Top seeds in action on Wednesday
Number one and number two seeds plus four Swedish players are in action in singles on Wednesday in RC Hotel Open. It doesn´t happen very often that there are so many Swedes in a ATP challenger tournament as five, but on home soil wild cards can give the lower ranked players the possibility to challenge on the challenger tour.
On Tuesday the first Swedish victim was a fact when Markus Eriksson lost against 110-ranked Jan-Lennart Struff. There is no guarantee that there will be any Swedish victories in the first round at all. Every Swedish success this week will be welcome when most players are underdogs. Elias Ymer is better ranked than his opponent in the opening match in the tournament, Aleksandr Nedovyesov. But the Swedish number one has been sick and out of matches for some weeks now. On top of that, Nedovyesov defeated world number one Novak Djokovic the past weekend when he was victorious in the Davis Cup doubles together with Andrey Golubev in Belgrad. Maybe he is inspired of that. Maybe he is exhausted by playing three days in a row during the weekend? It is a tricky to pick a winner in this battle.
Patrik Rosenholm has been playing great in the qualification to earn his place in the main draw. Even if he lost once against today’s opponent, Mirza Basic, he has a good feeling that he can change the script this time. And he can play without pressure at all ranked outside top 1000. Basic won three matches in this weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Tunisia and started the year well by qualifying for the first Grand Slam of the year and reaching round two in Melbourne.
Young Swedish wild card Daniel Windahl made his Davis Cup debut against Russia last week. Hopefully he learned a lot but to ask for a win against experienced Jurgen Zopp is to ask for too much? Estonian number one likes it in Sweden. He has been a quarter finalist in Bastad ATP and has already played a final in Jonkoping! He was dominating the Swedish Rising Star Tour a couple of years back and then reached final in the ITF Future tournament on the same courts that are used this week.
The evening match on Wednesday is something great to look forward to for the audience. Homeboy Isak Arvidsson has been representing one of the Jonkoping clubs and took his first tennis lessons in the city of Hjo, just an hour drive away. He is up against showman Dustin Brown, seeded number two in RC Hotel Open. The German is of course not only an artistic and spectacular player – he is also effective. Last year he knocked out Rafael Nadal from Wimbledon and this will be a match very much on his terms.
Top seeded Filip Krajinovic is on court again against another Russian. In the first round he struggled in the first set against lucky looser Karlovskiy. Wednesday means a meeting with 19 year old Karen Khachanov who defeated another Russian in his first round match. Khachanov is in Jonkoping with his coach Galo Blanco from Spain. The team is working seriously together and Khachanow is right now on his career high ranking at 146.
Two doubles matches with home interest is also on the Wednesday order of play. Markus Eriksson will have a second go when he is teaming up with Milos Sekulic to face Rameez Junaid/Jonathan Marray. The Croatian team Nikola Mektic/Antonio Sancic will challenge the Swedish/Danish duo of Johan Brunstrom/Frederik Nielsen. That also means that two Wimbledon champions are on court on the same day in Jonkoping. Marray and Nielsen were surprise winners in London 2012.Posted by RC Press on 09-03-16.