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  • Top Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Borna Coric, David Goffin, Benoit Pair
  • 2018 champion: Daniil Medvedev
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TOKYO, JAPAN – Man of the moment Daniil Medvedev will not defending his title but there is plenty of talent on show including top seed Novak Djokovic making is Tokyo debut.


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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP 500
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $2,046,340
Top seeds Novak Djokovic [1]

Borna Coric [2]

David Goffin [3]

Benoit Paire [4]

Lucas Pouille [5]

Marin Cilic [6]

Taylor Fritz [7]

Alex De Minaur [8]

Top Half Novak Djokovic [1]

Lucas Pouille [5]

David Goffin [3]

Marin Cilic [6]

Bottom Half Taylor Fritz [7]

Benoit Paire [4]

Alex De Minaur [8]

Borna Coric [2]


Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play


[1] Novak Djokovic

Not surprisingly coming in as top seed, Djokovic makes his debut at this event, and of course is expected to coast through, as his head-to-heads over his possible opponents would suggest, but in his first tournament since his earlier-than-expected loss at the US Open, and more worryingly his injury niggles, it will be interesting to see how he knocks the rust off ahead of the more prestigious Shanghai Masters.

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

  • R1: Qualifier
  • R2: Jan-Lennard Struff
  • QF: Lucas Pouille [5]
  • SF: David Goffin [3]
  • F: Borna Coric [2]


[2] Borna Coric

Borna Coric US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

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Borna Coric US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Having had a better start to the season than the middle of the year, it looks as though Coric has found a bit of form after reaching the St Petersburg final, albeit losing to last year’s champion Daniil Medvedev, and his draw has a few banana skins, notably Alex De Minaur, fresh off his Zhuhai win.

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

  • R1: Taro Daniel
  • R2: Jordan Thompson
  • QF: Alex De Minaur [8]
  • SF: Benoit Paire [4]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1]


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[3] David Goffin

David Goffin in the Davis Cup final between France and Belgium, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock | David Goffin in the Davis Cup final between France and Belgium, 2017

The 2017 champion was perhaps a little rusty when he returned to the tour after the US Open, but will be hoping for a decent run.

It is not the easiest of draws for Goffin, including starting against Pablo Carreno Busta who extended his head to head against the Belgian in Goffin’s last outing in Metz.

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

  • R1: Pablo Carreno Busta
  • R2: Denis Shapovalov
  • QF: Marin Cilic [6]
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [1]
  • F: Borna Coric [2]


[4] Benoit Paire

The Frenchman managed his best result last year, progressing from a first round exit the year before that, so maybe the No. 4 seed can go a little further?

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

  • R1: Qualifier
  • R2: Radu Albot
  • QF: Taylor Fritz [7]
  • SF: Borna Coric [2]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1]

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