Fabio Fognini won his third title of 2018 and moved within one spot of his career high ranking (13) after upsetting Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 6-2. Fognini dropped just one set this week and that came in his first match against Quentin Halys. After winning that match he eased past Yoshihito Nishioka, and Cam Norrie dropping just 18 games in his final three matches this week, facing no tiebreaks.
Del Potro reached his fourth ATP final of the season easing past Marcos Giron, Egor Gerasimov and Damir Dzumhur without dropping a set.
Mexico’s own Arevalo/Reyes-Varela defeated Fritz/Kokkinakis in the doubles final.
The ATP clay court season wrapped up with qualifier Martin Klizan winning in Kitzbuhel, his first ATP title since 2016. Klizan had it easy against Denis Istomin winning 6-2 6-2. Over the course of the week Klizan won two qualifying matches, plus he defeated Sebastian Ofner, Dominic Thiem, Dusan Lajovic, and Jaume Munar in the main draw, dropping sets against Thiem and Lajovic.
Istomin had his best run of the season, he came out of qualifying and then defeated Federico Delbonis, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Max Marterer, and Nicolas Jarry to reach the final in a surprise. He wasn’t favored in any match this week but won all but the final.
Jebavy/Molteni defeated Bracciali/Delbonis in the doubles final.
2018 ATP Los Cabos 250 headlined by Juan Martin Del Potro and Fabio Fognini Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
The 2018 ATP Los Cabos 250 in Mexico is a fun event with plenty at stake, here is your look at the draw with predictions.
Juan Martin Del Potro will be the favorite against Marcos Giron or Marcelo Arevalo. Sam Querrey should get past Lucas Gomez and Bernard Tomic/Egor Gerasimov before falling to an in-form JMDP in the quarters.
Damir Dzumhur is struggling, I have Thomas Fabbiano defeating Takanyi Garanganga and then Dzumhur in an upset to reach the quarters. I’ll back Ryan Harrison to defeat Peter Polansky and Ernesto Escobedo/Michael Mmoh to reach the quarters. Harrison is coming off the Atlanta final while Polansky just won a challenger final in Canada. Harrison over Fabbiano is my pick in the quarters.
Fabio Fognini has an interesting section. Fognini begins against Gilles Muller/Quentin Halys, Taylor Fritz should defeat a struggling Thanasi Kokkinakis, then Yoshihito Nishioka/Gastao Elias. Fognini over Fritz looks like a sensible pick for the section.
Cam Norrie takes on Prajnesh Gunneswaran, I have him winning that match and Feliciano Lopez/Mohamed Safwat to reach the quarters. Adrian Mannarino should beat Ivo Karlovic/Elias Ymer, both of whom are struggling. I’ll back Norrie, a semifinalist in Atlanta, to get past Mannarino in the quarters.
Kohlschreiber Caps Off Clay Season With Kitzbuhel Title, Querrey Doubles Up in Mexico Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
Philipp Kohlschreiber won ATP title #8, and Kitzbuhel title #2 6-3 6-4 over Joao Sousa in the final. The veteran German dropped sets against Facundo Bagnis and Dusan Lajovic, scraping past Lajovic in a third set tiebreak. He defeated Jiri Vesely and semifinalist Fabio Fognini in straights though to finish the season 12-6 on clay, and hoping for a bit more on summer hard courts coming up.
Sousa continues his reputation as a streaky player, he’s lost two 250 level finals this season, but had a remarkable week just to reach the final. He was on the ropes in every match, as he dropped the first set against Mikhail Youzhny, Paolo Lorenzi, and Gerald Melzer before narrowly defeating Sebastian Ofner in straight sets. Ofner is a rising player and should be on the ATP level soon given his ability.
Pablo Cuevas and Guillermo Duran saved a match point to defeat Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski in the doubles final.
ATP Los Cabos
It was another special week down in Mexico for Sam Querrey, as he took both of the ATP titles on offer in the country this season. Querrey served past Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3 3-6 6-2. The result puts Querrey on the edge of reaching his wins title from last season with months to go on in the season. Querrey beat Evan King, Vincent Millot, and Damir Dzumhur as well this week, coming from a set down against Dzumhur, and beating King in three sets. Kokkinakis looked great finally after a long time off of the tour with injury. The talented young Aussie beat Frances Tiafoe, Peter Polansky, Taylor Fritz, and Tomas Berdych, his wins over Polansky and Berdych coming from a set down, as he showed a ton of heart and fight on the week.
In the doubles Juan Sebastian Cabal and Treat Huey beat Sergio Galdos and Roberto Maytin,
2017 ATP Los Cabos Preview and Predictions Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
The ATP is back again in Mexico, for the 250 in Los Cabos. Here is your full preview with predictions.
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ATP World Tour 250
July 31-August 5, 2017
Los Cabos, Mexico
Prize Money: $637,395
Top 4 seeds (who all receive first round byes) (ATP ranking in parentheses)
1: Tomas Berdych (14)
2: Sam Querrey (24)
3: Albert Ramos-Vinolas (23)
4: Feliciano Lopez (28)
For a 250, Los Cabos has attracted a solid field.
Coming off the Wimbledon semifinals, Tomas Berdych should dispatch Akira Santillan or Konstantin Kravchuk, and then do the same against Adrian Mannarino in the quarters. Mannarino opens with Jason Jung, Tatsuma Ito or Bjorn Fratangelo will follow.
Albert Ramos is the #3 seed, but he’s not good on hard courts usually. I have Mikhail Kukushkin building on the momentum he built at the challenger level and defeating both Taylor Fritz and Ramos to reach the quarterfinals. Canadian Peter Polansky is 12-3 since Wimbledon, he should beat Yasutaka Uchiyama for the second week in a row, then upset Thanasi Kokkinakis, who hasn’t yet reached his best level since returning to the tour from injury. Kokkinakis will be favored over a struggling Frances Tiafoe. Kukushkin is my pick to reach the semifinals from this weak section.
Sam Querrey should build off his great showing at Wimbledon to defeat Evan King or local wild card Manuel Sanchez. Blaz Kavcic just won a challenger title and should have the inside track against Vincent Millot, Fernando Verdasco should be solid enough on hard courts to defeat Ernesto Escobedo, who is in poor form, and then Kavcic, before falling to Querrey.
Feliciano Lopez has struggled this season, but he should beat Dennis Novikov or recent Newport finalist Matt Ebden. I have Ivo Karlovic defeating Quentin Halys, and then Damir Dzumhur or Taro Daniel. Karlovic should serve his way into the semifinals over Lopez in what would be an entertaining quarterfinal.
Dark Horse: Mikhail Kukushkin
In a weak section, Kukushkin should make a run into the quarterfinals, where he will at least have a punchers chance against Berdych.
Semis Berdych d. Kukushkin
Querrey d. Karlovic
The top 2 seeds should face off in the final, I’ll back Querrey’s form to win another ATP title in Mexico, but it could go either way.
Ivo Karlovic earned his second ATP title of the summer and at 37 and improved his record to 14-2 since Wimbledon with a 7-6 6-2 victory over fellow over 30 veteran Feliciano Lopez, the tournament’s top seed. ATP Los Cabos was treated to a serving exhibition from Karlovic who dropped sets in both of his early matches, but finished the week strong, in part benefiting from a retirement victory over Dusan Lajovic in the semifinals. Karlovic won third set affairs against Mischa Zverev and Marcel Granollers this week in addition to his win over Lopez.
Lopez beat Reilly Opelka, Julien Benneteau, and Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the final, he dropped a set against PCB but worked his way back into the match. The Spaniard has reached two ATP finals this season.
Purav Raja and Divij Sharan of India won the doubles title over Jonathan Erlich and Ken Skupski in straight sets.
2016 ATP Los Cabos Preview and Predictions Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
The lone ATP event this week, running concurrent with the Olympic Games in Rio, is a brand new 250 in the resort town of Los Cabos, Mexico. Los Cabos replaces ATP Bogota and is the second ATP tournament held in Mexico.
Abierto Mexicano Los Cabos
ATP World Tour 250
Los Cabos, Mexico
August 8-13, 2016
Prize Money: $721,030
Top 4 seeds (who all receive first round byes) (ATP ranking in parentheses)
1: Feliciano Lopez (19)
2: Bernard Tomic (20)
3: Ivo Karlovic (26)
4: Sam Querrey (29)
The seeds here are comparable to Atlanta’s ATP 250 last week.
The tallest young gun on the ATP tour, Opelka, reached his first ever ATP semifinal in Atlanta, where he upset ATP regulars Kevin Anderson and Donald Young, in part helped by his height. Opelka isn’t as good of a server as a player like John Isner or Milos Raonic, but he’s a better returner in some ways, and has a real chance at breaking his opponents. Opelka is finally at the point he’s a threat on the ATP tour. Stako is in terrible form, as he’s lost three straight matches, and although Opelka may be dealing with fatigue, I almost see him as the favorite in this match.
(5)Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Horacio Zeballos
Zeballos has been in great form recently and has a real shot at upsetting Dolgopolov. After winning Bastad, he won matches in both Gstaad and Atlanta, where he reached the quarterfinals on hard courts in a surprise. Zeballos was also the doubles champion in Atlanta, and may be dealing with fatigue and jet lag as a result. Dolgopolov has lost three straight matches, and has been struggling to close out matches throughout his recent tournaments. Despite being a great shotmaker, he could have a tough time against Zeballos.
Feliciano Lopez is just 7-6 on a hard court this season, but he won the title in Gstaad in his last outing, and he should be able to serve and volley past either Opelka or Stakhovsky, before a quarterfinal match against one of Dolgopolov/Zeballos, Jared Donaldson/Julien Benneteau. Dolgopolov in theory could bust into the semis, but I have Donaldson beating a still struggling Benneteau, and then getting past Zeballos as well, before falling to Lopez in the quarters. The young American Donaldson has shown steady hard court form recently, winning rounds in his last three hard court tournaments.
Sam Querrey retired in the Rogers Cup, but he’s still 15-8 on hard courts this year at the ATP level. Querrey should buzzsaw through his section on this surface. Santiago Giraldo or qualifier Amir Weintraub are much poorer quality opponents, and the seed in his section is the unfit Jeremy Chardy, who opens with Pablo Carreno Busta, with Tigre Hank or Austin Krajicek to follow. With Chardy’s poor form, PCB is intriguing, while Krajicek qualified in Atlanta. Still on this surface I have it Querrey over Chardy in the quarters.
Bernard Tomic could really use some good mojo down south, as he opens with a winnable contest against either Thiago Monteiro or Dusan Lajovic. Tomic has been steady, but not remarkable this season and he’s 16-9 on a hard court this year. Neither Lajovic or the talented Monteiro are in great form, and thus I have it Tomic over Lajovic, and then defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the quarterfinals. GGL opens with Mexico’s Lucas Gomez, with his countryman Nicolas Almagro likely to follow, presuming the Spanish veteran defeats qualifier Noah Rubin. GGL hasn’t been in great form, but he’s been playing at the ATP level, while Almagro most recently played a challenger.
Ivo Karlovic is looking to continue his seemingly unstoppable serving and extend his good form as he opens against either qualifier Mischa Zverev, or more likely Adrian Mannarino, a steady but unremarkable hard courter. Karlovic should dominate the smaller Mannarino with his serve to setup a meeting with power hitter Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco opens with his countryman Marcel Granollers, with Tim Smyczek or Tobias Kamke to follow. I’m not sure Verdasco is 100% physically, but he did reach the quarters in Atlanta, and his first two rounds should allow him to make the semis. Karlovic should have a slight edge at that stage though.
Verdasco isn’t seeded, but he’s still one of the tournament favorites, while Donaldson enters as an under the radar qualifier. This young American has impressed with steady results at the ATP level recently, and this is his best surface. The top seed Lopez is vulnerable to an upset, and if Donaldson can play his best tennis he could find himself in his first ever ATP final this week.
Semis Querrey d. Lopez
Karlovic d. Tomic
Karlovic has 10 wins in his last 12 matches. With the Croatian veteran playing this well, he should get past everyone, including Tomic who he lost to 2 years ago in Bogota. Querrey is better recently than Lopez, presuming he’s healthy and rested.
Final Karlovic d. Querrey
Karlovic should win this tournament if it’s a fast hard court surface.