage the Spaniard might just be happy to pick up his first back to back wins since Melbourne.
Another good clay player in the draw, Ramos-Vinolas backed up his first live Davis Cup rubber win with a run to the Quito final. Buenos Aires was a bit of a blip though as he lost to Bedene, but he ought to at least see himself through to the quarter-finals. However his record against probably quarter-finalist Pablo Cuevas makes pretty grim reading for the Spaniard.
The Rio Open takes place between 20-26 February – (GMT -3 hours).
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