Watch List: Bouchard faces challenge in Portugal; Haas defending BMW crown
The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. The big names are taking a breather this week as they prepare for the meat of the clay season, beginning in Madrid next week. That means there's nothing but opportunity for the likes of Tomas Berdych, Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic, who are competing at the tours' smaller events.
Tomas Berdych took a late wild card into the ATP 250 in Oeiras, Portugal, after defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka withdrew. He's the top seed, with Milos Raonic, Marcel Granollers and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez rounding out the top four. Berdych is looking for his third career clay title and first since 2009. Raonic will try to join last week's champions, Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov, as first-time clay winners.
As for the women, No. 2 seed Eugenie Bouchard was a late addition as she continues to look for her first WTA title. Her draw is a difficult one, opening against Alisa Kleybanova, who made the quarterfinals in Stuttgart last week, and she could face Svetlana Kuznetsova as well. Last year's finalist, Carla Suarez Navarro, is the top seed, but she's coming off a retirement in Stuttgart due to a wrist injury. That could open up the top half of the draw, which includes Lucie Safarova -- who seems due for a big win after coming so close so many times this season -- as well as Sam Stosur and the always talented but unpredictable Kaia Kanepi.
Fabio Fognini is the top seed, and No. 2 seed and defending champion Tommy Haas is playing his first event since Indian Wells. Mikhail Youzhny and Gael Monfils round out the top four. Beyond that, look for Philipp Kohlschreiber to make another run on home soil. The No. 26 is a two-time champion in Munich and made the final last year. A potential old-school derby looms in the quarterfinals between Haas and Lleyton Hewitt. As for the first-round match to watch, Ivo Karlovic's big serve vs. Dustin Brown's flair could be interesting.