The Mallorca Championships will be held for the first time next week. The organizers of the Spanish tournament were forced to cancel the event in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that virtually stopped the grass season. Mallorca will thus return to host an ATP tournament from 2002; the last time it was played on clay. The number one seed will be Daniil Medvedev, who will try to redeem the bad defeat suffered in the first round of the Halle tournament against Jan-Lennard Struff. The Russian, who can take advantage of a bye and start directly from the round of 16, will challenge in the first round one between Lloyd Harris and Corentin Moutet; both are able to express excellent tennis on this surface. Casper Ruud, Pablo Carreno Busta and Dusan Lajovic were also included at the top of the board. The Norwegian will have to adapt his game to the surface most adverse to him and in the first round he will face one of the most intelligent and insidious opponents of the circuit, namely the French Gilles Simon. The Spaniard, on the other hand, will find the winner of the match between Jiri Vesely, an excellent servant, and the blue Salvatore Caruso. The Italian tennis player comes from six consecutive defeats, five of which matured in the first round. The top seeds in the lower part will be Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut, Ugo Humbert and Karen Khachanov. Thiem wants to raise his head and be great again. The Austrian was not lucky and in the round of 16 he could meet Jan-Lennard Struff, an opponent never to be underestimated on grass. Even in the quarter-finals, Thiem will find a dangerous obstacle on the other side of the net, because in his side are Feliciano Lopez and Khachanov. A tough draw also for Humbert, who won the ATP 500 tournament in Halle this week by beating Andrey Rublev in two sets. The Frenchman will face Miomir Kecmanovic on his debut and could then face Sam Querrey in the round of 16. Bautista Agut, inserted in the same quarter as Humbert, will finally challenge one between Stefano Travaglia and Guido Pella. Novak Djokovic will take the field in Mallorca. The Serbian champion decided to participate in the doubles tournament to adapt to the new surface and prepare himself in the best possible way from a physical point of view in a Wimbledon key. The recent Roland Garros triumph was Novak Djokovic’s 19th Slam overall, moving him to just one Slam behind record-holders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Jurgen Melzer on the potential Next Gen takeover
Jurgen Melzer believes it is only a matter of time before the Serb becomes the sole owner of the Grand Slam record. “It has been said for many years that the transfer is imminent and in the end it is only the three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) who win the title,” Melzer said. “They are just still better than the others. Tsitsipas is already knocking very hard,” he added. “With him, I also have the feeling that he has the confidence to do so and that he can leave the field as the winner in the important matches. Nevertheless, at the moment I don’t see anyone else who could top the world rankings than Novak Djokovic.”