PREVIEW | ATP Chengdu Open featuring Zverev, Musetti, Dimitrov, and Evans

The Chengdu Open is due to take place from September 19-26. Here is our preview of the ATP 250 event taking place in China this week.

Alexander Zverev, Lorenzo Musetti, Grigor Dimitrov, and Dan Evans will head up the players vying for the title at the tournament held at the Sichuan International Tennis Center in the city of Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province.

This will be the fifth edition of the tournament and the first since 2019 after strict COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult to compete in China during the pandemic.

Top 4 seeds looking for success after US Open

The top 4 seeds will be looking for deep runs here after varying levels of success at the US Open earlier this month. Second seed and World No. 18 Lorenzo Musetti will be hoping for redemption after he was ousted from the New York major in the opening round, losing to Titouan Droguet in five sets.

Meanwhile, Dimitrov and Evans will be aiming to improve upon their third-round finishes at Flushing Meadows. The Bulgarian player will also be able to take confidence from reaching the final of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Frankfurt this week.

Zverev will be hoping to capitalize on his deep run at the US Open where he reached the quarter-finals. This saw him re-enter the top 10 in the ATP Ranking and no doubt he'll be wanting to solidify his place there.

All four players have a bye into the Round of 16, meaning their first opponents are not yet known - Musetti will face either Portugal's Nuno Borges or a qualifier, Dimitrov is likely to take on Miomir Kecmanovic, and Evans will face the winner of the first-round clash between Brandon Nakashima and Roman Safiullin. Zverev will be preparing to face either Daniel Elahi Galan or a qualifier.

Later in the tournament, Zverev could find himself facing Dimitrov. The German player currently leads their head-to-head 6-1, having won every one of their meetings since 2016. Meanwhile, Evans is likely to clash with Musetti. The Italian has a 3-0 lead over the Brit in their head-to-head, with their last match being in the Round of 64 at the 2023 Cincinnati Open.

Pick of other matches

Fifth seed Alexander Bublik will take on Marcos Giron in their Round of 32 match. The American leads their head-to-head 2-1, having won their most recent meeting at the 2023 Geneva Open. However, the Kazakhstani player won their only match against each other on hard courts at the 2021 Cincinnati Masters.

Meanwhile, sixth seed Max Purcell will play against his compatriot Jordan Thompson. The World No. 43 has a 2-0 lead in their head-to-head, having defeated Thompson at this year's Roland Garros and the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.

Eighth seed Aleksandar Vukic will kick off the Round of 32, taking on Japan's Taro Daniel. The World No. 50 and No. 95 have never faced each other before, so it will be interesting to see how their abilities match up.

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