The tennis tournament Mercedes Cup is Stuttgart is already on the way. Some players like Mischa Zverev and Steve Johnson already won their first matches, beating Malek Jaziri and Maximillian Martererer. Other like Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Tomas Berdych and Viktor Troicki are having a rest in the first round, waiting to know the names of their opponents.
Roger Federer is seeded as №1 in the main draw. Being arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport, the Swiss Maestro have never won the Stuttgart Open in his career. But now he will have the chance to do it. Have in mind that until 2015 the Mercedes Cup was played on clay surface, which explains why it was not among the favourite venues of Federer. But now it’s being played on his favourite grass.
In his first match in Stuttgart, Federer is going to face someone between the veteran Tommy Haas and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
№2 in the main draw is another technical and gifted player – Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian is also looking for his first final in Stuttgart. In the second round Dimitrov will have to face either Jerzy Janowicz or Andrey Kuznetsov.
Another strong contender for the title is the best tennis player from the Czech Republic – Tomas Berdych. He’s №3 in the main draw and in his first match he will have to deal with Stephane Robert or Bernard Tomic.
In 2015 the Mercedes Cup was played for the first time on grass surface. But it was won by a clay specialist. Rafael Nadal won the tournament for a 3rd time in his career, beating Viktor Troicki in the final. Last year Dominic Thiem became champion after a three set win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Some really great tennis players have won the Stuttgart Open during the years. It’s enough to mention names like Roy Emerson, Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanišević. Can Roger Federer also do it for a first time in his legendary career?