The Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex will kick off for the third straight year next week in Loso Cabos, offering one of the biggest prize money among the ATP 250 events. Despite that, the field is not that strong, with players opting to go to Washington and fight for 500 points.
Juan Martin del Potro is the top seed, seeking his first title since Indian Wells and making a return after that amazing Wimbledon quarter-final match against Nadal. The Argentinian should reach the quarters and things could become tight there, facing the 5th seed and the defending champion Sam Querrey or Bernard Tomic who started to play on a serious level again in the last couple of weeks.
Damir Dzumhur and Ryan Harrison are the seeds in the second quarter and they have to beat Thomas Fabbiano, Ernesto Escobedo, Michael Mmoh and Peter Polansky in order to fight for the place in the semis. A former finalist Feliciano Lopez is the 8th seed, battling against Cameron Norrie, the 2016 champion Ivo Karlovic, Elias Ymer or Adrian Mannarino in the third quarter and the real showdown is reserved for the bottom quarter, led by the 2nd seed Fabio Fognini.
The Italian has to overcome the names like Taylor Fritz, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Gastao Elias, Yoshihito Nishioka, Gilles Muller and Quentin Halys, which will not be easy when we know that he played on clay for the last two weeks.
Kokkinakis and Fritz should play one of the best first-round matches in the battle of the youngsters and it will be interesting to see who will emerge as a winner at the end of the week before moving to the north for the Masters 1000 events. Full draw: