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ATP Marseille 2019 Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Young guns, Tsitsipas, Coric and Shapovalov lead Marseille field

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 17 Feb 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric and Denis Shapovalov are among the headline names at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille
  • Open 13 Provence is live from Marseille from 18-24 February
Stefanos Tsitsipas. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Young guns, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric and Denis Shapovalov are among the headline names at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, live from 18-24 February.

Tsitsipas famously reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, taking out Roger Federer along the way, but the Greek has done next to nothing this season outside Melbourne, winning just two matches in his three other tournaments.

Coric also had a decent Australian Open, reaching the fourth round, but curiously, he has not played any other tournaments this season. Another young gun looking to make a mark in Marseille is Denis Shapovalov, while Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon and David Goffin are among members of the older guard looking to keep the Next Gen stars at bay.

We preview the Marseille draw.

First Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Stefanos Tsitsipas (1) vs Gael Monfils (7) [Head-to-head: 1-1]

Outside his brilliant semi-final run at the Australian Open, Greek young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas has struggled this season, going 2-3 in his other three tournaments in Sydney, Sofia and Rotterdam. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
He is coming off back-to-back losses, having fallen to Gael Monfils in the quarter finals in Sofia, and lost to Damir Dzumhur in last week’s Rotterdam opener. (Dzumhur had not won a match this year prior to that victory over Tsitsipas…). The Greek is also seeking his first ever win in Marseille, after crashing to opening round defeats to Mikhail Youzhny and Nicolas Mahut in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The 20-year-old gets a bye into the second round, where he opens against Polish youngster, Hubert Hurkacz or the dangerous Serbian, Filip Krajinovic. You’d fancy Krajinovic to get past Hurkacz- and set up that meeting with Tsitsipas. That’s a tough draw, as Krajinovic is a former Paris Masters finalist, and has made the third round of the Australian Open, and the quarter finals in Montpellier this season. 

2015 finalist, Gael Monfils leads the other side of this quarter, but after reaching the semi-finals in Sofia, and winning the Rotterdam title in the last two weeks, his participation in Marseille remains doubtful. If he does play, he will take on Jiri Vesely in the first round, and will go up against a qualifier in the second. I believe this is an opportunity for Tsitsipas to get something going this season- if he manages to get through the opening round, he should be too strong for a tiring Monfils, or whoever comes through the bottom section of the quarter.

Predicted Quarter Final: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Gael Monfils
Semi-Finalist: Stefanos Tsitsipas

Second Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: David Goffin (3) vs Gilles Simon (6) [Head-to-head: 2-2]

David Goffin heads into Marseille on the back of three straight defeats, as he continues to search for the form that once took him to the top-ten. 

Gilles Simon. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
The Belgian was at No. 7 at the end of 2017, but an injury-hit 2018 pulled him out of the top-20, and he has again struggled at the start of the 2019 season. Goffin is 2-4 for the year, with his only wins coming at the Australian Open, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the third round, while he has fallen in the opening rounds in Doha, Montpellier and Rotterdam. 

Following a first round bye, Goffin could start his tournament against the unpredictable Frenchman, Benoit Paire, who must get past a qualifier in the first round. It’s a potentially tough start for Goffin, as Paire leads the head-to-head 3-2, and is very capable of inflicting a fourth straight defeat on the struggling Belgian.

Two-time champion Gilles Simon is on the other side of this quarter, as he attempts to get back on track after losing his way in the last few weeks. The French veteran opened his season with consecutive semi-finals in Pune and Sydney, but he has won just one match since then, and is currently on a three-match losing streak after opening round defeats to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych in Montpellier and Rotterdam respectively. He has got a less challenging first-round fixture in Marseille as he plays wildcard, Antoine Hoang, and could run into either Damir Dzumhur or Peter Gojowczyk in the second. 

Predicted Quarter Final: Benoit Paire vs Gilles Simon
Semi-Finalist: Gilles Simon

Third Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Denis Shapovalov (4) vs Jeremy Chardy (8) [Head-to-head: Shapovalov leads 2-0]

Canadian youngster, Denis Shapovalov continues his 2019 campaign in Marseille, where he is competing for a second time, after making his debut in 2017 (lost to Julian Benneteau). Shapovalov has made a few semi-finals in his young career, most notably at Masters 1000 level in Montreal in 2017, and Madrid last season, but he is yet to reach a final, and is obviously still without a title. Can he correct that this week?

Jo Wilfried Tsonga. (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
The 19-year-old looked in excellent touch in the opening couple of rounds in Rotterdam last week, outclassing Franko Skugor, and more impressively, Tomas Berdych, but he came unstuck in the quarter finals against Stan Wawrinka, falling in straight sets to the three-time major winner. Seeded No. 4 in Marseille, the left-hander gets a first-round bye, and opens against either Mikhail Kukushkin or Denis Kudla in the second round. It’s a match the explosive Canadian should win, thus setting up a potential quarter final meeting with three-time champion, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. 

Tsonga recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, and has pulled out of Indian Wells as a result, but he will compete in Marseille this week, where he looks to continue his encouraging start to the season. Tsonga is 11-3 this year, having won the Montpellier title, made the Brisbane semi-finals and reached the quarters in Rotterdam last week. He’s got a tough draw in Marseille, as he opens against Andrey Rublev, and could take on either Brisbane semi-finalist, Chardy talented Italian youngster, Matteo Berrettini, who reached the semi-finals in Sofia, in the second round. Tsonga clearly enjoys playing in Marseille, having won the title in 2009, 2013, and 2017, and made the final in 2014, and given how well he has been playing, it’s hard to bet against another strong run from the Frenchman. Expect him to give Marseille a very big go before taking his break.

Predicted Quarter Finalist: Denis Shapovalov vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Predicted Semi-Finalist: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Fourth Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Borna Coric (2) vs Fernando Verdasco (5) [Head-to-head: Coric leads 1-0]

Borna Coric plays just his second tournament this season, as he returns to action for the first time since the Australian Open. 

Borna Coric. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
The Croatian did not play any warm-up events before Melbourne, opting instead to arrive the city early to get acclimatized and prepared for the Australian Open. The plan worked to an extent, as he reached the fourth round in Melbourne, having gone 0-4 at the first Grand Slam of the year prior to 2019. He hasn’t played since that fourth-round defeat to Lucas Pouille, and posted recently on Twitter that he has been practicing, while taking ‘some time off everything’.

The 22-year-old is playing in Marseille for the first time since 2015, when he was beaten by Gilles Simon in the second round, and he starts his campaign in the second round against either enigmatic Latvian, Ernests Gulbis or French wildcard, Ugo Humbert, following a first-round bye. Gulbis is a former champion in Marseille (defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2014 final), and always carries a threat in these draws; and assuming he gets past Humbert, which is by no means a given, he could potentially capitalize on Coric’s lack of match practice to get into the quarter finals. Whoever gets out of that section is projected to meet Fernando Verdasco in the last eight, provided the Spaniard gets past a qualifier in the first round, and beats either Steve Darcis or another qualifier in the second round.

Predicted Quarter Final:  Ernests Gulbis vs Fernando Verdasco
Predicted Semi-Finalist: Ernests Gulbis

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Gilles Simon
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Ernests Gulbis

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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ATP Marseille 2019 Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Young guns, Tsitsipas, Coric and Shapovalov lead Marseille field

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