Predicted Winners in BOLD
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. [WC] Go Soeda (JPN) – Can he make the home crowd happy?
 Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. [Q] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – Cilic could make a run at the top if things break his way in 2018. It may be unlikely, but his chances are as good as any outside of the big 4 to make a push forward.
 Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA) – This is a tough first round draw, but Anderson should be able to dictate play and win.
[WC] Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) vs. [Q] Franko Skugor (CRO) – This is a great opportunity for each player to grab a tour win.
Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Bernard Tomic (AUS) – I am not sure of what to make of Tomic, but Sousa is a tough opponent.
Ryan Harrison (USA) vs. [Q] Yusuke Takahashi (JPN) H2H – Harrison has a nice chance to grab some ranking points.
 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE) H2H – This should be a fun match. I could see it going either way, but I will give ARV the slight edge.
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. [Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) H2H – Big serving should lead Ivo to the next round.