Basel and Valencia previews and predictions

The Grandstand

This week could be better, such as if world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 2013 Basel champion Juan Martin Del Potro were in action. Still, this is about as good as it gets when it comes to a pair of 500-point tournaments. Rafael Nadal’s comeback from a wrist injury and perseverance through appendicitis will continue in Basel, which also has Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, and Grigor Dimitrov on board. In Valencia, meanwhile, World Tour Finals contenders David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, and Andy Murray lead the way.

Swiss Indoors Basel

Where: Basel, Switzerland
Surface: Indoor hard
Points: 500
Prize money: 1,458,610 Euros

Top seed: Roger Federer
2013 champion: Juan Martin Del Potro (not playing)

Draw analysis: The draw could not been set up better for Nadal. Perhaps likely to struggle in the early rounds since he has played only four matches since…

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