QUITO, ECUADOR – The tournament marks the start of the ‘Golden Swing’ on the clay in the spring and two-time defending champion Victor Estrella Burgos tries to make it three times in a row since the 2015 inaugural edition.
The years keep ticking on for the big man and he keeps going. He had a respectable start to the year with the quarter-final in Doha, but met his match in the third round of the Australian Open at the hands of David Goffin.
He is making his debut at Quito this year on what is probably his worst surface for his big serve. He may well meet the defending champion Victor Estrella Burgosfor his opener.
Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas returns to the clay – a favoured surface for him, and this tournament was kind to him at the start of the Golden Swing. In fact this was his best result in the spring-time clay court swing.
He has a qualifier heavy bracket and should be good to at least equal his semi-final run at his debut here last year.
Another one who has a stronger clay court record over all else, Lorenzi has been a fixture here since it launched two years ago, and has progressed each time. First time he made the quarter-finals, and last year he was a semi-finalist, although he could be headed for a clash with Alexandr Dolgopolov at the quarter-finals.
The Brazilian also must be looking forward to a return to the dirt, and the Latin American clay court swing started well for him here last year, albeit losing to Estrella Burgos in the final. He was a semi-finalist in its first edition, and given a pretty dismal start to the year with first round exits in Sydney and Melbourne, he will be looking to get some wins in.
The Ecuador Open takes place between 6-12 February.
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