2014 Aegon International

Gasquet needs all guns firing

Richard Gasquet will finally make his Devonshire Park debut, and awaits the winner of the tricky tie between Australian ace Bernard Tomic and Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev.

The French star, who missed the entire clay court season except for Roland Garros, receives a bye as the top seed.

And Gasquet could face a possible upset if he faces Tomic in his first contest at Eastbourne.

Tomic, who has a game that is suited to grass and catapulted into the world’s top 50 by storming into the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Tomic’s impressive run to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2011 put him on the centre stage, but he has since fluctuated in the rankings between the world’s top 30 and 50.

The quarter-final opponent for Gasquet, should he find the Centre Court on the south coast of England suitable for his game, is projected to be #8 seed Federico Delbonis. The Argentinian captured his first ATP Tour title this year by triumphing in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

However, Delbonis must first overcome Slovakian Martin Klizan before he would play either American Donald Young, who hasn’t lived up to his star billing a few seasons ago, or British wildcard James Ward.

In the same half are #4 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who has been given a 1st Round bye, and #7 seed Santiago Giraldo of Columbia.

Garcia-Lopez will tackle one of the Devonshire Park regulars in the 2nd Round, either Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin or Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin – who is coached by his wife Anastasia.

Giraldo has a showdown with Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, with the winner facing either France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin or a Qualifier.

Another Eastbourne regular who has a shot at bagging the Aegon International crown this year is Alexandr Dolgopolov, formerly known as Oleksandr Dolgopolov Junior.

The top-ranked Ukrainian on the ATP Tour is seeded #2 so has a bye. He will play either 6’6” American Sam Querrey or young British wildcard Kyle Edmund.

His projected quarter-finalist opponent is France’s Gilles Simon. The former world #6, whose game is not suited to grass, surprisingly slipped up at the 2013 Aegon International to Edmund – who notched his first ever ATP Tour win.

Simon goes into the unknown against a Qualifier, and if victorious tackles either compatriot Julien Benneteau or Taiwanese ace Lu Yen-Hsun, whose style of play is perfectly suited to fast surfaces.

In the same half of the draw is defending champion Feliciano Lopez, the Spaniard is seeded #3 so is granted a 1st Round bye, and he must be pleased that to start with he’ll face either British wildcard Dan Evans or a Qualifier.

Should Lopez progress then his quarter-final opponent is scheduled to be #5 seed Ivo Karlovic. However, the Croatian must see off France’s Jeremy Chardy in the 1st Round and then beat either Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq or a Qualifier to set up a match with a semi-final spot up for grabs.

SEEDED PLAYERS
No.1 – GASQUET, Richard
No2 – DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr
No3 – LOPEZ, Feliciano
No4 – GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo
No5 – KARLOVIC, Ivo
No6 – SIMON, Gilles
No7 – GIRALDO, Santiago
No8 – DELBONIS, Federico

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