Some of the top tennis players in the world will continue their clay-court season by attempting to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest, Romania.
Lukas Rosol will look to defend his title after winning his first career event a year ago. After winning the 2013 tournament with a straight-sets victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, he was proud of his effort, via ATPWorldTour.com:
It could not be better this week. I came here from a full two weeks of practice. I didn't know what to expect of myself. So I’m pretty satisfied with this result… I will remember this week. It was very emotional for me and is something special. I found a way to beat some good players and succeed.
He will try to take home another title, but he enters the tournament unseeded thanks to an inconsistent start to the 2014 season. It will truly be an uphill battle to get through a difficult draw to the finals.
Also looking to make an impact in this tournament is Grigor Dimitrov. The 22-year-old phenom is the No. 1 seed for the first time in his career, and he is hoping to make it count.
Dimitrov has climbed to No. 16 in the world rankings thanks to a win at Acapulco and a quarterfinals appearance at the Australian Open. He has the talent and the confidence necessary to pull out another tournament win at this event.
Mikhail Youzhny, Gael Monfils, Vasek Pospisil and others are certain to create a challenge as well, but the name to really look out for is Gilles Simon. The No. 4 seed in the tournament has won this event three times in his career in 2007, 2008 and 2012.
The French veteran knows what it takes to be successful on this stage and will not go down without a fight.
All of these competitors will hope to get 250 points and their share of €426,605 for a win while also gaining valuable experience heading into Roland Garros. This is certain to create an exciting tournament, so follow along for daily updates at Bucharest.