Wimbledon 2015 Men’s Draw: Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, Murray, Nadal all in different corners - UBITENNIS
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Wimbledon 2015 Men’s Draw: Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, Murray, Nadal all in different corners



The Main Draw of Wimbledon took place on Friday. In the top half, Novak Djokovic (1) drew Phillipp Kohlschreiber in the first round and could meet Kei Nishikori (5) in the quarterfinal. Andy Murray could meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13) in the 4th round and either David Ferrer (8) or Rafa Nadal (10) in the quarterfinal. In the other half, Roger Federer (2) could take on Tomas Berdych (6) in the quarterfinal and Murray in the semifinal. Diego Sampaolo


Defending champion Djokovic is in the same half as newly crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka (4) and could face him in the semifinal if they both progress that far. It would be a re-match of the recent Roland Garros final. The Serbian World Number 1 opening round match is not an easy proposition as Kohlschreiber is an experienced tour veteran and has had success on grass here at Wimbledon getting to the quarterfinal round back in 2012.  Kohlschreiber can also take comfort in knowing that he has beaten Djokovic before at a major back in 2009 French Open.

If Djokovic gets out of the 1st round, it is virtually smooth sailing henceforth through to the semifinal. His next round opponent is the winner of the Lleyton Hewitt v Jarkko Nieminen. Both Nieminen and Hewitt are playing their final Championships here as they set to retire at the end of the year.  Possibly lurking for Djokovic is Kevin Anderson (14) in the 4th round which really should be an easy confrontation for him. This draw definitely makes it very possible for Djokovic to defend his title here to equal his coach Boris Becker and john McEnroe as three-time Wimbledon champion after his titles in 2011 and 2014.

Nishikori will start against Simone Bolelli (quarterfinalist in Nottingham this week) in a re-match of last year’s five-set match won by the Japanese player. Nishikori could meet either Santiago Giraldo but he will not face many tough obstacles until the 4th round. Wawrinka, 2-time major champion will face Joao Sousa in the first round for the second year in a row at this tournament. Wawrinka could meet Milos Raonic (7) in the quarterfinal. The Canadian could face a tough draw against Nick Kyrgios (26) in the third round and Grigor Dimitrov (11) in the fourth round

The other members of the “Big Four Club” Federer, Murray and Nadal were drawn in a very tough bottom half which also features 2010 Wimbledon finalist Berdych and 2-time semifinalist (2011-12) Tsonga who recently returned to a major semifinal earlier this month in Paris. Wimbledon champion (2008, 2010) Nadal, who has dropped to 10 in the ATP Rankings, could face 2013 Wimbledon champion Murray in the quarterfinal match. The winner could meet seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer in the semifinals.

Murray will start his Wimbledon campaign against Mikhail Kukushkin before meeting either Robin Haase or Alejandro Falla in the 2nd round. Murray is looking very confident having won his 4th Queen’s Club title a week ago. Tsonga will play against Gilles Muller from Luxemburg in one of the most interesting first round matches. This section of the draw features Aleksander Dolgopolov who could meet Ivo Karlovic (23) in the 2nd round.

Nadal won his first grass title since Wimbledon 2010 in Stuttgart but lost in the 1st round against Dolgopolov at the Queen’s the following week. He will open his Wimbledon campaign against Thomaz Bellucci. Nadal despite being a 5-time finalist has struggled in London since 2011. The last three years here has seen the 14-time major winner with a 4-3 record. He comes into this 3rd major of the year with only 2 ATP 250 titles under his belt and no major final appearance. His success here is not a guarantee.

In the fourth quarter of the draw Berdych will play a tough first round match against France’s Jeremy Chardy and the winner of the match face Ernests Gulbis or Lukas Rosol in the 3rd round.  Federer will start against Damir Dzumhur in a re-match of this year’s third round match won by the Swiss Maestro in three sets. Wimbledon will be Federer’s best chance to win his 18th Grand Slam title. Last week he won his 8th Halle title beating Andreas Seppi in the final.


Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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