Roger Federer will try and improve on his 0-1 win-loss record on grass this year when he returns to his happy hunting grounds, the Gerry Weber Open where he has won eight career titles on the lawns, most recently in 2015.
He is joined by three others in the Top 10 along with three other former champions, including nemesis Tommy Haas who he wouldn’t face until the final. The Swiss lost to Haas in his opener last week at Stuttgart.
Here is a look at the field:
GERRY WEBER OPEN
HALLE, Germany; surface: grass
Seeds: Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori, Alexander Zverev, Gael Monfils, Lucas Pouille, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos Vinolas
Floaters: Mischa Zverev, Fernando Verdasco, Ivo Karlovic, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Haas, David Ferrer
Notes: Federer joined by three other Top 10ers in the field, including Thiem who will test his grasscourt acumen after a standout claycourt season…
Tough openers and early-rounders for (1) Federer second round vs. M.Zverev, (3) Nishikori vs. Verdasco, (8) Ramos-Vinolas second round vs. Dr. Ivo, (5) Monfils vs. Gasquet in an all-French (winner to face Haas), and (2) Thiem vs. Ferrer, who has a career grasscourt title to his credit, second round…
Wildcards went to Germans Dustin Brown and Haas, and Russian Andrey Rublev…
Last year Florian Mayer beat A.Zverev in the all-German final…
It is the 25th anniversary of the tournament…
Former champs in the field are Mayer (2016), Federer (2015-13,’08,’06-03), Haas (2012,’09), and Philipp Kohlschreiber (2011).
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