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Wimbledon 2019 Men's Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Federer in the same half as Nadal; Djokovic and Tsitsipas in the same quarter

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 29 Jun 2019
  • Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet in the Wimbledon semi-finals, while Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas is a possible quarter final
  • Wimbledon 2019 is live from the All England Club from 1-14 July
Roger Federer is seeking a ninth Wimbledon title

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the bottom half of the Wimbledon draw, while defending champion, Novak Djokovic is in a top half that also includes young guns, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, and last year’s finalist, Kevin Anderson.

Will it be Federer to claim a record-extending ninth title at the All England Club, or can defending champion, Djokovic win the tournament for a fifth time? Can Rafael Nadal go all the way at SW 19 for the first time since 2010?

These are just some of the many questions that will be answered over the next fortnight. We have taken a long look at the draw, and made our predictions.

FIRST QUARTER

Projected Quarter Final: Novak Djokovic (1) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (7) [Head-to-head: 1-1]

Also in this quarter: Gael Monfils (16), Daniil Medvedev (11), Felix Auger-Aliassime (19)

Defending champion, Novak Djokovic faces a tricky start to his Wimbledon campaign as he takes on wily German veteran, Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round. Kohlschreiber has already beaten Djokovic this year- at Indian Wells- but the world No. 1 has scored two wins over the German since then, and holds a 10-2 record overall. Should Djokovic expectedly get through, he will face, and should beat, either Denis Kudla or Malek Jaziri in the second round, while compatriot, Dusan Lajovic is his seeded third round opponent.

Lajovic will have to play extremely well to get that far, as he opens against rising Pole, Hubert Hurkacz, before a possible second-round meeting with Ernests Gulbis or Leonardo Mayer. I like the look of Hurkacz, who made the quarter finals in Eastbourne, and I’m backing him to get through to that third round meeting with Djokovic.

Whoever emerges is unlikely to prevent Djokovic from reaching to the fourth round, where things really begin to get interesting. The world No. 1 is seeded to meet either Gael Monfils or Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round, with Grigor Dimitrov, who could play Auger-Aliassime in the second round, also in that section.

World No. 21, Auger-Aliassime is the man-in-form in that group, having made the final in Stuttgart and the semi-finals at Queen’s. Form dictates that he should proceed to a fourth-round meeting with Djokovic, but can he string together three consecutive best-of-five-set wins, including a couple possibly against Dimitrov and Monfils to reach the second week of a major for the first time in his career? The Canadian has only ever played one Grand Slam match, at the US Open last year. It’s a tough one to call, but I will go with the experience of Monfils to take down Auger-Aliassime in the third round, and book a Round of 16 date with Djokovic.

On the other side of this quarter is Stefanos Tsitsipas, whose all-court game should really thrive on this surface. Tsitsipas has not had the most eye-catching build-up to Wimbledon, going 2-2 between s-Hertogenbosch and Queen’s, and while he should be fine against Italian, Thomas Fabbiano in the first round, the imposing figure of Ivo Karlovic looms as a potential second round opponent. If Tsitsipas gets through the big-serving Croatian, he could play Kyle Edmund or Fernando Verdasco in the third round, while Daniil Medvedev and David Goffin are the seeded players he could meet in the fourth round. It’s a fairly open section of the draw- Goffin played some excellent tennis in reaching the Halle final, and will be dangerous, while Queen’s semi-finalist, Medvedev, with his big-serving and flat-hitting could be very tough on this surface. I still think Tsitsipas will come through- he’s got the game to excel on grass, and most importantly, he has got an appetite for the big stage.

Predicted Quarter Final: Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
Semi-Finalist: Novak Djokovic (4/9 @Ladbrokes to win this quarter)

SECOND QUARTER

Projected Quarter Final: Kevin Anderson (4) vs Alexander Zverev (6) [Head-to-Head: Zverev leads 5-0]

Also in this quarter : Stan Wawrinka (22), Milos Raonic (15), Karen Khachanov (10)

Despite being ranked eighth in the world, and playing just four tournaments this year due to injury, Kevin Anderson has been bumped up to No. 4 in the seedings by Wimbledon’s special formula, leaving this quarter of the draw pretty open.

Last year’s finalist, Anderson is in immediate danger of the early upset as he takes on Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round, while he could face either Janko Tipsarevic or Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round. Anderson’s projected third round opponent is 26th seed, Guido Pella, but the Argentine isn’t known for his grass-court prowess, and is also susceptible to the early exit as he plays Marius Copil in the first round and Nicolas Jarry or Andreas Seppi in the second.

I’m tempted to go for Herbert to take down Anderson in the first round, and get through two more rounds to reach the Round of 16, where one of Stan Wawrinka or Milos Raonic should be waiting. Provided he is not carrying any niggles, former Wimbledon finalist, Raonic looks like the best pick to make the quarter finals from here, going by grass-court pedigree, and current form- he made the semis in Stuttgart, and the quarter finals at Queen’s.

Alexander Zverev is at the other end of the quarter, as he continues his search for a Grand Slam breakthrough. The young German is clearly a big talent, but he has struggled this year, and it will not be overly surprising if he falls early at Wimbledon. The world No. 5 begins against Czech left-hander, Jiri Vesely, while Pablo Cuevas and Damir Dzumhur are his possible second round opponents. These are all matches he should be winning. He could run into some trouble in the third round as he takes on the mercurial Benoit Paire, or possible Miomir Kecmanovic, who is through to the Eastbourne final as at the time of writing, while heavy-hitting Russian, Karen Khachanov, Queen’s champion, Feliciano Lopez or Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut could be waiting in the fourth round.

Lopez is an intriguing option from this group as his unique game of power and touch can cause serious problems for big-hitters like Khachanov (who could play Lopez in the second round) but I’m not convinced the Queen’s champion can serve and slice his way into the second week. I’ll stick with Khachanov to hit through the Spaniard in the second round, and possibly Zverev in the fourth round to move into the quarter finals from this part of the draw.

Predicted Quarter Final: Milos Raonic vs Karen Khachanov
Semi-Finalist: Milos Raonic (11/2 @Ladbrokes to win this quarter)

THIRD QUARTER

Projected Quarter Final: Rafael Nadal (3) vs Dominic Thiem (5) [Head-to-Head: Nadal leads 9-4]

Also in this quarter: Marin Cilic (13), Fabio Fognini (12),  Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

After being bumped down to No. 3 in the seedings, Rafael Nadal may have to beat Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic if he is to win a third Wimbledon title.

The Spaniard has got a tough early draw- he should be too strong for Yuichi Sugita in the first round (even though Sugita isn’t shabby on this surface), but the French Open champion will be in genuine danger in the second round if he is to take on Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios may well lose to Jordan Thompson- a semi-finalist in Antalya- in his Wimbledon opener- but if he gets through that, he will be fired up for that meeting with Nadal, and absolutely has it in him to blast out the Spaniard. That’s the kind of match that can light him up. Whoever gets through will likely meet Denis Shapovalov or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, while former finalist, Marin Cilic is the highest-profile fourth round opponent.

Cilic has struggled with injury this year, and could encounter some trouble in his opening match against s-Hertogenbosch champion, Adrian Mannarino, who has made the second week at Wimbledon on three previous occasions, including in each of the last two years. 

Nadal reached the semis at Wimbledon last year, and was within whiskers of beating Novak Djokovic, but his recent record at the All England Club has generally been poor, as he failed to go past the fourth round between 2012 and 2017. The main threat is that possible second round meeting with Kyrgios- if he gets through that, I think he makes the quarter finals, where he is projected to meet Dominic Thiem.

Thiem has been excellent on clay in the last few seasons, making back-to-back French Open finals, but only once has be gone beyond the second round at Wimbledon, in 2017, when he made the fourth round. He has got a difficult opener against Sam Querrey- a finalist in Eastbourne as at the time of writing- but if he can get through that, he will meet Andrey Rublev or Cristian Garin in the second round, Laslo Djere possibly in the third round, and Fabio Fognini/Gilles Simon in the fourth round. Apart from Querrey, none of his potential opponents are reputed for their grass-court exploits, with Garin, Djere and Fognini better known for their works on clay. If Thiem survives Querrey in the first round, I reckon he will reach the last eight for the first time.

Predicted Quarter Final: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem
Semi-Finalist: Rafael Nadal (6/4 @Ladbrokes to win this quarter)

FOURTH QUARTER


Projected Quarter Final: Roger Federer vs Kei Nishikori [Head-to-Head: Federer leads 7-3]

Also in this quarter: John Isner (9), Matteo Berrettini (17), Borna Coric (14)

Eight-time champion, Roger Federer arguably has the easiest draw of all the top contenders, with the great Swiss opening against unheralded South African, Lloyd Harris, before taking on Jay Clarke or Noah Rubin in the second round- absolutely no problems foreseen.

Federer should move on comfortably to a likely third round meeting with Richard Gasquet or Lucas Pouille, who go head-to-head in an all-French first round battle- while Borna Coric and Diego Schwartzman are the seeded players he could meet in the fourth round. Federer has already warmed his way into the grass court season with his title run in Halle, and one would expect him to be in full flow at Wimbledon, and should be too good for everyone in this section.

Kei Nishikori heads the other side of this quarter, and should have little problems against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro in the first round. The Japanese will play either Cameron Norrie of Great Britain or Denis Istomin in the second round, while Alex De Minaur is the highest-ranked player amongst his possible third round opponent.

The Japanese faces a potentially difficult tie in the fourth round- if he gets that far- as he will likely meet last year’s semi-finalist, John Isner or the bang in form Matteo Berrettini. Isner, of course, can serve his way through this draw, but so can Berrettini, who was in sublime form in the lead-up to Wimbledon, winning Stuttgart and making the semi-finals in Halle. If Berrettini gets through the early rounds- he plays Radu Albot in the first and has a tough one against Taylor Fritz or Tomas Berdych in the second, the Italian could do some damage in this draw. He’s got the attributes to succeed at Wimbledon, with his big serving, heavy forehand, and a fine backhand slice, and I’ll go with the Italian to beat Isner and Nishikori to quarter final ticket.

Predicted Quarter Final: Roger Federer vs Matteo Berrettini
Semi-Finalist: Roger Federer (4/6 @ Ladbrokes to win this quarter)

Semi-Finals
Novak Djokovic vs Milos Raonic
Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

Final
Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer

Winner
Roger Federer

Wimbledon 2019 is live from 1-14 July.


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