After a rough 2-3 mark on the grass, the struggling Alexander Zverev returns to clay this week in Hamburg where he should have plenty of crowd support.
The second-seeded German star will be joined by top seed Dominic Thiem, No. 3 Fabio Fognini and defending champion Nikolaz Basilashvili.
Zverev will meet newly-crowned Bastad winner Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean beat Zverev in Barcelone before Zverev got revenge in a tight Geneva final.
Thiem, who lost his only match on grass to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, will take on former Top 20 Pablo Cuevas.
Among the other first round matches to watch: Paire v Chardy, Ruud v Haase and Rublev v Garin.
Projected quarterfinals: Thiem-Garin, Fognini-Struff, Paire-Basilashvili, Djere-Zverev.
Last year, Basilashvili beat Leonardo Mayer for the title.
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Cuevas-Thiem is a respectable match!
July 22nd, 2019 at 12:55 pm