Djokovic defeated Mayer (3-0 H2H) last year in the quarter finals after the draw opened up due to the early exit of Tomas Berdych. It was fairly straightforward 6-4 6-1 6-4 victory for the World No.1 but Mayer is far from poor on the grass and could make a match of it if Djokovic is off his game. Nadal’s shock defeat should serve as a reminder for what could happen if he performs poorly. With the other favourites in the draw, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, making very light work of their opponent it also gives Djokovic a chance to make a similar statement but against a tougher opponent than the former had faced.
The 2010 finalist has been struggling for consistency at slams with his Round 1 exit at the French Open making it two in the past four tournaments after Berdych lost against Ernests Gulbis on the opening day of Wimbledon last year. Martin Klizan isn’t quite at the level of Gael Monfils and Ernests Gulbis but still not an opponent to be taken lightly. Berdych made the quarter finals of Queens losing to eventual finalist Marin Cilic while Klizan picked up a handy victory over Viktor Troicki at Eastbourne. The two have met once before although the Berdych victory in a clay challenger in 2009 should be no reflection of any potential result here.
Bernard Tomic burst onto the scene with a quarter final in 2011 but has struggled to live up to the expectations brought on by that run. The clay season was once again not to kind to Tomic but he has found some kind of form on the grass, making the quarter finals of Eastbourne with his win over Julien Benneteau fairly impressive. Meanwhile Querrey struggled in victory against an inexperienced grass courter in Aljaz Bedene before being dumped out of Queens by Lleyton Hewitt. It will not be the first time the two have met at a slam – Tomic defeated Querrey in four at the Australian Open in 2012.
Chardy’s year has been up and down, beginning with an Australian Open quarter final but struggled for form from thereon until returning to the European clay. Chardy made the quarter final of ‘S-hertogenbosch with wins over Marius Copil and Lucas Pouille but lost in straights to the first difficult opponent in Stanislas Wawrinka. Harrison hopes to make it 2-0 against Chardy (last meeting 2011 Indian Wells) with victory on Tuesday afternoon. The American made two grass court semi finals last year (Newport, Eastbourne) but saw his Wimbledon run cut short by Novak Djokovic.
David Ferrer should make light work of Argentinian Martin Alund while Juan Martin Del Potro should ensure that Spain and Argentina split the honours by defeating Albert Ramos. Feliciano Lopez takes on Gilles Simon in a rematch of the weekends Eastbourne final although the conditions should be far kinder to the players this time round. If you’re looking for a marathon match, Ivan Dodig taking on Philipp Kohlschreiber stands out, likewise Michael Llodra – Jarkko Nieminen. Veterans Tommy Haas and Dmitry Tursunov face up second on Court 2.
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