Top 10ers Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils headline the Aegon Championships this week at the Queen’s Club, where the four-time champ Roddick takes the favorites position after the withdrawal of defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Nadal withdrew from the event following his exit at Roland Garros, hampered by a knee injury.
Other Top 8 seeded players are Marin Cilic, James Blake, Marat Safin and Mardy Fish.
The seeds receive byes, with potential second-round matches including Murray vs. American Robby Ginepri, Fish vs. the net-charging Frenchman Michael Llodra, Blake vs. Ivan Ljubicic, and Cilic vs. Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
Rounding out the seeds are Ivo Karlovic, Feliciano Lopez, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Jeremy Chardy, Ernests Gulbis, Mikhail Youzhny, four-time Queen’s champ Lleyton Hewitt, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
“It was more or less just a couple of shots that decided the match,” said Novak Djokovic after losing to Nadal 7-6, 7-5 in last year’s final. “I think it could go either way. If I won the first set, I was serving for second set, had many chances. So we are pretty close. You know, on grass we are much closer than on clay.”
Djokovic this week plays at the ATP stop in Halle.
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