ATP World Tour - Malaysian and Shenzhen Opens take centre stage this week
The three week, five-tournament Asian circuit on the ATP World Tour, got underway on Monday with the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen Open in China.
This week's hosting will be the seventh edition of the Malaysian Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament, which was officially launched in 2009 and is held indoors at the 7,000 capacity Putra Stadium.Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in action (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)6x5x4x3x
World No. 8 David Ferrer is the top seed for the event and he's joined by the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki, who are both ranked inside the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, whilst Feliciano Lopez, Jeremy Chardy, Pablo Cuevas and Nick Kyrgios are other top names to look out for.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet was forced to withdraw from the competition due to an unspecified injury.
Ferrer will be determined to walk away with the title as he continues his bid to secure one of the remaining four berths at the end of season ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London in November.
The Spaniard currently occupies the eighth and final qualifying place on the rankings as he bids to make back-to-back appearances at the end of season extravaganza.
The 33-year-old only earned a place at last season's tournament when was forced to pull out due to a right thigh injury.
He hasn't enjoyed a great deal of success in Kuala Lumpur, though, and he's lacking match sharpness after a spell on the sidelines through injury.
Ferrer missed the North American summer hard court circuit with a right elbow injury before returning at the US Open only to be eliminated in the third round (l. to Chardy). He has a 6-4 career record in Kuala Lumpur, reaching the last four in 2010 and '12, and the quarter-finals in his last appearance two years ago (l. to eventual champ Sousa).
The Malaysia Open runs until Sunday.
The second edition of the Shenzhen Open, meanwhile, is led by top seed and World No. 5 Tomas Berdych, who is bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the sixth consecutive year.
The other seeds are: No. 2 Marin Cilic, No. 3 Tommy Robredo, No. 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, No. 5 Adrian Mannarino, No. 6 Jiri Vesely, No. 7 Aljaz Bedene and No. 8 Victor Estrella Burgos.
Berdych comes in as the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament for the second week in a row although that mattered little in St. Petersburg last time out, as after an opening round bye, he lost to Italian Simone Bolelli 7-6 6-4.
The 30-year-old has reached three finals (Doha, Rotterdam, ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo) this season.