• Monfils, Ferrer headline South African Open

    1/31/10 10:10 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Monfils, Ferrer headline South African Open ATP action picks right back up this week in the aftermath of the Australian Open. Gael Monfils and David Ferrer lead the way in Johannesburg, where one of the two hard-court events is taking place.

    With most of the top players in the world taking a break following the Australian Open, ATP titles will be completely up for grabs throughout the month of February. The non-stop chaos begins this week, with one of the two hard-court events taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Two new finalists are already guaranteed at the South African Open, as 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and runner-up Jeremy Chardy are not returning. That leaves Gael Monfils as the top seed this week, followed by No. 2 David Ferrer, who reached the semifinals last season before falling to Chardy.

    Both Monfils and Ferrer are coming off week-one losses in Melbourne, where the Frenchman fell to John Isner in round three and the Spaniard succumbed to Marcos Baghdatis in a second-round five-setter. Monfils opens in South Africa with Slovak veteran Dominik Hrbaty and his potential path to the final could also feature Jarkko Nieminen and Feliciano Lopez. Ferrer will take on Karol Beck in the first round and he will challenged in the bottom half of the draw by Marco Chiudinelli and Xavier Malisse.

    The remaining seeded players are Xavier Malisse, Rajeev Ram, and Stephane Robert. Malisse faces a potentially tough opener with India's Somdev Devvarman, while Ram will have the crowd against him as he goes up against South African wild card Rik De Voest.

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seriously Ricky... we're not ready for this yet! have a day off, it is sickie day tomorrow!

croc , 1/31/10 10:44 PM

well said

but to use a great phrase: "it is what it is"

RickyDimon , 1/31/10 11:08 PM

I dont think i will watch this event simply not too many star players thats why even players like Rajeev Ram and Stephane Robert are seeded,

tennis2010 , 2/1/10 3:54 AM

Come on, tennis, you're saying that Steve Darcis-Laurent Recouderc tilt doesn't hold any appeal for you? Your loss ...

SenorPlaid , 2/1/10 8:02 PM

of Course it doesnt hold appeal after watching the Australian open, its better to take a week off. I think Rotterdam is the next event I will watch

tennis2010 , 2/2/10 7:17 PM

dont forget about the Thiago Alves vs. Oleksandr Dolgopolov, Jr. match that is currently in progres......and headed to a third set!

RickyDimon , 2/2/10 8:04 PM

Ricky, are you going to be live blogging the titanic Robert-Van Der Merwe tilt?

SenorPlaid , 2/2/10 10:46 PM

SP - i thought about it, but Laurent Recouderc is playing Dustin Brown at the same time, so I could be leaning towards that one for live blog instead.

RickyDimon , 2/3/10 1:18 AM

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