The Austrian capital Vienna hosted the ATP tournament for the first time in 1974 and the Americans were the dominant force in the opening 10 events, winning 8 titles, including 4 for Brian Gottfried. Ivan Lendl, Michael Stich, Goran Ivanisevic, Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Tommy Haas, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray are among the winners of this prestige event, and we should get a new champion since Murray will not defend his crown. Alexander Zverev is the top seed and he will launch his campaign against Viktor Troicki, with the second round clash against Gilles Simon or Ernests Gulbis.
2011 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also in the top quarter, together with Karen Khachanov, Ricardas Berankis, and Damir Dzumhur, who will play against each other in the final of Moscow.
London contender Pablo Carreno Busta is the 4th seed and he hopes to earn some nice points here, facing the qualifier and Fabio Fognini or Diego Schwartzman before the quarters.
There, John Isner or Philipp Kohlschreiber should be his rival, and these two will play one of the best first round encounters. Grigor Dimitrov will come to Vienna after playing in the final of Stockholm, and his rivals for the place in the semis are David Ferrer, Kyle Edmund, Jan-Lennard Struff, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Sam Querrey, who is also in the chase for the place in London.
Home favorite Dominic Thiem bids to win this title for the first time but he will face a tricky first round challenge, drawing Andrey Rublev. Richard Gasquet or Feliciano Lopez wait for him in round 2 and probably Kevin Anderson in the quarters, who needs some good points here to stay in the battle for London.