Predicted Winners in BOLD
 Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) – The big man is seeded 4th and capable of hammering his way to a title. Someone has to step up at some point from the younger tiers of players. Zverev is as good of a pick as any among the younger players at this event.
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Aljaz Bedene (SLO) – Federer is capable of winning a 6th Australian Open, but a lot will depend on the managing his back.
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Donald Young (USA) – There are a number of question marks surrounding Djokovic at this point, but if he reaches his desired form watch out. No one has been better on plexicushion than Djokovic.
 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA) – This should be fun, but for now, I think JMDP is the favorite. (In 18-24 months, reverse this result)
 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) – Is Stan healthy? If he is, he can contend.
 Thomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [WC] Alex de Minaur (AUS) – Does winning the tiebreak event give Berdych momentum? Maybe not, but he should still win this match.
 Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Lukas Lacko (SVK) – The Big Canadian needs to recapture some form and consistency and health, but he is capable.
 Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Guido Pella (ARG) – Thiem is top 5 on clay, but he should be able to transition to hard courts better than he has in recent years. Maybe this event will demonstrate progress on that front.
 David Goffin (BEL) vs. Matthias Bachinger (GER) – Goffin is a lot of fun to watch and perhaps a dark horse for the title.
Daniil Medvedev (RUS) vs. [WC] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) – This should be a fun clash of talented players. Medvedev’s recent title gives him the edge in my mind.
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) vs. Maximilian Marterer (GER)
Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)
 Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – Hot Sauce has the higher ceiling (perhaps as age may have sapped some of his blastings) but also the lower floor.
 Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Horacio Zeballos (ARG) – I feel uneasy about this pick, but my gut says Fognini wins.
Nicolas Kicker (ARG) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)
Gaël Monfils (FRA) vs. [Q] Jaume Munar (ESP) – Last Stand of La Monf?
Radu Albot (MDA) vs. Marton Fucsovics (HUN)
Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs. [LL] Peter Polansky (CAN)
Jérémy Chardy (FRA) vs. Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs. Taro Daniel (JPN)
 Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs. Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs. Peter Gojowczyk (GER)
Tim Smyczek (USA) vs. [WC] Alexei Popyrin (AUS)
 Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) – US players are not having a good Fortnight. This draw is not great for Sam Q.
Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Denis Kudla (USA) – 1 US player has to advance here.
 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. [LL] Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
 Mischa Zverev (GER) vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR) – Super Zverec Bros. both advance? The older has some ranking points to defend and that could impact his form.
Jiri Vesely (CZE0 vs. [Q] Vaclav Safranek (CZE)
 Albert Ramos-Viñolas (ESP) vs. Jared Donaldson (USA)
Robin Haase (NED) vs. [Q] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA)
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs. [WC] Soonwoo Kwon (KOR)