ATP this week: Feb. 3-9, 2014

The men are back to the regular ATP beat after a Davis Cup week.

Here’s what’s happening

ATP Tour

PZB Zagreb Indoors

Place: Zagreb, Croatia
Category: ATP World Tour 250
Dates: Feb 3-9, 2014
Draws: S-28, D-16
Surface: Indoor hard
Prize money: € 426,605

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Notable absences from this one, including injured Canadian Milos Raonic. Also, Grigor Dimitrov.

Marin Cilic is the defending champ, and the Croat has won his home-country event three times. Would be a great launching pad to jumpstart his season. Tommy Haas, who retired early in Australia,  is the top seed, also playing doubles with countryman Michael Berrer. Former top-10 player Marcos Baghdatis is actually in a position of having to qualify at a 250; he’s the top seed.

Even with the 28 draw, there are some intriguing first-round matchups here.

Draws:

Singles qualifying

Singles main draw

Doubles

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Open Sud de France

Montpellier

Place: Montpellier, France
Category: ATP World Tour 250
Dates: Feb 3-9, 2014
Draws: S-28, D-16
Surface: Indoor hard
Prize money: € 426,605

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Lots of Frenchmen here, who will be ecstatic after their first-round Davis Cup win over Australia.

Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka has begged off because of “fatigue”. While that word is overused in tournament withdrawals, you certainly can’t question it in this instance. The reliable Gilles Simon was called to duty as a “replacement” when Benoit Paire, a finalist a year ago, pulled out. He’s also playing doubles.

This one also has some terrific first-rounders. Qualies and dubs are thin (with three ATP Tour events this week, that’s going to happen). Canadian Adil Shamasdin has to get there from Tokyo.

Draws:

Singles qualifying

Singles main draw

Doubles

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 Royal Guard Open Chile

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Place: Viña del Mar, Chile
Category: ATP World Tour 250
Dates: Feb 3-9, 2014
Draws: S-28, D-16
Surface: Outdoor clay
Prize money: € 426,605

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The South American clay-court season begins. And the question is whether or not Rafael Nadal will make his second straight appearance. He’s scheduled for Buenos Aires, but his back issue obviously puts that into doubt.

Nadal made his comeback at this event last year, an unusual appearance in a 250 but one in which he made Horacio Zeballos’s year – maybe his career – by bowing out to him in the final.  They don’t have anyone of that stature here this time; Fabio Fognini, already in Argentina for Davis Cup, headlines.

Nicolas Almagro is scheduled to make his 2014 debut, after missing the Australian Open. He’s got an awfully good draw, with three qualifiers and a special ranking (Cuevas) in his quarter.

This one doesn’t even have a full qualifying field.

Draws:

Singles qualifying

Singles main draw

Doubles

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