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ATP Halle Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Roger Federer seeks ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 18 Jun 2017
  • ATP Gerry Weber Open is live from Halle from 19-25 June
  • Eight-time champion, Roger Federer is one of four top-ten players in a packed field
Roger Federer. (Photo by CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Eight-time champion, Roger Federer leads a star-studded field in Halle, with four of the world’s Top-10 players taking their place in the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event.

Federer is seeking some much-needed match practice ahead of Wimbledon after losing to Tommy Haas in Stuttgart last week in his first match in over two months. Following a superb hard court season, Federer skipped the clay court season to get some well-earned rest, but his return to the tour in Stuttgart did not go according to plan.

Can he get his grass court season properly underway in Halle this week?

First Quarter
Projected quarter-final: Roger Federer (1) vs. Lucas Pouille (6); Federer leads 1-0 on H2H
Federer has got a tricky draw in Halle. He should be too good for former Wimbledon quarter –finalist, Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round, but the great Swiss will be tested by serving-and-volleying German, Mischa Zverev in the second round. Zverev, who is coming off a semi-final in Stuttgart opens against qualifier, Lukas Lacko.

Should Federer get past Zverev, he will likely take on Stuttgart champion, Lucas Pouille in the quarter finals. Interestingly, Pouille begins against Jan-Lennard Struff in a repeat of his opening match in Stuttgart. Then, the Frenchman dramatically saved a match point before going on to claim the title.

In a strikingly similar draw to his Stuttgart title run, Pouille could take on Benoit Paire in the second round, having beaten his compatriot in the semi-finals last week. For that to happen, Paire must find a way past defending champion, Florian Mayer in the opening round of a very exciting quarter of the draw.

Predicted quarter-final: Roger Federer vs. Lucas Pouille

Second Quarter
Projected Quarter-Final: Kei Nishikori (3) vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (8); Nishikori leads 4-1 on H2H
Kei Nishikori has never quite cut it on grass, and his quest in Halle has not been helped by a difficult draw. The Japanese takes on the dangerous Fernando Verdasco in his opening round, before a possible second round meeting with the hard-hitting Russian youngster, Karen Khachanov, who is coming off a breakthrough quarter final appearance at the French Open. Khachanov must first get past Gilles Simon in the opening round.

If Nishikori survives all of that, he is projected to take on Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the quarter-finals, but the Spanish left-hander is not renowned for his work on grass, and could be taken down by s-Hertogenbosch finalist, Ivo Karlovic in the second round.

Predicted Quarter Final: Karen Khachanov vs. Ivo Karlovic

Third Quarter
Projected Quarter-Final: Alexander Zverev (4) vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut (7); Bautista-Agut leads 2-1 on H2H
2016 finalist, Alexander Zverev will be fairly happy with his draw, which has him opening against Italian veteran, Paolo Lorenzi, a man who does his best work on clay.

Zverev could take on compatriot, Philip Kohlschreiber in the second round, a wily veteran who knows his way around a grass court. Still, Zverev will fancy his chances of overpowering Kohlschreiber in a possible second round meeting.

The other side of the quarter is led by Roberto Bautista-Agut, who opens against Carlos Berlocq, but he could run into serious problems in the second round when he takes on entertaining home player, Dustin Brown or Canada’s big-serving former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Vasek Pospisil.

Predicted Quarter Final: Alexander Zverev vs. Vasek Pospisil

Fourth quarter
Predicted Quarter Final: Dominic Thiem (2) vs. Gael Monfils (5); Thiem leads 3-0 on H2H
After a successful campaign on clay, Dominic Thiem makes his first appearance on grass in Halle, where he starts against a qualifier. The Austrian, who picked up the Stuttgart title last season, could play the dangerous Robin Haase in the second round, provided Haase gets past David Ferrer in his opening round.

The other side of the quarter is packed with four players who have question marks around them for different reasons, but will all fancy their chances of making the last eight. Gael Monfils starts with an all-French battle with Richard Gasquet, with the winner advancing to take on either Tommy Haas (who of course stopped Federer in Stuttgart), or Bernard Tomic, who knows a thing or two about playing on grass.

Gasquet and Monfils have had their injury problems this season, and Tomic can be disinterested at times- all of that could play into the hands of 39-year-old Tommy Haas, who made a decent quarter final in Stuttgart last week.

Predicted Quarter Final: Dominic Thiem vs. Tommy Haas

The Gerry Weber Open in Halle holds from 19-25 June.

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