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  • Top Seeds: Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato, Diego Schwartzman
  • Defending Champion: Diego Schwartzman
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dominic Thiem tops the field again after a solid run to the Buenos Aires semi-final, where Rio defending champion Diego Schwartzman is looking for another good run.


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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP 500
Surface Clay
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $2,828,000
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Top seeds [1] Dominic Thiem

[2] Fabio Fognini

[3] Marco Cecchinato

[4] Diego Schwartzman

[5] Joao Sousa

[6] Dusan Lajovic

[7] Malek Jaziri

[8] Nicolas Jarry

Top Half [1] Dominic Thiem

[5] Joao Sousa

[3] Marco Cecchinato

[8] Nicolas Jarry

Bottom Half [7] Malek Jaziri

[4] Diego Scwartzman

[6] Dusan Lajovic

[2] Fabio Fognini



Draw & Results

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[1] Dominic Thiem

In his first tournament since a far earlier than expected exit in the second round of the Australian open, it was a return to a surer surface for Thiem. A decent trot to the semi-final saw him lose out to defending champion Diego Schwartzman, and on paper at least this draw has been pretty fair to him.

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

  • R1: Laslo Djere
  • R2: Taro Daniel
  • QF: Joao Sousa [5]
  • SF: Marco Cecchinato [3]
  • F: Fabio Fognini [2]


[2] Fabio Fognini

Fabio Fognini in the third round of Roland Garros, 2018

Fabio Fognini in the third round of Roland Garros, 2018 | (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Another confirmed clay-courter, the year has not been spectacular for Fognini. Only three wins this year and his only back to back wins came at the Australian Open, but the Golden Clay-court swing in Latin America has not done him any favours at the moment with two opening losses at the start of the Latin American clay court swing.

It could be a coupe of rounds of first time meetings for the fiery Italian and should he face defending champion Schwartzman, it might be one win apiece but he has the upper hand on clay. Thiem has the better of him though in their head to head.

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

  • R1: Felix Auger-Aliassime [WC]
  • R2: Christian Garin
  • QF: Dusan Lajovic [6]
  • SF: Diego Schwarzman [4]
  • F: Dominic Thiem [1]


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[3] Marco Cecchinato

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The Italian who made waves at last year’s French Open by knocking out Novak Djokovic has added to his title hail by wining the title in Buenos Aires last week. Normally assumed to be a better clay court player, he did started the year well on the hard courts of Doha, reaching the semi-final, and is enjoying life in the ATP Top 20.

He has never managed a win over all but one of his potential opponents, although he is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. Perhaps the final four is the best he might hope for.

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

  • R1: Aljaz Bedene
  • R2: Pedro Sousa
  • QF: Nicolas Jarry [8]
  • SF: Dominic Thiem [1]
  • F: Fabio Fognini [2]


[4] Diego Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman in the third round of Roland Garros, 2018

Diego Schwartzman in the third round of Roland Garros, 2018 | (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

The defending champion has had a steady start to the season, including losing out to Cecchinato in the Buenos Aires final. While compatriot Juan Ignacio Londero might well be his second round opponent, fresh off a title win in Cordoba, Schwartzman has  healthy 9-2 head to head over him, and although he has never beaten Malek Jaziri, the Tunisian’s wins have been on hard courts, and arguably this is Schwartzman’s stronger surface.

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

  • R1: Pablo Cuevas
  • R2: Juan Ignacio Londero
  • QF: Malek Jaziri [7]
  • SF: Fabio Fognini [2]
  • F: Dominic Thiem [1]
The Rio Open takes place between 20-26 February – (GMT -3 hours).


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