The biggest hope for India in the singles competition was Somdev who won his first round match but faltered in the quarter finals against one of the favourites for the competition, Tomas Berdych. Hence, all hope of an Indian player progressing in the singles came to an end, as other players such as Amritraj and Bhambri had already lost in the competition in the first round itself.
In the doubles category, the pairing of Raven Klaasen and Nicholas Monroe, which defeated Bhupathi and Nestor, are the front runners for the title, along with the pairing of Stanislas Wawrinka and Benoit Paire. But Indian tennis fans would bank on Somdev and his partner, Sergiy Stakhovsky from Ukraine to pose a serious challenge in the competition, at the least, who are set to play their quarter-finals match today.
Whereas in the singles, the competition is going to be an interesting one with top ATP players such as Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Janko Tipsarevic and Marin Cilic eying their first ATP title in 2013. There is cut-throat competition in the singles.
The tournament, which started in 1996 has never seen an Indian win the singles competition. Somdev came closest to a title win in 2009, but lost the finals against Marin Cilic. The competition has always attracted some of the top players from the ATP circuit, as the past winners suggest. Thomas Enqvist, Patrick Rafter, Carlos Moya, Ivan Ljubicic, Marin Cilic, and Stanislas Wawrinka are some of the title holders. Cilic and Moya have won the title twice each.
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