By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori, Alexander Zverev
- Defending Champion: Florian Mayer
HALLE, GERMANY – After a surprising opening defeat for Roger Federer in Stuttgart, he returns to try and claim a ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open.
Gerry Weber Open Halle Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|Q-Singles / Q-Doubles|
 Roger Federer
The year has been full of surprises where Federer is concerned. First after an extended break after injury, he came back to not only win the Australian Open but also did the ‘Sunshine Double’ in Indian Wells and Miami before skipping the entire clay court season.
All eyes gazed Stuttgart-wards for his triumphant return to grass – only for him to be bounced out by a fellow tour veteran Tommy Haas. Back on safer ground in Halle, his draw is no picnic. The Serve and Volley tactics of Mischa Zverev await him most likely in the second round, and defending champion Florian Mayer also lurks in his bracket.
 Dominic Thiem
Thiem arrives with some solid clay court wins under his belt, and he has done well in the warm-ups before Wimbledon. Last year he won in Stuttgart (which is gave a miss this year) and reached the semi-final in Halle, losing to eventual champion Mayer.
However that form has not translated well when it comes to playing at Wimbledon, never having advanced past the second round in the three years he has played.
 Kei Nishikori
Two finals might not sound like a rough season but once again it seems that Nishikori’s body fails to cash the big cheques he signs. He struggled with his wrist in the clay court season, but still made the quarter-finals.
He has long eschewed Queen’s club for warming up in Halle, since 2013 and has been rewarded with a couple of semi-finals (2014, 2015) but only managed a couple of rounds last year and will be looking to do a lot better. He starts against Fernando Verdasco, which of course gave us a bit of a topsy-turvy match at the French Open. He should at least get as far as the quarter-finals and is set to clash with Federer in the semi-finals.
 Alexander Zverev
After his very disappointing first round loss in Roland Garros after the high of winning his first Masters 1000 title in Rome, Zverev seems to have steadied the ship with a run to the semi-finals in Den Bosch.
Halle has not been bad for the young German – after all he knocked out Federer in last year’s semi-final before losing to the returning Mayer from injury.
The Gerry Weber Open takes place between 19-25 June – (BST +1 hour).
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