The ATP Munich or BMW Open as it is also known, started life as the Bavarian International Tennis Championships, and is played on the clay-courts at the MTTC Iphitos in Munich, Germany.
German professional Philipp Kohlschreiber has the best recent record of any player playing in the 2016 renewal, having won in both 2007 and 2012, and finished runner-up in 2013 and 2015. German players have won 2 of the last 4 renewals, with Tommy Haas also victorious in 2013.
David Goffin heads this week’s rankings, and the Belgian has already been in great form this season having made it to the semi-finals in both Miami and Indian Wells. He looks to have an easy route to the quarter-finals, where the local crowd will be hoping he falls to the rapidly improving young German Alexander Zverev, though Lukas Rosol could be a difficult hurdle for Zverev prior to that.
Few players caught the eye on clay courts more than world number 13 Dominic Thiem last season, and this looks a great opportunity for him to add to last season’s 3 victories, especially considering the opportunities he had to beat Nadal a few weeks ago. And we all know what Nadal has done since. However, he won’t have it all his own way with the dangerous Thomaz Bellucci a potential opponent.
Home hope Kohlschreiber will be expecting another big performance here after making it to the semis in Barcelona, especially with no one of Rafa Nadal’s calibre to contend with. The other big name in this quarter is former US Open Champion Juan Martin Del Potro, though he’s yet to recapture anything like that level of form after long injury spells.
Fabio Fognini made the final here in 2014, and he should make at the quarter-finals this time. However, he’s played only two tournaments since a few weeks off with injury, and a tough match against the in-form Gael Monfils may await him there – which may be a step too far for him.
With Germans having won 2 of the last 4 renewals, it would be easy to recommend backing Zverev and Kohlschreiber as they’re in opposite halves of the draws. However, Thiem is fancied to make the final by seeing off either Zverev or Goffin in the semis, and may well beat Kohlschreiber in the final.
Thiem @ 4/1 (Betfred, Ladbrokes)