After working hard over the last twelve months in attempt to turn his career around it eventually paid off for the twenty-five world Aussie Tomic, who came all the way through qualifying to beat top-seed Fognini in the final, which was his fourth ATP title. Shenzhen through up plenty of shocks and surprises this week with the top two seeds failing to progress far, qualifier Nishioka winning his maiden ATP title against the unseeded Herbert who was contesting his second ATP final.
On to this week’s ATP Tennis action and we have two ATP 500 events at Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan. Beijing has attracted a strong field with the likes of top seed Del Potro, second seed Sascha Zverev and fourth seed and Chengdu finalist Fognini. The top seeds have dominated Beijing over the last decade and the top-seed won seven of the last tent titles (last Nadal 2o17), which bodes well for Del Potro’s chances this week.
The second seed has experienced some success at Beijing over the last decade winning two titles during this period (last Djokovic 2009) and they were a losing final once in this period (Nadal 2013). Seeded players in general have a strong record at Beijing and a player seeded no higher than three won the last ten titles and a player seeded no higher than eight was a losing finalist seven out of the last ten (last Nadal 2015). Finally, an unseeded player has never won the title and they were a losing finalist three times over the last decade (last Dimitrov 2016)
At Tokyo defending champion Goffin does not return to defend his title due to injury. The top seed has a good record at Tokyo winning three of the last ten titles (last Wawrinka 2015) and they were a losing finalist once during this period (Nadal 2011), which makes improves Cilic’s chances this week. The second seed has not performed that well at Tokyo winning over the last decade winning two of the last ten title (last Murray 2011).
Seeded players in general do have a good record at Tokyo and a player seeded no higher than nine won the last ten titles (last Goffin 2017) and a player seeded no higher than six was a losing finalist eight times during this period, An unseeded player has never won the title over the last decade and they were a losing finalist twice during this period (last Paire 2015), which suggests an unseeded player wont feature in the final at the weekend.