ATP Queens Club: Aegon Championships preview

With the grass-court season underway, the next stop on the tour is the Aegon Championships in London. The field is headlined by Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic who are the top three seeds.

First Quarter

Andy Murray headlines this quarter as the number one seed  in a section filled with British and French players. The world number two has won this title on four occasions and looks to be the first player to win five trophies at the prestigious Queens club 

Murray will face Nicolas Mahut, a finalist at s-Hertogenbosch and will look to take advantage of any fatigue that may come from the Frenchman with the final being held over until Monday. This section also includes Aljaz Bedene who faces Benoit Paire, wildcard Dan Evans and Paul-Henri Mathieu and wild card Kyle Edmund who faces eight seed Gilles Simon

With four titles to his name at the Queens Club, Andy Murray will be the danger man and has a favourable draw, although, with Gilles Simon in his way, he could trouble the number one seed. Murray is currently having a great season having made the final at the Australian Open, French Open, Mutua Madrid Open and recently won Internazionali BNL d'Italia beating Novak Djokovic

Quarterfinal: Andy Murray - Gilles Simon

Semifinalist: Andy Murray 

Andy Murray winning the Queens Club
Andy Murray winning the Queens Club in 2015 (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) 

Second Quarter

This quarter has number four seed Richard Gasquet headlining. He faces American Steve Johnson, who on his day can trouble anyone. However, in his first match on Grass last week at s-Hertogenbosch, he fell to compatriot Stefan Kozlov. Gasquet is very experienced on this surface, with semifinal appearances at Wimbledon on two occasions, the latest being last year beating Stan Wawrinka in an epic five setter. 

Other names include Marin Cilic, who this week heads into the tournament as the fifth seed. His first match will be against Feliciano Lopez, who made the final here back in 2014 against Grigor Dimitrov. Other names include Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Alexandr Dolgopolov, 2014 champion Dimitrov and Janko Tipsarevic. Since reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014, Dimitrov has endured a rough time this season having dropped out of the top 20. 

Quarterfinal: Richard Gasquet - Feliciano Lopez 

Semifinalist: Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet in action at the Queens Club
Richard Gasquet in action at the Queens Club (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Third Quarter

This quarter is headlined by third seed Milos Raonic, who faces Nick Kyrgios in his opening match. The Australian is known for getting fiery but has got the game on grass to trouble anyone, having defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014. This quarter also has sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut at the top, who plays well on this surface and won his first title on the grass at s-Hertogenbosch in 2014.

Sam Querrey has won three titles on three different surfaces, including here at Queens Club in 2010, and with the American being a big server this favours him and can test Bautista Agut. Jeremy Chardy is also placed in this draw and will face a qualifier in his opening round match while two other qualifiers are expected to face off against one another. 

Quarterfinal: Roberto Bautista Agut - Milos Raonic

Semifinalist: Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic lays a backhand shot (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Milos Raonic lays a backhand shot (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter is packed with number two seed Stan Wawrinka headlining the last section. Other seeds include John Isner, who faces Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine, who recently came back from a wrist injury, skipped the clay season in order to focus on the grass. Del Potro started his grass campain in Stuttgart and made the semifinals having beaten Gilles Simon. He also made the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2013 and can be a threat with his big serves and explosive forehands.

Also in this draw is wildcard James Ward, who will look to take advantage of a tired Gilles Muller, who made the s-Hertogenbosch final. Bernard Tomic faces a qualifier, while Wawrinka faces Fernando Verdasco in his opening round. The Swiss has never made a final on grass and with a potential match up with del Potro, he will have to be on form, but don't be surprised if he were to make a deep run. 

Quarterfinal: Juan Martin Del Potro - Stan Wawrinka

Semifinalist: Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka in action against Grigor Dimitrov at Queens in 2015 (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Stan Wawrinka in action against Grigor Dimitrov at Queens in 2015 (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Semifinal predictions: Andy Murray d. Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic d. Stan Wawrinka

Final: Milos Raonic d. Andy Murray