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BEIJING, CHINA – As the Asian swing continues to ramp up, Dominic Thiem returns to the tour after what was disappointing US Open, as the top seed.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP 500
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $3,515,225
Top seeds Dominic Thiem [1]

Alexander Zverev [2]

Stefanos Tsitsipas [3]

Karen Khachanov [4]

Roberto Bautista Agut [5]

Fabio Fognini [6]

Gael Monfils [7]

Matteo Berrettini [8]

Top Half Dominic Thiem [1]

Matteo Berrettini [8]

Karen Khachanov [4]

Fabio Fognini [6]

Bottom Half Gael Monfils [7]

Stefanos Tsitsipas [3]

Roberto Bautista Agut [5]

Alexander Zverev [2]

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Dominic Thiem

Beijing marks Thiem’s return to the tour proper for Thiem who bombed out of the US Open in the first round, had some Davis Cup heroics for Austria, and took a spin in the Laver Cup with one win and one loss.

Defending only second round points from last year Thiem will be looking to pick up some form in the Asian swing as he is still very much in the running to pick up a spot in the Nitto ATP Finals for the fourth straight year.

Richard Gasquet is a difficult start on paper, who was at least as woeful at the US Open as Thiem was, but had an outing in Metz so may feel is a little more tour-sharp coming in.

Thiem’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Richard Gasquet
  • R2: Kyle Edmund
  • QF: Matteo Berrettini [8]
  • SF: Karen Khachanov [4]
  • F: Alexander Zverev [2]

 

[2] Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France

Alexander Zverev in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France | (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Having seen all but Denis Shapovalov from the Laver Cup entrants bomb out in the first tour event back may make Zverev’s decision to skip the first week back in either Shenzhen or Zhihai a wise one.

Much like Thiem, it has been a couple of years since he reached the semi-final here, and only has round of 16 points to defend.

Things look to get tricky for Zverev once he gets to No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who has won theor last two encounters on the trot.

Zverev’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Frances Tiafoe [WC]
  • R2: Felix Auger-Aliassime
  • QF: Roberto Bautista Agut [5]
  • SF: Stefanos Tsitsipas [3]
  • F: Dominic Thiem [1]

 

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[3] Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France

Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

After pretty much single-handedly heading up all of Greece’s Davis Cup wins, and a Laver Cup win, it was tired looking Tsitsipas in action in Zhuhai, and he makes his debut in Beijing.

In fact his draw on paper does not look too bad, with just Thiem ahead in their head to head, but it depends largely on where Tsitsipas’ mind is.

Tsitsipas’ Path to the Final (RankingSeeding)

  • R1: Dusan Lajovic
  • R2: Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • QF: Gael Monfils [7]
  • SF: Alexander Zverev [2]
  • F: Dominic Thiem

 

[4] Karen Khachanov

Karen Khachanov in the fourth round of Roland Garros 2019, France

Karen Khachanov in the fourth round of Roland Garros 2019, France | (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

New daddy on the block Khachanov has yet to win back to back matches in Beijing, as he starts against a qualifier.

His draw on paper could see him pick up a few rounds and thus snap a three match losing streak going back to the third round of Cincinnati.

Khachanov’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Qualifier
  • R2: Marco Cecchinato
  • QF: Fabio Fognini [6]
  • SF: Dominic Thiem [1]
  • F: Alexander Zverev [2]

 

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