ATP Marseille preview and predictions: Tsitsipas goes for hat-trick
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The European indoor hard-court swing continues with the Open 13 Provence in Marseille. Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will look for his third title in a row, becoming the first player in tournament history to win three in a row should he claim this year's tournament.

First quarter

Projected Q/F: (1) Daniil Medvedev vs (5) Jannik Sinner

Top seed Daniil Medvedev is coming off of an early exit in Rotterdam and looks to rebound here. After a first round bye, he faces the winner of the match between Yannick Hanfmann and Egor Gerasimov.

Sinner looks to rebound after injury struck him in Miontpellier/Photo: Open Sud de France

Jannik Sinner picked up a back injury in Montpellier and took last week off. Healthy again, the rising Italian star begins the tournament against Frenchman Gregoire Barrere while Dennis Novak faces wild card Hugo Gaston in other match in this section.

Prediction: Sinner def. Medvedev

Second quarter

Projected Q/F: (3) Karen Khachanov vs (8) Yoshihito Nishioka

Third seed Karen Khachanov nearly knocked off Tsitsipas in Rotterdam and he will enjoy a first-round bye while awaiting the winner of the match between Stefano Travaglia and Mackenzie McDonald, still working his way back from injury.

Khachanov is a former Open 13 champion, having won the title in 2018/Photo: Henk Seppen.BSR Agency/Getty Images

Yoshihito Nishioka grabbed the final seed in this tournament and he looks to have a favorable draw, first facing Emil Ruusuvuori before likely playing either Benjamin Bonzi or qualifier Matthew Ebden. The Japanese could be around in the later stages of the event.

Prediction: Khachanov def. Nishioka

Third quarter

Projected Q/F: (7) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs (4) Ugo Humbert

One of the more intriguing storylines of the tournament was Petros Tsitsipas receiving a main draw wild card ranked 967th. Brother of Stefanos, he makes his ATP World Tour singles debut against seventh seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. 2019 finalist Mikhail Kukushkin plays qualifier Arthur Rinderknech in the other match.

Humbert hits a backhand in Rotterdam/Photo: Henk Seppen/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Fourth seed Ugo Humbert blew match points in his first-round loss in Rotterdam and he has a tough draw here. After a first-round bye, he faces the winner of the match between three-time champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Feliciano Lopez.

Prediction: Humbert def. Kukushkin

Fourth quarter

Projected Q/F: (6) Kei Nishikori vs (2) Stefanos Tsitsipas

There were encouraging signs for Kei Nishikori as he reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam as he continues to work his way back on tour. Facing serve-and-volley specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round, Cameron Norrie or qualifier Constant Lestienne await in round two.

Nishikori could go very far in Marseille/Photo; Dean Mohtaropoulos/Getty Images

Tsitsipas was overpowered by Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam last week and he'll have time to work his way into the tournament here with a first-round bye. Two-time finalist Lucas Pouille or qualifier Alex Molcan are his second-round opponent.

Prediction: Nishikori def. Tsitsipas

Semifinals

Khachanov def. Sinner

Nishikori def. Humbert

Final

Khachanov def. Nishikori

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