Marcos will make his debut at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week as he starts his indoor campaign. He has been seeded fourth at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament and will receive a bye through the first round.
In the second round Marcos will face either Italian Potito Starace or Russian wild card Teymuraz Gabashvili. He is seeded to face seventh seed Sergiy Stakhovsky in the quarter-finals, although the Ukrainian would first need to beat countryman Alexandr Dolgopolov.
If all goes according to seeding, Marcos would face second seed and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-finals. World No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko heads up the 28-man field. Check out the full draw here : www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/438/mds.pdf
Marcos will open his Kremlin Cup campaign on Wednesday in Moscow when he faces Italian Potito Starace in the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament.
World No. 55 Starace defeated Russian wild card Teymuraz Gabashvili in three sets in his first-round match, while the fourth-seeded Marcos received a bye. It will be the first meeting between the pair.
The 29-year-old Starace has posted his best results this season on clay, finishing runner-up in Umag and reaching the semi-finals in Nice and Casablanca.
good that Marcos has to play Starace, and not Gaba, cuz pretty much all of the Italian players have been garbage for a couple of years. yet it depends on Marcos' emotional state whether Poto, normally the underdog on this surface, has the upper hand and beats him... the guy certainly has the potential to make his presence felt and frustrate Marcos, particularly if he changes things up with a couple of cute drop shots... hope Marcos has the answers.
from Poto's match against Nalbandian in Buenos Aires this year. David is so good in changing directions. that's clay, isn't it? well, Moscow isn't that fast after all.
Marcos, how about mind training? using, for instance, setbacks to help you focus better and being determined to make up for them instead of dwelling on them?... yes, this one is not a curiosity of the player-coach axis.
Marcos will face Alexandr Dolgopolov on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. For Marcos, it will be a chance to avenge the defeat he suffered to the up-and-coming Ukrainian in the Beijing first round two weeks ago.
World No. 56 Dolgopolov has earned his place in the last eight with wins over Russian qualifier Ilya Belyaev and seventh seed Sergiy Stakhovsky. The 21 year old is through to his first quarter-final since July, when he reached the last eight in Umag. His best result this season came in Eastbourne, when he advanced to the semi-finals.