ATP BASTAD - MAIN DRAW: Carreno Busta and Ramos-Vinolas lead the field- View: 1026 by Jovica Ilic
The SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad is one of the best-organized ATP 250 events in the ATP calendar, and it began in 1948, with Ken Rosewall, Manuel Santana, and Roy Emerson among the early winners. In 1970, Bastad joined the Open era and it stayed a regular stop ever since, with the players like Ilie Nastase, Stan Smith, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling and David Ferrer all lifting the trophy here.
Carreno Busta will open his campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov or Jan-Lenard Struff, and he could meet Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-final. The second part of the draw is also very interesting, Richard Gasquet had to witdraw when the draw was already out and Karen Khachanov took his place as the 5th seed.
2-time champion David Ferrer has been struggling to find the right form, staying without a title in the last 2 seasons after winning 5 crowns in 2015, and if he beats a qualifier in the first round his next rival should be Thomaz Bellucci, who plays against Dustin Brown.
Horacio Zeballos, Pablo Cuevas, and promising Swede Mikael Ymer are also in the third quarter, and it will be interesting to see how far can Mikael go in front of the home crowd.