With six-time champion Novak Djokovic over in Tokyo, there very likely will be a new champion crowed in Beijing this week.
The field is strong with five players in the Top 10 plus lone former champion Andy Murray who continues his comeback.
The Scot who won Beijing in 2016 over Grigor Dimitrov, opens against US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. Murray played last week in Zhuhai but fell in the second round to eventual champion Alex De Minaur.
“My body held up well after two pretty long matches but the rest of my body is just tired,” Murray said last week after the loss to the Australian.
“I wasn’t able to sustain it for long enough. I played one or two good points, but then I was trying to finish the points a little bit early and shot selection goes down when you’re tired.”
Top seed Dominic Thiem will try to find the mark against Richard Gasquet in his opener. After his heroics last Sunday at the Laver Cup, No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev takes on American wildcard Frances Tiafoe. Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Dusan Lajovic.
Gael Monfils meets John Isner and Dimitrov duels Andrey Rublev.
Last year, Nikolaz Basilashvili stunned the field beating Juan Martin del Potro in the final.
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