Grand Prix Hassan II, Marrakech, Morocco, ATP 250

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    DATE: 04 Apr 2016 - 10 Apr 2016
    SURFACE: CLAY
    PRIZE MONEY: €463,520
    FIELD SIZE: 28
    REIGNING CHAMPION:
    Martin Klizan

    Seeds:
    1 G. Garcia-Lopez
    2 J. Sousa
    3 B. Coric
    4 F. Delbonis
    5 T. Gabashvili
    6 A. Ramos-Vinolas
    7 P. Carreno Busta
    8 J. Vesely

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    Marrakech Night Market
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    About Marrakech

    Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca, Fes and Tangier. The strategy of Morocco is to develop the inland city as a tourism hotspot. Sport is playing a major role in this with Marrakech now hosting a WTA tournament to go with established World Touring Car Championship, Formula Two and Auto GP races.

    Marrakech comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls (the medina), bordered by modern neighborhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic centre and tourist destination.

    Marrakech has the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco, with some 18 souks selling wares ranging from traditional Berber carpets to modern consumer electronics. Crafts employ a significant percentage of the population, who primarily sell their products to tourists.



    Conditions

    Marrakech enjoys a hot dry climate with average temperature highs of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 60% humidity.

    The players

    The top seed for the ATP 250 event is perennial attendee and 38th ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The 32 year old Spanish veteran won the title in 2014 but did not enjoy a happy return last year when suffering a surprise first round exit at the hands of Moroccan based wildcard Lamine Ouahab in straight sets.

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    Guillermo García López 18
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    Garcia-Lopez will also face stern opposition from the second seed Joao Sousa, winner of the Valencia Open last year and a tough customer on the red dirt. Sousa has had a difficult start to the year winning only 3 times in 11 starts but expect him to fare better here on his preferred surface.

    Many eyes will be trained on rising youngster Borna Ćorić. The 19 year old Croatian is considered to be one of the future stars of the sport and already features heavily in the ATP's "Nextgen" campaign to market the younger players on the rise.

    Ćorić is regarded as an all-surface player but will be confident on clay having previously reached the semi-finals of the Junior French Open and making the 3rd round in his first senior Roland Garros campaign last year.

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    Borna Coric
    by Alex Uvarov, on Flickr

    2015 champion Martin Klizan is not returning to defend his title.
     
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    Do hang around for the lovely "Blackbird" at the end.
     
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    ATP - Reigning champion Martin Klizan withdrew from the tournament due to an ongoing foot injury.
     
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    borna coric is soaking up the desert sun..and hopefully soaking up large quantities of win. :dance2:
     
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    Coric is playing Bolelli tomorrow, as well as Sousa - Bagnis.
     
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    Results Wire from Marrakech

    Daniel Gimeno-Traver bt Teymuraz Gabashvili 6/3 6/4
    Paul-Henri Mathieu bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7/5 6/3
    Pablo Carreno Busta bt Evgeny Donskoy 6/2 6/3
    Jiri Vesely bt Inigo Cervantes 6/1 6/3
    Nicolas Almagro bt Radu Albot 6/4 6/3
    Facundo Bagnis bt Lamine Ouahab 7/6 (2) 6/2
    Simone Bolelli bt Taro Daniel 7/5 6/4
    Thiemo De Bakker bt Amine Ahouda 7/5 7/6 (2)
    Maximo Gonzalez bt Daniel Munoz De La Nava 6/1 6/4
    Denis Istomin bt Lorenzo Giustino 7/6 (1) 6/4
    Nikola Mektic bt Reda El Amrani 7/5 6/3
    Albert Montanes bt Franko Skugor 6/4 6/4
     
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    Round of 16

    Facundo Bagnis bt Joao Sousa 6/2 6/4
    Albert Montanes bt Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6/4 6/4

    Sousa (second seed) goes out rather tamely.
     
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    borna coric "won".
     
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    Bolelli withdrawal?
     
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    seemingly, coric got a walkover.
     
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    Here is the highlights video

     
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    Yes, here are the lowlights (from Sousa's point of view)

     
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    On paper, GGLopez v. Almagro might have been the toughest match available in the tournament. Tough 2nd round, and good job by GGL. I'll be interest to see GGL v Coric, if they get there. The top half looks the more likely to hold the trophy. I'd wager either Carreño Busta or Bagnis gets out of that half to the final.
     
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