MUNICH, April 23, 2016
The BMW Open by FWU AG kicked-off with the main draw ceremony, held at the venue of the MTTC Iphitos on Saturday.
The four top-seeds receive a first round bye in the 28-man-draw. Munich’s number one David Goffin will either face Victor Estrella Burgos or a qualifier to start his title bid. Second seed Gael Monfils awaits the winner of the encounter between Marco Cecchinato and a qualifier.
Third favourite Dominic Thiem will play Mischa Zverev, who was granted a wild card, or Santiago Giraldo. In-form local hero Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was only stopped by Rafael Nadal in the stage of the final four in Barcelona this week, awaits the winner of the battle between two qualifiers.
A must-watch-match will be the affair between Juan Martin Del Potro and Dustin Brown. Both players were awarded a wild card but the German made the cut just before sign-in deadline closed. Brown attended the main draw ceremony on Saturday morning and seems to look forward to his latest challenge.
“It will not be easy for sure. I think no one wants to face Juan Martin in the opening round. Let’s hope that he sees it the same way,” he told with a smile.
“My hand feels better. I was able to practice the last two days,” Brown added concerning his wrist injury.
Young gun Alexander Zverev, who turned 19 last Wednesday, will be seeded sixth. He will face Malek Jaziri for the first time on the tour. Atlantixlux team member Fabio Fognini is the tournament’s number five and will take on German wild card Maximilian Marterer. World number 17 Roberto Bautista-Agut was forced to withdraw from the ATP 250 event due to injury.
Meanwhile, the first round of the qualifying took place, firmly controlled by the German players. Five of the seven locals prevailed.
Tobias Kamke defeated Adrian Menendez-Maceiras for the third time in the pair’s fourth tour meeting. The 29-year-old from Lübeck appeared in his first clay court match of the season, rallying 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Kamke won 80% of his first service points and saved all three break points he faced, converting two of his own to finish the encounter with a clean forehand long line winner after one hour and 57 minutes. Kamke will play fellow countryman Matthias Bachinger next, who beat Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes.
It was also the day of the comebacks. Cedric-Marcel Stebe, who only played one ITF Future tournament this season and two in 2015 since he had suffered an injury in September 2013, dismissed Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6. The 25-year-old is currently ranked on 1756th position and received a wild card. He closed the encounter after one hour and 20 minutes. Stebe’s next opponent will be Nils Langer, who knocked out the qualifying’s number one Mirza Basic 6-4, 6-3.
Florian Mayer also made a successful return to the courts. The former world number 18 also had to cope with injuries in the last couple of years. Mayer
missed almost the entire season 2014 and has been sidelined from the courts again since the US-Open last year due to adductor problems. He lost in the opening round of the qualifying at the ATP 250 event in Bucharest last week, but gained a comfortable victory on Munich’s centre court against Alejandro Gonzalez, winning 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 10 minutes. Mayer will take on Vincent Millot next, who eased past Nikola Mektic 6-2, 6-4.
Igor Sijsling, who took out Andrej Golubev 6-2, 6-1 and Jozef Kovalik, who had no problems with Austrian wild card and MTTC Iphitos player Alexander Erler, winning 6-3, 6-3, will join the Germans and the Frenchman in the second round continuing on Sunday.