By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut
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VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Andy Murray continues his bit to whittle away Novak Djokovic’s grip on the World No. 1 spot.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|Qualifying – Singles / Doubles|
 Andy Murray
The last time Murray dropped in at this event, it was part of his gruelling haul through the latter quarter of the calendar in a bid to make London. It was an important process for the Brit at the time. Coming in off his back surgery the year before, it had been hard for him to adjust and also he had to almost learn to win again, with Vienna sandwiched between wins in Shenzhen and Valencia.
There is a lot at stake here – with Djokovic not playing until Paris, a win here for Murray would cut his deficit to 1915 points with a number of Paris Masters scenarios to factor in. He has solid records against all set to meet him certainly to the quarter-finals where he may even face Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals, should the youngster enjoy another strong run,
 Tomas Berdych
It has been a strange year for the Czech. His working relationship with former Murray coach Dani Vallverdu stalled, and in a way he re-gained that sense of instinctive play that had been lacking from his game, but then he had to pull out of the US Open with appendicitis but his come-back has not been too bad, reaching the semi-final of St Petersburg and winning the Shenzhen title/ The rest of his Asian swing however came and went in a couple of first round exits.
He makes his return for the first time to Vienna since 2005, where he unhappily exited in the first round.
 Dominic Thiem
The home grown hero earns a seed into the main draw for the third time in his six previous appearances, having fallen in qualifying on his first time out in 2010, and having worked his way through at least one round until 2013, when he made it to the quarter-final.
However as his career has picked up, his fortunes have not at home for the last couple of years, bombing out in first round for the last two years. He faces fellow compatriot Gerard Melzer in his opener.
After his run to the Shanghai Masters final, the Spaniard has not really settled back into the swing of things in Moscow, crashing out in his opener to a Russian qualifier, and he has home crowd support to battle against as he faces Jurgen Melzer in the opener.
Melzer’s battles with injury and lack of consistency in the face of the metronomical Spaniard should see him advance at least a couple of rounds on his debut.
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