|Posted on May 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM|
FIVE OF TOP 20 (THREE IN TOP 10) LEAD SECOND YEAR TOURNAMENT
by Greg Sharko | 15.05.2011
The second edition of the Open De Nice Cote D’Azur at the prestigious Nice Lawn Tennis Club features an outstanding 28-player field with five of the Top 20 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings, led by World No. 6 David Ferrer of Spain, No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain. The trio, along with No. 4 seed Andy Roddick, are making their tournament debut. Rounding out the seeds are No. 5 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, No. 6 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, No. 7 Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine and No. 8 Fabio Fognini of Italy.
Baghdatis and Stakhovsky were quarter-finalists last year and in the final, Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged out Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a third set tie-break. Prior to one year ago, the last time an ATP World Tour tournament was held in Nice was in 1995. That year Marc Rosset defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the final. On Sunday, there are four final round qualifying matches along with two main draw singles matches.
In the first match on Centre Court, top Indian Somdev Devvarman looks for his second win in as many meetings against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. In March, Devvarman won in straight sets at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells. In the second match, Italian Filippo Volandri and Dolgopolov square off for the first time on the ATP World Tour. The Ukrainian won both previous Challenger meetings in straight sets (in 2006 & ’09).
A LOOK AT THE DRAW
Seeded Players (Tournament record, best finish – year)
 David Ferrer (ESP) Debut
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) Debut
 Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Debut
 Andy Roddick (USA) Debut
 Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 1-1 R16-'10
 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 2-1 QF-'10
 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 2-1 QF-'10
 Fabio Fognini (ITA) 0-1 R32-'10
Wildcards: Julien Benneteau, Ernests Gulbis, Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Youngest: Grigor Dimitrov (20 years)
Oldest: Olivier Rochus (30 years, 3 months)
Top Country Breakdown: Italy 4, France 3, Spain 3, Ukraine 2