The Wimbledon draw has drawn a gradual path for heavy favorite Novak Djokovic, who is trying to equal the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles, while in the women’s title holder Elena Rybakina could find Aryna Sabalenka in half.
If everyone dreams of seeing a clash between Novak Djokovic and world number one Carlos Alcarazafter the physical collapse of the Spaniard in the semi-finals at Roland-Garros, the two champions will have to fight.
Winner of the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the season and seven times crowned in London, the Serb is the favorite for his own succession.
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At the bottom of the table, he will still have a few customers, but the level of difficulty should gradually increase. The first “size” opponent (1.96m) could be the Pole and seeded n°.17, Hubert Hurkaczsemi-finalist two years ago after beating Roger Federer, in the round of 16.
In the quarters, a remake of last year’s final against Nick Kyrgios would be possible but probably unrealistic, given that the Australian has only played one match this season, losing in June in Stuttgart against the Chinese Yibing Wu. Kyrgios does not already have an easy first round because, even if the Belgian David Goffin received a wild card, he remains a crafty player on grass.
Alcaraz will have a lot to do
To challenge Djokovic again, Kyrgios will also have to beat Andrey Rublevrecent finalist in Halle, in the third round, before facing in eighth probably the Canadian Happy Auger-Also I’m Kazakh Alexander Bubliktitled in Halle.
The top half of Djokovic’s table also offers a few names to be wary of like Taylor Fritz et Jannik Sinnerquarter-finalists last year or Casper Ruud.
At the top of the table, despite his recent first victory on grass, at the Queen’s tournament, Carlos Alcaraz will have a lot to do to maintain the rank of world number one that he has recovered.
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Confronted with the French Jérémy Chardy in the first round, he could find Alex de Minaurwhom he beat in the final at Queen’s or Alexander Zverev in the round of 16. In the next round, the American Frances Tiafoerecently titled in Stuttgart, or Holger Rune would come face to face with him, before rubbing shoulders with Daniil Medvedev or in Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in half, even if the latter are not great specialists in the surface either.
Tsitsipas has a first-round meeting with the Austrian Dominik Thiem fell to 90th place in the world, while he was in the top 3 three years ago. In the next round, the Greek could also face the local darling Andy Murray if the latter gets rid of Ryan Peniston in a British duel.
Theoretical semi-finals for men
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/1er) – Daniil Medvedev (RUS/3e)
Novak Djokovic (SRB/2e) – Casper Ruud (NOR/4e)
Dense table bottom in women
Among women, the draw seems less balanced, half of the table of the world number one Every Swiatek looking a bit looser than the other.
She still has on her theoretical route to the final the Ukrainian Elina Svitolinasemi-finalist on the London grass in 2019 and who will play against Venus Williamsfive-time Wimbledon champion in the first round.
In the semi-finals, Swiatek could face the French Caroline Garciaworld number 5, but the uncertainty is great after her retirement in the round of 16 at Eastbourne on Thursday, and when she never crossed the eighth at Wimbledon.
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The bottom of the painting seems denser. Besides Rybakina et Sabalenkawe note the presence of last year’s finalist, the Tunisian Our Jabeurbut also Czech Peter Kvitovtwice titled at Wimbledon and recently crowned in Berlin, or the Latvian Jelena Ostapenkoin form on grass after his victory in Birmingham.
Theoretical semi-finals for women
Iga Swiatek (POL/1st world championship) – Jessica Pegula (USA/4th)
Elena Rybakina (KAZ/3e) vs Aryna Sabalenka (BLR/2e)