Estoril Open is very similar to the BMW Open held in Munich on the same dates. The stakes are the same. However, the weather conditions make the event more attractive for the South American and Spanish players. The event is only two years old but has already featured many top 20 players.
Weather and Courts
The weather in Cascais is very pleasant: up to 22°C. The wind is very mediocre (15-20kmph) and slight humidity. Owing to comfortable weather conditions, the players won’t have to test their stamina a lot. The outcome will mainly depend on the shots power. Last year’s champion Nicolas Almagro prevailed due to his aggressive and very offensive attacks.
Estoril Open debuted on ATP tour only two years ago. Two of the champions are Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro. The both take part in this year’s event. However, theFrenchmale is not completely fit and the Spaniard lacks consistency. So we expect to see a different winner this time.
Firstly, we’d like to mark Juan Martin Del Potro’s comeback. The Argentine has taken rest and will try to wind up his monstrous forehand to secure the title. While Juan shall be the marginal favorite in the event, the ATP 250 status should give him a chance to play not the top tennis. The main objective for the Argentine is to gain form.
Richard Gasquet, the first champion of the Millennium Estoril Open, has recently undergone appendicitis surgery and will lag physically behind many dustballers in draw: Berloq, Kyle Edmund, Nicolas Almagro, David Ferrer, Pablo Carreno-Busta, Joao Sousa. The Portuguese will entertain the local fans. However, Joao tends to lose when his persona receives much attention.
Generally, the tournament has no heavy favorites. We expect to see many tight games and almost anyone in draw can secure a title: David Ferrer who can show his best, big hitters Kevin Anderson, Gilles Muller, Juan Martin Del Potro are also capable of becoming champions if holding their serve strongly.
Best first round battle
The defending champion Nicolas Almagro bumps into Benoit Paire whose clay court start is off to a strong start. The Frenchmale should try to use his biggest weapon, backhand, to outclass the last year’s winner. Definitely not the match to miss.
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