ATP QUITO - MAIN DRAW: Karlovic and Ramos-Vinolas lead the field, Estrella Burgos seek treble

Tennis - Paolo Lorenzi, Thomaz Bellucci, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Thiago Monteiro will also try to go deep

by Jovica Ilic
ATP QUITO - MAIN DRAW: Karlovic and Ramos-Vinolas lead the field, Estrella Burgos seek treble

The Ecuador Open in Quito is the first clay tournament of the season, and also among the fastest in terms of the conditions, located almost 3000 meters above sea level. Victor Estrella Burgos was the winner of the first two editions in 2015 and 2016 and he is looking for the treble this year, but it will not be easy. If he beat Andrej Martin in the opening round, Estrella Burgos will face the top seed Ivo Karlovic in the second round, in what may be a very interesting encounter between two veterans.

Horacio Zeballos is the 6th seed and he will face Gerald Melzer in another good opening round match. Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci is set to play Daniel Gimeno-Traver or Janko Tipsarevic in round 2, with Renzo Olivo looking to reach the quarter-final as well in that part of the draw.

Alexandr Dolgopolov will open his campaign against Rajeev Ram and Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi is also looking to reach the semis from that quarter. Albert Ramos-Vinolas and talented Brazilian Thiago Monteiro will battle for the place in the last 4 in the lowest part of the draw.

[1]Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Bye
Andrej Martin (SVK) vs Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
Joao Souza (BRA) vs Qualifier
[6]Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs Gerald Melzer

[4]Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs Bye
Daniel Gimeon-Traver (ESP) vs [WC]Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)
[8]Renzo Olivo (ARG) vs [WC]Emilio Gomez (ECU)

[5]Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Rajeev Ram (USA)
Nicolas Kicker (ARG) vs Guido Andreozzi (ARG)
[PR]Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs Qualifier
[3]Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs Bye

[7]Thiago Monteiro (BRA) vs [WC]Giovanni Lapentti (ECU)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs Qualifier
Alessandro Giannessi (ITA) vs Qualifier
[2]Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs Bye ALSO READ: ATP SOFIA - MAIN DRAW: Thiem to face Dimitrov in the semis! Muller, Bautista Agut and Goffin are in bottom half

Paolo Lorenzi Thomaz Bellucci Thiago Monteiro