Bastad, Umag, and Bogota previews and predictions

The Grandstand

The grass-court season has come to an end and now it’s back to clay—at least in part—until the two U.S. Open Series Masters 1000 events set the stage for the final Grand Slam of the year. This week’s action on the red stuff will take place in Umag and Bastad. Among those participating in one of the two tournaments are Gael Monfils, David Goffin, and Fernando Verdasco. Meanwhile, the hard-court swing (but not the U.S. Open Series) kicks off in Bogota. Ivo Karlovic and Bernard Tomic headline that field after experiencing contrasting fortunes in Newport.

Skistar Swedish Open

Where: Bastad, Sweden
Surface: Clay
Prize money: 439,405 Euros
Points: 250

Top seed: David Goffin
Defending champion: Pablo Cuevas

Draw analysis: This is the time of year when Goffin’s 25-match winning streak occurred in 2014—right after Wimbledon. So far, so good once again for the…

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