Scouting Report: Rublev & Kyrgios Headline Washington, Medvedev Returns in Los Cabos | TBEN | Tennis

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All of this week’s action will take place on North American hard courts with an ATP 500 event in Washington and an ATP 250 in Los Cabos.

Andrey Rublev is the top seeded at the Citi Open, where other players include 2019 champion Nick Kyrgios and former world champion Andy Murray. Daniil Medvedev, the current number 1 in the Pepperstone ATP ranking, returns to the Abierto de Tenis Mifel. ATPTour.com looks at what to watch at each event.

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN WASHINGTON
1) Rublev Top Seed:
Rublev, the frontrunner in the United States capital, will try to claim his fourth TBEN title of the season. The 24-year-old, who has already triumphed in Marseille, Dubai and Belgrade this year, is no stranger to Washington. Rublev advanced to the semifinals of the ATP 500 in 2018 as a 20-year-old. He will try to break his season record of 32-11 when he faces #NextGenATP Briton Jack Draper or American wildcard Stefan Kozlov in the first round.

2) Fritz & Opelka Lead American Charge: The top two Americans in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka, lead a strong contingent from their countries at the Citi Open, where they are placed third and fourth respectively. Fritz has had the best season of his career, winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open, and finishing ninth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin as he tries to qualify for the Nitto for the first time. ATP Finals. Opelka, this year’s champion in Dallas and Houston, can compete in the third round against compatriot and good friend Tommy Paul, the 14th seed.

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Other Americans to keep an eye on include 13th Series Maxime Cressy, the recent Newport titlist, who has been seeded to face Rublev in the third round. Frances Tiafoe, who will get the local support because he is from nearby Maryland, is the 10th seed.

3) Nick back for more: One of the best runs of Kyrgios’ career came at the 2019 Citi Open, where he defeated Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in back-to-back matches to claim his second ATP 500 trophy. In his first appearance in singles since reaching the Wimbledon final – he withdrew from singles in Atlanta due to a left knee injury – Kyrgios will try to emerge victorious again in Washington. The Australian opens against American Marcos Giron, with the winner playing Paul in the second round.

4) Murray on the march: At the start of the season, Murray was ranked number 134 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings. He will be world number 50 on Monday and is eager to climb higher with a good performance in Washington. The former world No. 1 holds a 7-2 record at the Citi Open, where he reached the final in 2006 and reached the quarter-finals in 2018, his most recent appearance. Murray, who made the finals in Sydney and Stuttgart this year, will face Swede Mikael Ymer in the first round, with the winner facing 15th-seeded Aslan Karatsev.

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Photo credits: Richard Kessler/Citi Open
5) Star-studded double field: The top places in the doubles draw in Washington are Rajeev Ram and Horacio Zeballos, who will play together for the second time after losing in the first round at Roland Garros in 2015. The field is full of talent, with unseeded teams including late 2019 No. 1 Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah, End of Year 2016 No. 1 Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares, Nick Kyrgios/Jack Sock and Nicolas Mahut/Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The second seed, Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, have won five titles together this year and lead the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN LOS CABOS
1) Medvedev back in action: World No. 1 Medvedev will compete in Mallorca for the first time since June when he goes to court in Los Cabos, where he will make his debut. The 26-year-old will aim to take his first TBEN title of the season after already reaching three finals, including one at the Australian Open. Medvedev will be happy to be back on hard court, having won 12 of his 13 tour-level trophies. He opens his tournament in Mexico against wildcard Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez or a qualifier.

2) Felix seeded second: Medvedev is not the only Top 10 player in the draw as Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime is seeded second. Another debutant, Auger-Aliassime, will try to lose a three-game run when he faces Australian John Millman or Mexican wildcard Alex Hernandez in the second round. The 21-year-old has shown great consistency this year, reaching nine quarter-finals and helping his country to the ATP Cup trophy in January.

3) Norrie defending champion: Cameron Norrie has taken the TBEN by storm this past year and it all started in Los Cabos. In 2021, the British lefty started his week on the ATP 250 with no title to his name. After winning the trophy, he claimed an ATP Masters 1000 crown in Indian Wells, competed in the Nitto ATP Finals, broke the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP rankings in April and reached his first major semifinal on Wimbledon. Norrie returns to Los Cabos to defend his title as third seed. He will play #NextGenATP Chun-hsin Tseng or any second round qualifier.

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Photo credits: Abierto Los Cabos
4) Nakashima Rises: #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima reached his first tour-level championship match in Los Cabos last year and will try to secure his first title at the same event this week. The 20-year-old, who turns 21 on Wednesday, is eighth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan and is looking to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals for the second consecutive year. Nakashima, the sixth seed in Los Cabos, plays a qualifier in the first round.

5) Wimbledon Champs Headline Doubles Field: Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell headed Los Cabos’ doubles in their second tournament together since winning Wimbledon. The second seed will try to come back after a quarterfinal loss in Atlanta against compatriots Jason Kubler and John Peers. The front-runners in Los Cabos are Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni, who have earned four TBEN titles together in the past 10 months.