In the shadows of the Shanghai Masters the ATP tour to roll on with two 250 events, in Stockholm and Moscow. Like most (all) 250 events most of the names won’t be playing, after the big guns think that they play too much tennis. However there are still some big names in action hoping to claim valuable season points in a bid to qualify for the season ending World Tour Finals.
World number 13 Janko Tipsarevic leads the Moscow field. The Serb is an outside chance of qualifying but is coming off two first round losses since winning his first career title in Kuala Lumpur. Fellow Serb Viktor Troicki is the second seed in the Russian capital with Shanghai quarter finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov and former world number three Nikolay Davydenko rounds out the top four seeds and in one of seven Russians in the draw.
Gael Monfils is the top seed for the Stockholm Open with the world number 10 back in action after missing Shanghai with a knee injury and is another looking to qualify for the World Tour Finals. The Frenchman has a first round bye and is likely to face Australian Bernard Tomic is the 2nd round if the youngest man in the world’s top 50 defeats a qualifier. Juan Martin Del Potro is the second seed in the Swedish capital and the world number 14 will be looking to ramp up his form with one eye on the Davis Cup final against Spain. Stanislas Wawrinka is the third seed coming off the back of a tight third round loss to eventual Shanghai champion Andy Murray. Other big names in action include big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic who has a tough first round clash with Marocs Baghdatis, and number four seed Juan Ignacio Chela. It’s also great to see Tommy Haas back in action, the German former world number two has struggled with injuries for the last couple of years and hasn’t played since the US Open. One player missing from the tournament is the Swedish number one Robin Soderling who is still out with glandular fever.
Full draws for Moscow and Stockholm