Only three former champions are here at Queens Club. Defending champion Marin Cilic who has had a rough season is in the draw as is 2017 winner Feliciano Lopez and 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov. Former finalist Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic who have been hit by injury this year are also back in action.
Top seed. First time in his career that Stefanos has been a top seed at an ATP 500 event. There is big pressure on. He is always so vocal and inspirational on social media but after his early loss in Rosmalen will be hoping to put some of that into his game. This is big pressure being the top seed and against the highest ranked Brit in the tournament Kyle Edmund it will be a tough opener. I like Tsitsipas a lot but I don’t think he will be winner here.
Defending champion. He is lacking badly with confidence and conviction in his game right now. 9 wins and 8 defeats so far this season it hasn’t gone to plan. In Paris he had a must win match against Dimitrov and for me didn’t patrol the baseline entirely well at all. A big ask and for me an ask too far.
It’s good to see Kevin back. He’s work tirelessly hard over the years but injuries have been super cruel to him lately.
He hasn’t played since Miami so I’m unsure what to expect. Returning on the grass completely suits his game but I’m not expecting trees to be pulled up. Time is what Kevin needs and I expect him in Eastbourne to so he can get some match play under his belt and have his game ready.
No one is talking about Stan but I really wouldn’t be surprised to see him walk away from here with the title. He really impressed in Paris and has shown he can still battle at the top. He is the player here with the most experience on the tour. Grass however is his least favourite surface and he has never won a title on it but was finalist in Rosmalen 6 years ago and could cause some problems here.
Juan Martin Del Potro
It is only his fifth tournament of the year. His level in Rome and Paris was very good barring in mind he’s only played a couple of matches so far. I think Del Potro can be one to watch on the grass. He has history at Wimbledon and could he be the first Argentine to win in Queens? I wouldn’t rule it out.
Like I said former champions Dimitrov and Lopez are also in the singles draw but I cannot see a path at the moment with the greatest of respect for both players where I can see them walking away with the trophy once again.