By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Tomas Berdych
- Defending Champion: Martin Klizan
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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Martin Klizan returns to defend his title in a packed field, despite the high profile withdrawals of Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|Qualifying – SINGLES / DOUBLES|
|ATP Rotterdam €1,724,930||R2||16 Feb|
|M Cilic  (CRO)||61 26 64||B Coric (COR)|
|D Thiem  (AUT)||64 76(4)||G Simon (FRA)|
|D Goffin  (BEL)||57 64 64||R Haase [WC] (NED)|
|T Berdych  (CZE)||76(4) 61||R Gasquet (FRA)|
|G Dimitrov  (BUL)||76(7) 61||D Istomin [LL] (UZB)|
So far the World No. 7 has had a bit of a dismal year, if you take his world ranking into consideration. Since the start of the year he has had just one win, coming back from two sets down against a returning Jerzy Janowicz at the Australian Open.
However it left him spent allowing Britain’s Dan Evans to claim a huge scalp in the second round. His Montpellier misfortunes continued with a second straight opening round exit. However Rotterdam could be a very different prospect for the lanky Croat, who lifted the title in 2014, and reached the quarter-final last year.
Quite apart from the volume of tournaments Thiem has against his name, compared to his peers in the top 10, the post Australian Open indoor swing has not been too taxing for Thiem. Top seed in Sofia, he was bounced out in his opener, and he has a tough start here against Alexander Zverev.
We could well be seeing the beginnings of an enduring rivalry from this pair, and Thiem has the head to head edge – for now.
The Belgian seems to be ramping up some solid momentum since the start of the year. He made the Australian Open quarter-final and ousted Sofia’s defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut on his way to the final, and indeed he could be on another collision course with the Spaniard should they meet in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.
That being said, Goffin has failed to make it past the first round in his past three attempts. Can his current form turn the tide?
As the tour winds up towards the hard court spring, we should really start to see the fruits of Berdych’s new partnership with Goran Ivanisevic. Yet so far there have been some puzzled frowns. His shaky serve, and lack of variety showed against Andy Murray in Doha and woefully so against Roger Federer in the Australian Open.
Champion in 2014 he was edged by Stan Wawrinka the year after, and he has a solid record here and ought to be a contender for the silverware at the end of the week.
The ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament takes place between 13-19 February.
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