Medvedev, Tsitsipas Learn Marseille Draw Paths
Top seed Medvedev will begin his title campaign against Egor Gerasimov — the man who beat Andy Murray in the first round in Montpellier last week — or Yannick Hanfmann. The World No. 3, who fell to Dusan Lajovic in his Rotterdam opener this week, will be making his third appearance in the Marseille main draw. The two-time quarter-finalist shares the top quarter with #NextGenATP Italian and fifth seed Jannik Sinner.
In the bottom quarter, two-time defending champion Tsitsipas could open his bid for a third straight Marseille trophy against a former finalist. The Greek will meet 2018 runner-up Lucas Pouille or a qualifier in his first match of the tournament. Tsitsipas did not drop a set en route to the trophy in 2019 and 2020, but he may have to get past a former Top 5 player in the quarter-finals this year.
The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion is joined in the bottom quarter by sixth seed Kei Nishikori, who defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur in Rotterdam this week. Nishikori will meet home favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round.
Third seed Karen Khachanov features in Medvedev’s half of the draw. The 2018 champion will meet Stefano Travaglia or Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. Tsitsipas and Khachanov are not the only past champions in the draw. Three-time winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2009, ’13, ’17) will begin his push for a record fourth Marseille crown against Feliciano Lopez. The winner of that match will face fourth seed Ugo Humbert.