The Dallas Challenger is the closest thing to a tour event you can have. It comes at the same time as the Indian Wells tournament. At this years tournament the average ranking is 103rd which is the best of any challenger tournament ever, while last years event was the second best (109th). The median ranking – 90 – was also the best ever. Again, last years tournament was the second best. Next. look at the 8th seed – Lukas Rosol – ranked 62nd in the world. No challenger has ever ever had a player with a ranking that low although Lukas Lacko, last years 8th seed was 69th. According to Heavy Topspin Blog the average Challenger has 1.71 top 100 players, there are 18 top 100 players in Dallas.
The top seed in the Dallas Challenger is Marcos Baghdatis (35th in the world) who retired in his opening round match to Igor Sijsling of Netherlands. Tennis Abstract picks the winner, out of the remaining quarter finalists as #5 seed Jurgen Meltzer. Tennis Abstract lists the probability for every player left in the draw. Meltzer comes in at a 22.8% chance of winning. Interesting enough, there are 3 qualifiers and 2 wild cards left out of the 8 quarter finalists.
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