Three former winners in the same quarter
There was no mercy for the former PBZ Zagreb Open winners at the draw ceremony held on Saturday: three of them were placed in the same quarter of the draw, along with the top-seeded player Ivo Karlovic! Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, Russian Mikhail Youzhy and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky will have really tough task on the way to the semifinals. Also in this part of the draw is young and very promising Croat Borna Coric, which makes this draw even more exciting.
Ivan Dodig, also former winner in Dom sportova hall, is in the last quarter, but will have tricky opening round against Croatian Davis Cup teammate Mate Delic.
"Last year it was me who played against Mate in the opening round and now he will have to play another Croat in the first round", Marin Cilic said after the draw. Four-time winner will not be able to defend his title due to the right hand injury, but was there for the draw and commented on the outcome for the Croatian players. "Toni Androic will have the toughest task, because Marcos Baghdatis showed some good form again in Australia. Antonio Veic might have opportunity against James Ward from the Great Britain and Borna is in the very tricky quarter of the draw."
Four highest positioned seeds - Ivo Karlovic, Adrian Mannarino, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Gilles Muller - will have bye in the opening round and will be in action for the second round either on Wednesday or on Thursday.