Six top ten players are on the schedules of the ATP Dubai and Acapulco on Tuesday. Stan Wawrinka comes back to the competizion for the first time since Australian Open, he will face Damir Dzumhur.
They have never played against each other in career, but Wawrinka is the favourite. We know that sometimes he struggles in the early rounds, but it's a good first round match to find some rhythm ahead of some tougher matches.
Andy Murray shouldn't have any issue against the Tunisian Malek Jaziri. The World No. 1 didn't have an easy period after Australian Open as he was ill with herpes, but he recovered and we think he will win in straight sets. It's interesting also the Czech derby between Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol.
In Acapulco there are some pop corn matches. The most balanced one is between Alexandr Dolgopolov, who won the Buenos Aires title and had a good run in Rio, and Marin Cilic, then at 6:00 PM Local time Novak Djokovic will enter the court to face Martin Klizan, who has not been playing so well recently. Nole leads head to head 2-0, he beat the Slovakian player 6/2 6/1 in 2015 Shanghai and 6/0 5/7 6/1 in the same year at Miami. Then Rafael Nadal will face Mischa Zverev, it will be the second match in less than two months between the Spaniard and the German, as they faced each other in Brisbane where Rafa easily won 6/1 6/1. In that match Zverev's serve and volley game didn't work and Nadal hit many winner passing shots, will it be the same this time?
Finally, Juan Martin Del Potro will close the day as he will take on the 19-year-old Francis Tiafoe, World No. 89 who went through the qualifying draw at the Australian Open losing to Alexander Zverev. Del Potro should win in straight sets.
ATP DUBAI – Day 2 Schedule:
2:00 PM local time Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
4:00 PM Adam Pavlasek (CZE) vs Lucas Pouille (FRA)
7:00 PM Andy Murray (GBR) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Followed by Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Court 1 – 2:00 PM:
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Daniel Evans (GBR) vs Dustin Brown (GER)
Omar Alawadhi (UAE) vs Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
Robin Haase (NED) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)
Court 3 2:00 PM:
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)
Marius Copil (ROU) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
ATP ACAPULCO – Day 2 Schedule:
4:00 PM Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs Monica Puig (POR)
6:00 PM Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Martin Klizan (SVK)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Mischa Zverev (GER)
10:00 PM Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) vs Francis Tiafoe (USA)
Court 1 – 4:00 PM:
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Marin Cilic (CRO)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs Alja Tomljanovic (CRO)
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)
Grandstand Caliente – 4:00 PM:
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Donald Young (USA)
Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs Sam Querrey (USA)
Dudi Sela (ISR) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Jack Sock (USA) vs Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
Court 3 – 4:00 PM:
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)