Felix leads Florence Field, Rublev and Murray in Gijon: Scout Report | ATP . round

Florence and Gijon will host a tough indoor match this week as two strongfields compete in the ATP 250 double championship from October 10-16.

Felix Auger Eliassim It is the first seed in UniCredit Firenze Unlocked With the ATP Tour back in Florence for the first time since 1994. Matteo Berrettini And the Lorenzo Mussetti They are among those hoping for a home win in the Italian city.

Andrey Rublev Titles tie in Open Gijonwhere Britain’s Andy Murray And the Dominic Tim You will also compete. Pablo Carreno Posta And the Roberto Bautista Agut Driving home hopes in northwest Spain.

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Five things to see in Florence

1) Felix shoots in Florence?: Auger-Aliassime will be looking forward to a strong response to his first-round exit in Astana last week as the top seed in Florence. The Canadian did well on the indoor hard court in 2022, lifting his first ATP Tour title in Rotterdam in February before reaching the final in Marseille a week later. Win straight sets against Novak Djokovic In the laver cup In London a couple of weeks ago he could give the 22-year-old confidence when he starts facing off Marton Vosovich or Oscar Otti In Italy.

A good week in Florence could be key to Auger-Aliassime’s hopes of qualifying for the tournament Nitto ATP Finals for the first time. The Canadian is currently eighth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.

2) Brittini seeks to strengthen Turin: Berrettini leads the Italian task as the ATP Tour returns to Florence for the first time since 1994. Like Auger-Aliassime, second seed Berrettini could give his goal. Nitto ATP Finals Qualifying hopes a welcome boost with a deep journey into his home country. The Italian holds a record 29-10 this season, a tally that includes grasscourt titles in Stuttgart and at Queen’s Club, and is currently 15th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.

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3) American Classifiers: Three Americans with strong seasons on tour hope to bring their best game to the indoor hard courts in Florence. Fourth seed Maxime Crissy And the eighth book Brandon Nakashima Both won their first ATP Tour titles of the season, in Newport and San Diego, respectively, while the sixth seed was Jenson Brosby He was a finalist in Dallas and Atlanta.

4) Young Italians look forward to admiration: Musetti leads a team of four #NextGenATP Italians looking to make their mark in front of their home fans. Hamburg champion, who has already qualified for the month of November Intesa Sanpaolo Next Generation ATP Finals, is the third seed in Florence. countryman in shape Lorenzo Sonegothe champ at the Metz two weeks ago, is a potential second-round opponent.

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Francesco PassaroAnd the Julio Ziberi And the Francesco Mastrelli They are the other young Italians in the Florence lottery. The world’s 123rd ranked Passaro is the top-ranked of the trio – the 21-year-old has reached five finals (winning once) on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2022 and is currently ninth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Milan.

5) Koolhof / Skupski leads the field of strong doubles: Wesley Kohlhoff And the Neil Skopsky They are chasing for their seventh title in 2022 in Florence, as their rival includes the Astana champions Nikola Mechtic And the Matty Pavik. Evan Dodig/Austin KrajeskeAnd the Wimbledon Champions Matthew Ebden/Max Purcellwhich are 12th and 13th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams rankings, respectively, are also ranked in Italy.

Five things to see in GIJON

1) Rublev Leads Field: At Round 11 level Rublev is the top seed as she visits the ATP Gijon Tour for the first time. The 24-year-old arrived in northwest Spain in good shape, having bolstered his run to the quarter-finals in US Open In September with the semi-final appearance in Astana this week.

Currently sixth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, Rublev will be seeking a strong showing at Gijon as he aims to qualify for November Nitto ATP Finals For the third year in a row.

2) PCB Lead Spanish Charge: Four out of the eight seeded in the Gijon draw are the favorites at home. Second seed Carino Busta will be looking to reclaim the level that earned him his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal in August, while third seed Bautista Agut is chasing his ninth hardcourt title – but his first indoors.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina And the Albert Ramos Vinolas ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, while the former world number 12 Feliciano Lopez Enter the draw as a wild card.

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3) Murray Chases first title of the year: Despite reaching the finals in Sydney and Stuttgart this season, former world number one Murray is still chasing his first ATP title since his 2019 win in Antwerp. The British wild card has a rough start in Gijon, where he meets Davidovich Fokina in the first round. This will be the pair’s first ATP Head2Head meeting.

4) Tim to shine in Spain?: Tim will be looking to build on recent signs that he is finding his best form after returning to the Tour in April after a wrist injury. A former indoor hard-court champion in Saint Petersburg and Vienna, Tim has won his last six first-round matches on the ATP Tour events. He will seek to extend that round in Gijon against the 62nd-ranked Portuguese Joao Sousa.

5) Doubles teams Chase Touraine: top seed Marcel Granollers And the Horacio Zeballos They could cement their place at number 5 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams rankings with a solid week in Gijon. The Spanish-Argentine pair is chasing his third consecutive appearance in Nitto ATP Finals In Turin in November.

They are also looking to boost their hopes of qualifying for the end of the season with a successful trip to Spain as the second seed Simon Bolelli And the Fabio Fognini (currently ninth in the race), Tokyo finalist Rafael Matos And the David Vega Hernandez (Currently 14th in the race.)

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