By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Pablo Cuevas, Joao Sousa, Jeremy Chardy, Fabio Fognini
  • Defending Champion: Dominic Thiem
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UMAG, CROATIA- The Konzum Croatia Open in Umag continues the post Wimbledon clay court series and is headlined by top seed Pablo Cuevas.

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Draw & Results

ATP Umag
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Pablo Cuevas

The Uruguayan has cemented himself as a top 30 player over the past two seasons, and that is largely down to his success on the clay. That is outlined with all five of his career titles being on the dirt, including this very tournament two years a go.

Cuevas has picked up right where he left off on the clay with a semi final appearance in Hamburg. The 30-year-old is a gritty clay courter, but he is also finding success on other surfaces as proven with his final run in Nottingham. He is in good form and is rightfully the favourite to take home the title in Umag.

[2] Joao Sousa

Portugal’s greatest ever player will look to put the disappointing result in Bastad behind him and go all the way in Umag.

Sousa has stated that his favourite surface is clay but he has surprisingly never won a title on the surface despite three finals. The Portuguese was runner up in Umag last year, but lost out to Dominic Thiem in the final. Can he go one further a year later ? He has the game to certainly do damage with the forehand being his most potent weapon.

[3] Jeremy Chardy

Chardy might not be the most consistent player in the draw, but with his power and attacking game style, he is one of the most dangerous players in the field.

Despite having an aggressive game, the Frenchman has found clay to be a good surface in the past. In fact, his only ATP tour title came on the clay of Stuttgart seven years a go. It has been a baron run for Chardy ever since, he has not even made a final. Can that run of bad luck change in Umag?

[4] Fabio Fognini

Undoubtedly one of the more entertaining players on tour, there’s always a question of what Fognini will do next in terms of antics rather than his tennis. But when dialled in and focused, the Italian is a very good clay courter.

Fognini has three titles on clay and five finals, including a runners up effort in Umag three years a go. The British public got a taster of what Fognini can do on the surface when he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets in the Davis Cup two years a go. If Fognini can replicate that form, it will be difficult to stop him from going all the way.

The Konzum Croatia Open takes place on July 18-26.

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