Although the top four players refuse to look beyond the early rounds of the tournament we take a look at the potential match ups that might occur down the road. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are drawn in the same half of the draw with Stan Wawrinka. Both Stan and Rafa will be in contention to overthrow Andy Murray from the top spot in the ATP singles rankings, depending on how far they progress in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament.
Novak Djokovic is in the bottom half of the draw with Roger Federer, who returns after a long break. Milos Raonic also lurks as a potential threat having recruited a new coach in his team.
Andy Murray will face Alexander Bublik in his first round and could face either Nick Kyrgios or Lucas Pouille in his fourth round. He could face Stan the man or Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in his quarterfinal match.
Rafa after a strong season so far will look to regain the world no.1 title by performing well this month. He will face John Millman in his first round and could face the big serving Ivo Karlovic in his fourth round. Marin Cilic, who opens his draw against Philipp Kohlschreiber, could be his opponent in the quarters.
Djokovic will look to put his shaky first half of the season behind his back and will hope that he can go on and capture his fourth title here. He faces Martin Klizan, a stern test, in his first round. Juan Martin Del Potro, who is on a comeback trail, could meet him in the third round. The nineteenth seed Feliciano Lopez could be his potential opponent in the quarters.
Federer, who is seeded third in the tournament, is the favorite this year to win the trophy. He starts his campaign against the unorthodox Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov. Mischa Zverev, who stunned Andy Murray early this year, could be a potential third round opponent. A mouthwatering fourth round encounter could be against Dimitrov. Rising star Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic are also in the same half of the draw.
Dominic Thiem is placed in Novak’s half of the draw and so is the big hitting Tomas Berdych and the Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Gasquet has the veteran David Ferrer in his path, who will look to improve this season’s record.
The draw is set , and the players are ready, and at the half-way point of the year, this tournament could very well decide the rankings for the year end.