I wouldn't like to call Baker/Niland either. Both are consistent baseliners without any real weapons. The only yard stick here is form, Niland has had an excellent season whilst Baker has stagnated after a promising comeback in 2009. Baker has trained at Loughborough though which may bring with it some advantage.
And as far as I'm aware Cox used to train quite a lot in Loughborough, although I think he has now moved to the national centre in Roehampton. Regarding his game, he's definitely one to look out for. He's consistant, physical and right now should be brimming with confidence- he's coming off a $15k Futures win in Israel where he took out David Goffin in the final. Like you, I fancy an upset here. Nielsen will made to work for this.
Evans is also in form and is a tricky opponent for anyone - he mixes high topspin with slice, never allowing his opponent to get into a rhythm. Aslong as he can stay in control of his emotions he definitely has a chance to have a good run this week. Alternatively he may fall away in R1 - he's that kind of player!
I also think Willis is prime for an upset. He has also trained on these courts and waltzed through qualifying. He is a player that hasn't yet stamped his mark on the senior game and could do with a breakthrough run sometime in the near future. Having familiar courts underneath him may just be the encouragement he needs.
i appreciate it, thanks. Good to see that your thoughts aren't far away from mine though and thanks for reasoning your picks aswell