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ASB Classic delivers most exciting men’s field in history as two more seeds are added

by Julia Atkinson
ASB Classic delivers most exciting men’s field in history as two more seeds are added

The 2018 ASB Classic Men’s field is set to be the best line-up in the events history.  Five top 20 players, 5 former Champions and the most exciting group of Next Gen players have all confirmed to play in the January showpiece.

Spearheaded by defending champ and world number eight Jack Sock and tennis super star Juan Martin del Potro (11) the men’s draw will shape up like no other.  Former Champions John Isner (2010 and 2014), Roberto-Bautista Agut (2016) and David Ferrer (2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013) have already been announced and today two more seeds have been confirmed.  

Joining the former Champions will be third seed Sam Querrey (13).  The giant American has had his best year on tour winning two titles, reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the quarter-finals at the US Open.  He has recorded wins over Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and two against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  

This has been the best year in the 30-year old’s career and he’s hoping to continue that theme in 2018, starting with the ASB Classic. 

“Auckland’s always been one of my favourite tournaments, the crowds are some of the best all year, the facility is great, the atmosphere is fun, it always has a strong field so you know the players like it and for me it’s the perfect preparation for Australia.” 

Querrey reached the semi-final in 2013 and the final in 2009 but wants to go one better next year. 

“You always tend to like the places you do well and to make a final back in the day was exciting but I’d like to hold up the trophy there.” 

6th seed will be Pablo Cuevas (URU).  The world number 32 had a spectacular start to the season winning in Sao Paulo reaching quarter final’s at both Indian Wells and Monte Carlo, beating Stan Wawrinka and David Goffin, and reaching the semi-final in Madrid. 

However the excitement extends right throughout the draw.  Tennis wonderkid Denis Shapovalov (51) will lead the charge for the next wave of tomorrow’s stars.  The 18 year-old Canadian set the tennis world alight this year becoming the youngest person since Rafael Nadal to break in to the World’s top 50 and becoming the youngest player to reach a Masters 1000 semi-final beating Del Potro and Nadal en route.  

Four of the eight players to participate in the ATP Next Gen Final’s will play in Auckland including winner Hyeon Chung, finalist Andrey Rublev, Shapovalov and Karen Khachanov. 

“This is clearly the best field I have put together.  To have a field that is all within the world’s top 61 players, genuine Grand Slam contenders, nine years’ worth of champions and the most exciting next wave of players is an incredible result.  

It will be a strange feeling for Ferrer and Bautista not to have protection in the first round and along with the likes of Shapovalov and Rublev sets up some showstoppers on Monday and Tuesday” said Tournament Director, Karl Budge

It’s clearly the best men’s line up Auckland has hosted and it begs the question, will it be a former champion or new one that comes out on top.  

2018 ASB Classic Men’s Full Field

1)    Jack Sock (8)

2)    Juan Martin del Potro (11)

3)    Sam Querrey (13)

4)    John Isner (17)

5)    Roberto Bautista Agut (20)

6)    Pablo Cuevas (32)

7)    David Ferrer (37)

8)    Andrey Rublev (39)

9)    Yuichi Sugita (40)

10) Robin Haase (42)

11) Steve Johnson (44)

12) Karen Khachanov (45)

13) Ryan Harrison (47)

14) Kyle Edmund (50)

15) Denis Shapovalov (51)

16) Joao Sousa (57)

17) Hyeon Chung (58)

18) Peter Gojowczyk (60)

19) Donald Young (61)

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