Following his recent elimination at Roland Garros after dropping out as a precaution, Roger Federer will continue to compete. And he will do it on the ATP 500 in Halle where he was received with honors, giant cake through, but where he will have a tough job if he wants to lift the 11th crown in the tournament.
The contest begins this Monday and in the first round, the Swiss must face a player from the Qualy. Then, if he manages to pass that phase, Felix Auger-Aliassime could appear in second (at least a finalist in Stuttgart) and in the quarterfinals none other than Daniil Medvedev, first seed.
The Russian, with a good performance in Paris (against all odds) will not have it better against Jan-Lennard Struff at the start.
The second favorite is Stefanos Tsitsipas but, with the end of Roland Garros behind him, he does not promise participation on the German turf. He would debut with another player in the classification. In addition, in 100% clashes between compatriots, Alexander Zverev (semi-finalist in the French Grand Slam) plays with Dominik Koepfer and Andrey Rublev vs. Karen Khachanov.
Among the South Americans there will be an Argentine presence with Guido Pella (premieres with a Qualy).