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Wimbledon 2019 draw released: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal could clash in semifinals

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 28 Jun 2019
  • Official draw for Wimbledon 2019 released
  • Rafael Nadal placed in Roger Federer's half
Rafael Nadal has been drawn in Roger Federer's half at Wimbledon 2019 (PA Sports)

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been drawn in the same half of the Wimbledon 2019 draw.

The official draw for Wimbledon 2019 has been released and third seed Rafael Nadal has been drawn in the same half as second seed Roger Federer.

Two-time champion Nadal, who is ranked world no. 2 but seeded third below Federer due to Wimbledon's unique seeding formula, which places greater emphasis on a player's grass-court results, had complained about the possibility of having to face both Federer and Djokovic in order to win the tournament, saying 'It doesn't seem right.' 

He is unlikely to be placated by the draw placing him in Federer's half, meaning that if the seedings hold up, he would indeed face Federer in the semifinals and Novak Djokovic in the final.

Federer and Nadal have not played at Wimbledon since their epic 2008 final encounter, considered the greatest match of all time.

There is more bad news for Nadal as he could face Nick Kyrgios in the second round. Kyrgios will face fellow Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round with the winner likely to face Nadal. Kyrgios knocked Nadal out of Wimbledon in 2014 as he made a surprise run to the quarterfinals as a wildcard, and won their most recent encounter in Acapulco in March, where he demonstrated an ability to get under the Spaniard's skin.

Defending champion Djokovic, meanwhile, could face Kevin Anderson in the semifinals in a rematch of last year's final.

Djokovic will be less happy about the news that he has to face Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has knocked him out of a Grand Slam in the past and beaten him in 2019, in the first round.

The projected quarterfinals are as follows:

Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas 
Kevin Anderson vs Alexander Zverev 
Dominic Thiem vs Rafael Nadal 
Kei Nishikori vs Roger Federer

Early indications suggest a tough draw for Dominic Thiem, the French Open finalist, who will face the USA's big-serving Sam Querrey, a former Wimbledon semifinalist, in the first round.

In the women's draw, new world no. 1 and top seed Ashleigh Barty could face a quarterfinal clash with Angelique Kerber, the defending champion, with two-time champion Petra Kvitova also in that half.

The projected quarterfinals are as follows:

Ashleigh Barty vs Angelique Kerber 
Kiki Bertens vs Petra Kvitova 
Elina Svitolina vs Karolina Pliskova 
Simona Halep vs Naomi Osaka

Barty's quarter of the draw looks by far the toughest, with seven-time champion Serena Williams, last year's semifinalist Julia Goerges, Dubai champion Belinda Bencic and 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza all in that section, as well as Donna Vekic.

Barty could meet Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round and Bencic or Vekic in the fourth, while the last 16 could also see a clash between Williams and Kerber which would be a rematch of las year's final.

Johanna Konta, a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2017 who reached the last four at the French Open this year, is in the Bertens-Kvitova quarter of the draw as well as Sloane Stephens, teenage American star Amanda Anisimova and former finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

The bottom half of the women's draw looks much more open but promises to be dramatic from the first round, with second seed Naomi Osaka - an uncertain performer on grass - opening against Yulia Putintseva, who defeated her in Birmingham.

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