By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Marin Cilic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Martin Klizan
- 2016 Champion: Stan Wawrinka
- British Interest: Aljaz Bedene
- CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
CHENNAI, INDIA – With Stan Wawrinka choosing not to defend this year, can top seed and two-time champion Marin Cilic reclaim the silverware?
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|ATP Chennai||$447,480||5 Jan|
|M Youzhny (RUS)||61 75||R Olivo (ARG)|
|R Bautista Agut (ESP) ||63 62||R Dutra Silva (BRA)|
|B Paire (FRA) ||63 64||Y Bhambri (IND) [Q]|
|A Bedene (GBR)||76(3) 67(3) 76(2)||M Klizan (SVK) |
|J Kovalik (SVK) [Q]||76(5) 57 75||M Cilic (CRO) |
|D Medvedev (RUS)||64 63||Y Lu (TPE) |
|A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) ||62 60||S Darcis (BEL)|
|D Sela (ISR)||62 62||H Chung (KOR) [Q]|
|R Olivio (ARG)||76(3) 62||C Ruud (NOR) [WC]|
|A Bedene (GBR)||63 63||G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)|
|Y Lu (TPE) ||62 61||R Albot (MDA)|
|B Paire (FRA) ||63 64||K Kravchuk (RUS)|
|Y Bhambri (IND) [Q]||61 61||R Ramanathan (IND) [WC]|
|R Dutra Da Silva (BRA)||76(2) 46 62||D Lajovic (SRB)|
|M Youzhny (RUS) ||64 63||S Myneni (IND) [WC]|
|S Darcis (BEL)||62 63||N Mektic (CRO) [Q]|
|D Sela (ISR)||62 62||D Dzumhur (BIH)|
|D Medvedev (RUS)||63 63||T Montiero (BRA)|
|J Kovalik (SVK) [Q]||67(5) 64 62||G Elias (POR)|
 Marin Cilic
With his former coach Goran Ivanisevic trying to work his magic now with Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and new coach Jonas Bjorkman get to see the fruits of their labours as the 2009-2010 champion returns to India. Setting aside his first foray as a qualifier back in 2007, he has always made the quarter-finals or better from 2008, so it has obviously been a tournament that suits him.
He ought to be expected to go deep, maybe even win but the real test will be to see how consistent he can be once he gets some real preparation time before Australia.
 Roberto Bautista Agut
Another fairly steady performer in this tournament, Roberto Bautista Agut has seen his progress slip over the last three years. He reached the final on his debit, semi-final and most recently bowed out at the quarter-final stage last year.
Not your typical Spanish player, Bautista Agut is fairly solid all round and fairly consistent throughout the year but yet to have some meaningful breakthrough when it comes to the bigger tournaments, but we ought to expect him to at least reach the quarter-final stage.
 Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Another Spaniard in the mix, Albert Ramos-Vinolas makes a return to Chennai which has not been the best hunting ground for him. He was bounced out in the first round back in the 2014 edition, and hadn’t come back since.
He picked up his first title last year on the clay of Bastad and reached the Chengdu final but also had to deal with a foot injury in the hard court summer, forcing him to withdraw from the Toronto Masters. He benefits from a bye in the opening round, and if he makes it through his first two rounds, he has to fancy his chances against Borna Coric, returning from the knee injury and subsequent operation. The Croatian has only played the Davis Cup semi-final since undergoing surgery in September.
 Martin Klizan
It was not a bad year for Martin Klizan last year, winning two ATP 500 titles (Rotterdam and Hamburg) as he makes his debut in Chennai as the fourth seed. However his year was marred with a recurring issue of right foot inflammation that caused him to miss 10 weeks of the tour after Indian Wells.
His progress after lifting the Hamburg title in summer was a touch woeful, and he is currently on a 6 match losing streak of ATP World Tour level matches, dating back to the opening round of the US Open, so needs to make the most of his chances here.
Another stalwart of the Chennai tournament, Aljaz Bedene returns for the fifth straight year and has always reached the quarter-final or better, including reaching the final in 2015. It was a tough year for the Brit, losing his appeal to be considered to play for Great Britain having become a British citizen.
It knocked him for six, and his ranking and results spiralled downwards resulting in him being usurped as the British No. 2 – he now trails Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans in that regard. A good start at a tournament he feels comfortable in would be a great way to put the disappointments of 2016 behind him.
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open takes place between 2-7 January.
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