World number three Dominic Thiem will be looking to defend the Erste Bank Open title when he plays on home soil in Vienna this coming week.
The big story heading in is that world number one Novak Djokovic will be in action having accepted a wildcard, with the Serbian looking to seal the end-of-year world number one ranking ahead of next month’s ATP Finals.
With other notable names such as Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka entered it should be an entertaining and high-quality week of action.
Projected Q/F: (1st) Novak Djokovic vs (6th) Diego Schwartzman
Djokovic is in action for the first time since the French Open and has been dealt a fairly kind draw, with a potential second round meeting against Borna Coric potentially the only slight test he could face before the last eight.
A potential last eight encounter against Schwartzman could be an interesting prospect however, with the Argentine in strong form in recent weeks.
The sixth seed should not have too much trouble against Dusan Lajovic and potential Hubert Hurkacz after that, though it will be interesting to see how he would approach facing Djokovic on the Serbian’s beloved hard courts.
Prediction: Djokovic def Schwartzman
Projected Q/F: (3rd) Stefanos Tsitsipas vs (8th) Denis Shapovalov
Tsitsipas went on a strong run to the last four at the French Open and will be looking to win a first title of the year here, though the Greek does not have the kindest draw.
The third seed will start against Jan-Lennard Struff and a meeting against Karen Khachanov or Grigor Dimitrov would await after that for Tsitsipas, who will need to play with the confidence he displayed in Paris.
After some tough losses in recent weeks Shapovalov may be lacking confidence and could face trouble in the second round against Antwerp semifinalist Dan Evans, who has picked up several top-20 wins this season.
Prediction: Tsitsipas def Evans
Projected Q/F: (7th) Gael Monfils vs (4th) Daniil Medvedev
This is perhaps the most open section of the draw, with both Monfils and Medvedev lacking form in recent weeks.
2020 has not really got going for Monfils and the Frenchman has a nightmare opener against US Open semifinalist and French Open quarterfinalist Pablo Carreno Busta, with former Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson potentially looming after that.
Medvedev also has a tricky opener against Alex De Minaur, with the talented Felix Auger-Aliassime the likely opponent for whoever wins that intriguing opening round contest.
Prediction: Auger-Aliassime def Carreno Busta
Projected Q/F: (5th) Andrey Rublev vs (2nd) Dominic Thiem
This is an absolutely brutal section of the draw, and whoever reaches the semifinal from it will have almost certainly worked very hard to get there.
Fifth seed and in-form Rublev has a kind draw against a qualifier to begin with, but would then have to beat Casper Ruud or Jannik Sinner to continue his quest for a fifth title of 2020 and a potential quarterfinal against Thiem.
The Austrian will likely receive a heroic reception in Vienna after his US Open triumph and has a blockbuster opener against Kei Nishikori, with Christian Garin or three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka providing a tricky second round test.
Prediction: Rublev def Thiem
Djokovic def Tsitsipas
Rublev def Auger-Aliassime
Djokovic def Rublev