Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev will lead the field at this year's Noventi Open, an ATP 500 grass-court event from June 14-20. Four Top 10 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings are signed up to participate. Federer is a 10-time champion at the event, where he has posted a 68-7 record and reached at least the semi-finals in his last 15 appearances.
Medvedev, the world No. 2, will make his debut in the tournament. Alexander Zverev will attempt to triumph at home in his sixth appearance in the tournament. The 24-year-old played back-to-back championship matches in Halle in 2016 and 2017, losing to Florian Mayer and Federer, respectively Andrey Rublev is the fourth Top 10 player on the field, and will compete in the main draw for the second time after reaching the quarterfinals of 2017.
Other players to watch include Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime, Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz, Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori. A German has won four of the last 11 editions of the event.
In addition to Zverev, local favorites Dominik Koepfer and Jan-Lennard Struff have also entered. Other participants will be the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, the Chilean Cristian Garín and the Argentine Guido Pella.
Halle is one of the most important and traditional tournaments in preparation for Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year. A tournament that has traditionally opened the grass season and that has Federer's great attraction and maximum champion of him, since the Swiss will seek his a tenth title in the German event.
Stricker on Roger Federer
Teenage prodigy Dominic Stricker has acknowledged the role of his countryman and idol Roger Federer in his recent improvement. Stricker disclosed how Federer asked him to work extensively on his serve, and also claimed that he is trying to get close to the level of Federer and the other top players.
"He (Roger Federer) told me some stuff, like how the serve is important and it’s the only shot in tennis that you can do by yourself," Stricker said. "You can’t learn it too much, so I just worked really hard on this shot.
It’s getting better and I'm winning many points on serve. For sure that helps me to see how good he is and just to see that I’m actually close to his level – maybe not at his level, but I’m just trying to get there," Stricker said. "It helps me to see it. I'm getting better and trying to get to this level where these guys are."