Many people may have penciled Roger Federer, the number one seed into the final even before the men’s draw came out; however, Dusan Lajovic is not a pushover and could pose a threat as a first round opponent. That being said, Federer has the easier half of the draw. Although, Borna Coric the sixteenth seed, who recently defeated him is in his quarter; Federer will no doubt be ready to exact his revenge if they should meet. Federer’s biggest threat may come from the third seed, Marin Cilic; however, there are quite a few opponents who may have their own ideas of spoiling that party.
The bottom half of the draw is tougher. Although Rafael Nadal is currently the number one ranked player, he was seeded second because of his recent poor showing at Wimbledon. Unfortunately for Nadal, he will have to work right from the start if he wants to go deep in the draw this year and still his chances are not that great. There are just too many skilled grass-court players with big serves in his path (Nick Kyrgios, Feliciano López and Juan Martin Del Porto to name a few). However, Nadal can draw on his experience as a two-time champion here and if he can get some easy victories, that may be the impetus to propel him forward.
Keep an eye out for the fourth seed, Alexander Zverev; if he has recovered fully from his left thigh injury, he can be lethal on this surface. Grigor Dimitrov, the sixth seed, if he can get his head in the right place can do some damage on this surface; however, his confidence may be labile at the moment and his first round opponent is none other than Stan Wawrinka.
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