Andy, who lifted the title here in 2017 beating Fernando Verdasco in straight sets despite almost losing in the quarter-finals to Philipp Kohlschreiber where he had to save seven match points, played here last year, defeating Christopher O'Connell in the first round in three then losing to Jannik Sinner in straights in the next.
The draw doesn't get any easier though as he'll play the 5th seed Hubert Hurkacz in round 1. The 2nd round shouldn't be quite as tricky if he gets there, but there's the prospect of Djokovic in the quarter-finals.Draw
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