Scouting report: Medvedev at Metz, Evans & Brooksby lead San Diego Field, Federer’s farewell at Laver Cup | ATP Tour

Three events make for a busy week on the ATP Tour, with the addition of the weekend’s ATP 250 in Metz and San Diego Laver Cupthe last event of Roger Federers legendary career.

debutant Daniel Medvedev leads the field at the Moselle open in Metz while Daniel Evans and Jenson Brooksby are the top seeds at the Open San Diego. That Laver Cupwhich takes place from Friday to Sunday, all Big Four – Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – for the first time.

ATPTour.com looks ahead to five things to see from every event.

Show draws: Metz | San Diego

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN METZ
1) Medvedev’s debut:
Medvedev will make his The Green City debut when he bids for his second ATP Tour title in 2022 (Los Cabos). The 26-year-old is looking forward to a week of rest after his fourth round US Open The exit ultimately cost him his No. 1 spot in the Pepperstone ATP rankings. He enters the hard courts of Metz as world No. 4 for his first competitive action since competing in New York.

2) Returning Champion Hurkacz: world number 10 Hubert Hurkacz didn’t drop a set on his way to the 2021 Metz title, including wins against him Andy Murray in the quarterfinals and Pablo Carreno Busta in the final. This trophy was his third in 2021. Hurkacz, who was already a title winner in Halle this season, also won the Metz double crown last year Jan Zielinsky – hopes to secure his second multi-trophy campaign in France. After reaching the Montreal final, he went 1-2 in Cincinnati and the US Open.

3) home hopes: eighth seed Adrian Mannarino leads seven French in the peloton, not counting potential qualifiers. Also in use among the local favorites Ugo Humbert, Giles Simon, Arthur Rinderknech and Richard Gasquet. Nine of the last 12 Metz champions have been French, including five consecutive French champions from 2009-13.

4) Musetti, Rune, Thiem add intrigue: #NextGenATP Stars Lorenzo Musetti and Holger Rune are third and fourth, separated by just one spot in the Pepperstone ATP rankings at world 30th and 31st respectively. They also take third and fourth place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race to Milan. Musetti makes his Metz debut while Rune returns after reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier a year ago. wildcard Dominik Thiem is in Metz for the second time after reaching the final in 2016 (from left to right). Luke Pouille).

5) PΓΌtz/Venus lead double draw: Tim Puetz and MichaelVenus are the top seeds in the doubles competition, with Lloyd glass pool and Harry Helovaara placed second. Third seed Nicholas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin are one of four all-French duos in the draw.

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN SAN DIEGO
1) Evans returns as front runner:
Great Britain Daniel Evans countryman fell Cameron Norrie last year in the second round of San Diego, but the world No. 25 is the sole representative from Great Britain in this year’s singles draw.

2) Americans dot the draw: Jenson Brooksby, Marco Giron, Brandon Nakashima and JJ Wolf are all seeded in San Diego, with six other Americans also in the draw, not counting potential qualifiers. Brandon Holt received a wild card after his impressive progress in qualifying and the second round US Open Debut.

3) Spain’s Martinez Fourth: Pedro Martinez leads a host of Spanish and South American players on the field, including the sixth seed Alejandro Tabilo from Chile and Colombia Daniel Elahi Galan. Galan will look to continue his strong form after reaching the third round US Open as a qualifier, stunning Stefanos Tsitsipas on the first lap.

4) All Aussie Opener: Two all-Australia matchups are scheduled for the opening round. Seventh Seed James Duckworth will meet Alexei Popyrinwhile Jason Kuebler assumes Christopher O’Connell.

5) Lammons/Withrow second in doubles draw: The pairing of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow are one of four all-American teams in the doubles draw in San Diego. One of these teams – Evan King and Denis Kudl – will face top seeds Santiago Gonzales and Andres Molteni in the opening round.

FIVE THINGS TO SEE AT THE LAVER CUP
1) Federer’s farewell:
Federer announced this on Thursday Laver Cup would be the last competitive event of his tennis career. It’s a fitting final as the Swiss will be teaming up with many of his legendary rivals for Team Europe, including Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.

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2) The 10 best talents: In addition to home field advantage at London’s O2 Arena, Team Europe has four top 10 players: US Open Finalist and number 2 in the world Kasper RuudNo. 3 Nadal, No. 6 Tsitsipas and No. 7 Djokovic.

3) Team Europe puts perfection on the line: As well as the pageantry around Federer’s farewell, Team Europe will also focus on extending their perfect record in the competition. You didn’t lose them Laver Cup Since its inception in 2017, it has won the title on all four previous occasions.

4) Americans lead Team World: As well as number 12 in the world TaylorFritzthe most senior player on captain John McEnroe‘s team, American Frances Tiafoe and jack sock will also play an important role for Team World. The squad also includes Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman and Alex from Minaur.

5) Unique format: That Laver Cup will be played in five sessions over three days, from September 23rd to 25th. Each match win is worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on a high-stakes Sunday. The first team to reach 13 points (put out of a possible 24) wins Laver Cup.

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