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ATP Hamburg Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev lead a packed field in Hamburg

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 21 Jul 2019
  • Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev lead a packed field at the Hamburg European Open
  • The Hamburg European Open is live from Hamburg from 22-28 July
Dominic Thiem

Top ten stars, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini lead a high quality field at the Hamburg European Open, live from Hamburg from 22-28 July.

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The ATP 500 tournament has again attracted some of the best clay-court players in the world, as the ATP Tour makes one final stop on the dirt before the season shifts fully to the North American hard courts.

Will “Prince of Clay”, Thiem add to his growing resume on the surface, or can Zverev inject some life into a slumbering season and claim his biggest title of the year. Thiem and Zverev will have face stiff competition in a packed field, with former champions, Fabio Fognini, Leonardo Mayer, Martin Klizan and Nikoloz Basilashvili, and young gun, Cristian Garin, among those hoping to leave the German city with the prestigious title.

We preview the Hamburg draw.

First Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Dominic Thiem (1) vs Cristian Garin (8) [H2H: 0-0]
After suffering a first-round exit at Wimbledon, Dominic Thiem returns to his more favoured clay this week, looking to add another title to his collection on the surface. Of Thiem’s 13 career titles, nine of them have been on clay- the latest being his success at the ATP 500 meet in Barcelona- where he beat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals- in April. Thiem went on to reach the final at Roland Garros (lost to Nadal), before crashing to Sam Querrey in the first round at Wimbledon. The top seed is back in Hamburg for the second straight year, as he attempts to better last year’s quarter final finish.

Thiem faces a tough start to his campaign as he takes on 2016 finalist, and clay-court specialist, Pablo Cuevas in the first round, before a possible second round date with either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Marton Fucsovics.

Should the Austrian reach the quarter finals, he is projected to meet Chilean, Cristian Garin, a two-time clay-court titlist on the ATP Tour this season. Garin has emerged as one of the finest young clay-court players in 2019, winning titles in Houston and Munich, and reaching the final in Sao Paolo. The young gun will hope to snap a four-match losing streak when he plays Andrey Rublev in the first round, while Casper Ruud and Robin Haase are potential second round opponents. If he passes those tests, he will likely meet Thiem in the last eight.

Predicted Quarter Final: Dominic Thiem vs Cristian Garin
Semi-Finalist: Dominic Thiem

Second Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Fabio Fognini (3) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (7) [H2H: 1-1]
Former champion, Fabio Fognini enters Hamburg under a bit of an injury cloud, having retired from his opening match in Umag last week. The Italian trailed compatriot, Stefano Travaglia 6-1 2-1 before calling it quits. Fognini is looking to add to his 2013 Hamburg success, when he beat Federico Delbonis in the final, while he also contested the championship match in 2015, losing to Rafael Nadal. Fognini has already enjoyed significant clay-court success this year, winning Monte Carlo for his maiden Masters 1000 title. He opens his Hamburg campaign against a qualifier, but he could run into two-time champion, Leonardo Mayer in the second round. Mayer has taken a particular liking to Hamburg, winning the title in 2014 and 2017, and finishing runner-up to Basilashvili last season. The Argentine opens against German wildcard, Rudolf Molleker.

Leading the other side of the second quarter is another German- the big-hitting Jan-Lennard Struff, who is looking to continue a fine year that has already yielded semi-finals in Auckland and Stuttgart, quarter finals in Barcelona, and respectable fourth-round runs at Roland Garros and Indian Wells. Struff takes on a qualifier in the first round, and could meet either Pablo Carreno Busta or Yannick Hanfmann in the second round.

Predicted Quarter Final: Leonardo Mayer vs Jan-Lennard Struff
Semi-Finalist: Leonardo Mayer

Third Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Nikoloz Basilashvili (4) vs Benoit Paire (5) [H2H: Paire leads 3-0]
Defending champion, Nikoloz Basilashvili has not had the best results lately, as he has won just one of his last six matches, but the Georgian will hope a return to the site of last year’s superb title run will help him regain some form. Basilashvili has generally had an average year, making just the one semi-final in Lyon. The world No. 16 begins against a qualifier, while Umag semi-finalist, Salvatore Caruso and Juan Ignacio Londero (a finalist in Bastad), are potential second round opponents. 

If Basilashvili survives that tough second round, he is projected to meet fifth seed, Benoit Paire in the quarter finals. The enigmatic Paire boasts clay-court titles from Marrakech and Lyon this season, and he will be confident of coming through a section dominated by Frenchmen. Paire begins his campaign against Jeremy Chardy, while Richard Gasquet, who opens against a qualifier, is a potential second round opponent. 

Predicted Quarter Final: Juan Ignacio Londero vs Benoit Paire
Semi-Finalist: Juan Ignacio Londero

Fourth Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Alexander Zverev (2) vs Laslo Djere (6) [H2H: 0-0]
Alexander Zverev has had a troubled season, and his chances of improving his fortunes in Hamburg have not been helped by a very difficult first-round draw. The German is immediately thrust into some danger as he opens against Nicolas Jarry- who is fresh off claiming his maiden tour-level title in Bastad on Sunday.

Zverev and Jarry have already met twice this year, with both men splitting the matches. Jarry defeated Zverev in a final-set tie break in Barcelona, while Zverev returned the favour in the Geneva final, saving two match points before edging out the Chilean in a third-set breaker. This can absolutely go either way!

Whoever comes through that tough opener will play either former Roland Garros semi-finalist, Marco Cecchinato or Federico Delbonis- semi-finalist in Bastad last week- in the second round. 
Laslo Djere is the highest ranked player on the other side of this quarter, but the Serbian has got his work cut out with an opening match against compatriot, Filip Krajinovic, while former champion, Martin Klizan is a possible second-round opponent for the winner of that tie.

Predicted Quarter Final: Nicolas Jarry vs Laslo Djere
Semi-Finalist: Nicolas Jarry

Dominic Thiem vs Leonardo Mayer
Juan Ignacio Londero vs Nicolas Jarry

Dominic Thiem vs Nicolas Jarry

Dominic Thiem

The Hamburg European Open is live from Hamburg from 22-28 July.

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