Whilst Roger was in action against Dominic Thiem the draw for the Gerry Weber Open 2016 took place and the Swiss will of course be in action trying to defend his title from last year. It's always been a good tournament for him so hopefully he can kick on from this week and go one, or even 2 better in North Rhine-Westphalia. You can check out his projected opponents below:
Federer's Projected Opponents
- Round 1: Jan-Lennard Struff
- Round 2: Malek Jaziri / Ricardas Berankis
- Quarter Finals: David Goffin
- Semi Finals: Tomas Berdych
- Finals: Kei Nishikori
Thoughts on the Draw
First up is the German Jan-Lennard Struff whom Roger has never played before. He could have faced him in his opening match in Halle in 2014 but instead got Sousa. Struff is in the Top 100 but has no wins against Top 10 opposition and it should be plain sailing for Fed.
Round 2 is either Jaziri or Berankis. Again neither player has much pedigree on grass and I can see Fed winning easily. Jaziri took a set off Fed in Dubai in 2013 but you can't really read much into it and Roger's first 2 matches are peRFect really to get some match practice and fitness in the bag.
The quarters is then seeded to be against Goffin who had a pretty decent French Open making the Quarters. He's a great mover / ball striker but has no power and on grass it's tough to get away with that. Kudla is also in that section and at Challenger level he's proved he can play on the surface so you can't rule him out.
For the semi finals Berdych is in Roger's half as are Dustin Brown, Troicki and Zverev. I could see any one of those guys coming through that section. Berdych of course has a Wimbledon final to his name but since 2010 he's only managed one Quarter Final at SW19 and isn't in great form. I'd like to see Brown come through as he's so good to watch whoever he plays so if you put him up against Fed it could be one to watch.
As for the final Nishikori is the top seed and he doesn't really have too many opponents in his half to really trouble him. Kohlschreiber has made the finals in Halle before so he's probably the biggest threat. Thiem is in there too (are there any tournaments he doesn't play???) along with Ferrer but he doesn't really factor on grass.
Expectations? I think Fed should make the final with this draw. What do you guys think?