Tsitsipas & Khachanov Headline Stacked Washington Draw
Five of the Top 15 players in the ATP Rankings headline this year’s Citi Open, with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russians Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev among those kicking off their North American hard-court swings in Washington, D.C.
Top seed Tsitsipas starts his week against an American in Denis Kudla or Tommy Paul. The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion could meet fifth-seeded American and three-time runner-up John Isner in the quarter-finals. Isner picked up his first title of the year this month at the Hall of Fame Open (d. Bublik).
Second seed Khachanov faces the winner of an intriguing all-French battle between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and #NextGenATP player Ugo Humbert. His draw doesn’t get easier from there as a potential quarter-final looms with eighth-seeded Canadian and 2014 champion Milos Raonic or No. 12 seed Alex de Minaur. The #NextGenATP Aussie, who finished runner-up here last year (l. to Zverev), is currently in the semi-finals at the BB&T Atlanta Open.
Third seed Medvedev is competing for the first time since cracking the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings this month. He opens his campaign against American Bjorn Fratangelo or Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who finished runner-up in 2016 (l. to Monfils). Should he reach the quarter-finals, Medvedev could face sixth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic or ninth-seeded #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Kevin Anderson, runner-up in 2017 (l. to Zverev), rounds out the top four seeds. The South African begins his week against a qualifier or Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and could face seventh-seeded Belgian David Goffin in the last eight. Anderson’s recovery from a right elbow injury has limited him to four tournaments since the Australian Open.
Other notable names in the draw include Aussie Nick Kyrgios and American Jack Sock. Another #NextGenATP clash also highlights opening-round action as Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic meets Aussie Alexei Popyrin.