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.


Carlos Alcaraz In Doubt For Madrid Open Title Defence



Carlos Alcaraz admits that he is not certain if he will be ready in time to play at next week’s Madrid Masters.

The 20-year-old is yet to play a clay tournament in Europe due to a forearm injury which ruled him out of both Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He hurt his right arm whilst training shortly before the Monte Carlo event began. 

It is the latest in a series of injury issues that has affected Alcaraz throughout his young career. Since the start of 2023, he has also been derailed by issues with his abdominal, hamstring, post-traumatic arthritis in his left hand and muscular discomfort in his spine. 

“My feeling isn’t right, but it is what it is. Now I’m fully focused on recovery and I have a little more time,” Alcaraz told reporters in Barcelona on Monday.
“My goal is to try and go to the Madrid Open, but at the moment nothing is certain. I was given specific recovery times and I’ve respected them, but I haven’t felt good. I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
“I can’t say I’ll be 100% in Madrid, but that’s my intention. We’ll train and do everything we can so that the feelings improve so I can play a match … It’s also a very special tournament for me.”

Alcaraz has won the past two editions of the Madrid Open, which is classed as a Masters 1000 event. In 2022 he defeated Alexander Zverev in the final and then 12 months later he beat Jan-Lennard Struff in the title match.

The setback comes after what has been a steady start to the year for Alcaraz who has reached the quarter-finals or better in four out of five tournaments played. He successfully defended his title in Indian Wells and then reached the semi-finals in Miami. 

Should he not play in Madrid, it is likely that the Spaniard will lose his No.2 spot to Jannik Sinner who is just over 100 points behind him in the standings. He will still have the chance to play a clay-court event before the French Open with Rome taking place early next month. 

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Olympic Qualification Is Not the Only Goal For French Veteran Gael Monfils



Gael Monfils (image via https://twitter.com/atptour)

Gael Monfils admits he doesn’t have too many years left on the Tour but this doesn’t mean his targets are any less ambitious. 

The 37-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise up the rankings over the past 12 months following battles with injury. At his lowest, he was ranked 394th last May but is now in 40th position. As a result, he is closing on securing a place in the Olympic Games which is being held in his home country of France for the first time since 1924. The tennis event will be staged at Roland Garros. 

“When I was 400, I was thinking the Olympics would be great, but it’s going to be tough,” Monfils told reporters on Tuesday. 
“There are younger players playing well. If I don’t qualify, I don’t mind. It will just mean I’m very close to the ranking I want to be. That ranking will allow me to find another goal.”

Monfils is already a three-time Olympian but has never won a medal at the event. He reached the quarter-finals of the singles tournament twice in 2008 and 2016. 

Another goal of Frenchmen is the Wimbledon championships which concludes just three weeks before the Olympics begin. The proximity of these tournaments will be a challenge to all players who will be going from playing on clay to grass and then back to clay again. 

“I really want to go and play Wimbledon. I don’t have so many Wimbledons to play in the future. The Olympics is one goal, not the only goal.” Monfils states.
“My dream is of course to be part of the Olympics. I played three times at the Olympics. I’d like to be there again. But I also really want to do well in Wimbledon this year. To reach my goal, it has to be including Wimbledon.” He added. 

Monfils is currently playing at the Monte Carlo Masters where he beat Aleksandar Vukic in his opening match. In the next round, he will take on Daniil Medvedev in what will be their first meeting since 2022. He leads their head-to-head 2-1. 

Medvedev has openly spoken about his roller-coaster relationship with playing on the clay. He admits it is not his favourite surface but how much of a factor could this be in his upcoming clash with Monfils?

“Of course, it’s not his favourite one, but he’s still Daniil Medvedev, and whatever the surface, it’s always very complicated to play him,” Monfils concludes. 

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Matteo Berrettini wins in Marrakech displaying quality tennis



Matteo Berrettini - Marrakech 2024 (photo X @ATPTour_ES)

Matteo Berrettini defeats Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets, 75 62, and proves that his comeback is well grounded  

If life is often considered a continuous narrative, it may be no coincidence that today Matteo Berrettini’s comeback journey intersescted Carballes Baena, a player he had faced twice in straight tournaments, Florence and Naples in October 2022, shortly before plunging into his annus horribilis, an injury-plagued 2023.

Just like resuming the story from where it was left.

Carballes Baena, the defending champion, got off to a sharper start, holding serve with ease and earning a first break point in the second game. Berrettini averted the threat by hammering down three serves but lost his service two games later.

Doubts on the Italian’s recovery from his energy-draining semifinal may have been starting to come afloat. However Berrettini broke back immediately, unsettling the Spaniard’s consistency with changes of pace and alternating lifted and sliced backhands.

The next six games neatly followed serve. Figures witness how close the match was. After 45 minutes the scoreboard read 5 games all, and stats reported 27 points apiece.

The eleventh game was to be crucial. Carballes Baena netted two forehands, while trying to hit through the Italian’s skidding spins and conceded a break point. Berrettini followed up two massive forehands with a delicate, unreachable drop shot and secured the break.

Carballes Baena was far from discouraged, and fired two forehand winners dashing to 0 40  with the Italian serving for the set.

Berrettini was lucky to save the first break point with a forehand that pinched the top of the net, and trickled over. Then he hit two winning first serves to draw even. Then again two first serves paired with their loyal forehand winner: Berrettini’s copyright gamepattern sealed a 59 minute first set.

The match seemed about to swing round at the very start of the second set when Carballes Baena had three break points and was winning all the longer rallies. Once more Berrettini got out of trouble thanks to his serve. Carballes Baena’s disappointment turned into frustration after he failed to put away two quite comfortable smashes and lost his service immediately after.  

Unforced errors were seeping into the Spaniard’s game and when Berrettini won a 16-shot rally with a stunning crosscourt forehand on the stretch and went on to grab a two-break lead, the match appeared to have taken its final twist.

Berrettini did not falter when serving for the match at 5 2, despite an unforced error on the first point. Three first serves chauffeured him to two match points.

Carballes Baena only succeeded in bravely saving the first, well steering the rally. But the 2021 Wimbledon finalist produced a massive serve out wide and joyfully lifted his arms to the sky, for a most emotional victory. It means so much to a player whose talent and career have been incessantly diminished by injuries.

It’s been a tough last couple of years” Matteo Berrettini said, holding the trophy. “Thanks to my team I was able to overcome all the tough moments my body didn’t allow me to play. I thank you and all the people that made my comeback possible: all my friends and my family, the people that were with me all the time when I was sad, injured and I didn’t think I could make it.”

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