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ATP Queen's Club 2019 draw preview, predictions and tips - Wide open Fever-Tree Championships draw as Tsitsipas, del Potro, Cilic and more aim for the title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 16 Jun 2019
  • Draw preview, predictions and tips for the 2019 Fever-Tree Championships
  • Tsitsipas, Anderson, del Potro, Cilic and more headline the field
  • The 2019 Fever-Tree Championships is live from Queen's Club between June 17-23
Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka a returning Kevin Anderson and defending champion Marin Cilic headline the 2019 Fever-Tree Championships draw, live from London’s iconic Queen’s Club between June 17-23.

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With a lot of the top seeds at Queen’s Club either lacking match play or out of form, it’s shaping up to be an unpredictable Fever-Tree Championships as the lead-up to Wimbledon continues.


Throw in a bunch of dangerous unseeded players that have the potential to cause destruction to the draw, and we could be in for a fascinating week on the pristine lawns of Queen’s Club. Read on below as we break down the draw and predict who will emerge from each quarter!

First quarter

Projected quarter-final: Stefanos Tsitsipas (1) vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (8) - H2H: Auger-Aliassime leads 1-0

After losing to Nicolas Jarry in the opening round of s-Hertogenbosch to launch his grass swing, can Tsitsipas get some wins under his belt at Queen’s this week? The top seed and World No. 6 has a tough start as he comes up against home favourite Kyle Edmund, although grass isn’t the British No. 1’s best surface. If Tsitsipas survives that test, he will meet either Jeremy Chardy or Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round - two solid players but also opponents the Greek would expect to beat.

Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime is currently in the final of Stuttgart at the time of writing, and if the 18-year-old decides to back up and compete in Queen’s this week, he also has a tough opening round against 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian has been extremely poor in 2019, but grass is his best surface and he prove a tough opponent for Auger-Aliassime to overcome after a busy week in Stuttgart. Nick Kyrgios is also lurking in this section, facing Adrian Mannarino in the opening round. Kyrgios is of course capable of winning the whole tournament or losing to anyone in straight sets in the first round. Auger-Aliassime beat Tsitsipas in their only previous meeting at Indian Wells, but I’m not sure he will make it to the quarters after making the final in Stuttgart. If Kyrgios makes it to the quarters, he could easily win the tournament, but if not, Tsitsipas should be able to fight his way into the semis.

Predicted semi-finalist: Tsitsipas

Second quarter

Projected quarter-final: Juan Martin del Potro (3) vs Milos Raonic (6) - H2H: Del Potro leads 3-2

The two top seeds in this quarter come into the tournament under injury clouds. Del Potro managed to make the fourth round of Roland Garros before losing to Karen Khachanov, but he was favouring his troublesome right knee throughout the tournament, while Raonic just withdrew from the semi-finals of Stuttgart with a back injury. It opens the door for some unseeded players to take advantage, including former junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov, who faces del Potro in the first round and will be looking to repeat his famous 2017 win over the Argentine at the Canada Masters. Feliciano Lopez could be a possible second round opponent for the winner - the Spanish veteran has naturally declined over the last 12 months, but he’s a former champion at Queen’s (2017) and a runner-up in 2014 and remains extremely dangerous on grass with his serve-volley game.

Marco Cecchinato isn’t exactly a grass-court specialist, so it’s doubtful he will be able to take advantage of an injured Raonic in the first round (or his replacement), but Alex de Minaur is capable, despite the Australian struggling since his comeback from injury problems of his own. It’s a tough quarter to predict, but if del Potro and Raonic are dealing with injuries, Lopez could be the man to make it out.

Predicted semi-finalist: Lopez

Third quarter

Projected quarter-final: Daniil Medvedev (4) vs Marin Cilic (5) - H2H: Never played

Another section where the seeds are in danger of early eliminations. Cilic beat Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic back-to-back to win the title last year, but he’s been playing poorly all season and has dropped out of the top 10 - and could be heading out of the top 20 depending on how far he goes in his title defence this week. The Croatian has a tough test in the opening round against the rising Cristian Garin, who played well in s-Hertogenbosch last week, while Diego Schwartzman or a qualifier will be waiting for the winner of that match in the second round.

Medvedev meanwhile is currently on a five-match losing streak dating back to the Barcelona final in April, with the Russian losing his first grass match of the year last week in Stuttgart to Lucas Pouille. Medvedev also has a challenging first round against Fernando Verdasco, who is still a dangerous foe to top players. I’m tempted to back Medvedev to break his losing run and go on another deep run at a 500 event, but I also think Verdasco is capable of the upset and possibly going all the way to the semi-finals if Cilic continues his poor form.

Predicted semi-finalist: Verdasco

Fourth quarter

Projected quarter-final: Kevin Anderson (2) vs Stan Wawrinka (7) - H2H: Wawrinka leads 5-4

Dan Evans could potentially blow this quarter wide open if he can upset seventh seed Wawrinka in the opening round. Wawrinka is back playing some of the tennis that saw him win three majors before knee surgery, but grass has never been his best surface, while Evans’ crafty slice-and-dice game works well on the lawns. It could easily be the match of the tournament, with the winner to meet Frances Tiafoe or a qualifier in the second round. Wawrinka was impressive at the French Open, but opening matches on grass are always tough, as we saw for a lot of top players in Stuttgart and s-Hertogenbosch.

Meanwhile, Anderson is playing his first match in months as he returns from injury and missing the entire clay swing. Another Brit could take advantage as Cameron Norrie attempts to chop down the big-serving South African in the opening round, with savvy veteran Gilles Simon potentially waiting for the winner in the second round. I think the winner of Wawrinka and Evans makes the semi-finals in this quarter - and possibly the final as well.

Predicted semi-finalist: Evans

Semi-finals

Tsitsipas def. Lopez
Evans def. Verdasco

Final

Tsitsipas def. Evans

****

The 2019 Fever-Tree Championships is live from Queen’s Club between June 17-23.


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ATP Queen's Club 2019 draw preview, predictions and tips - Wide open Fever-Tree Championships draw as Tsitsipas, del Potro, Cilic and more aim for the title

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