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Wimbledon Men’s Draw: Djokovic And Federer In Opposite Halves, Medvedev Faces Tough Opener

Here is who the top names will have to play at the All England Club if they wish to lift the trophy this year.

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The Wimbledon men’s draw has taken place with some top players facing a tricky route to the title this year.

 

Novak Djokovic will start his title defence against British rising star Jack Draper who has only ever played in the main draw of an ATP Tour tournament twice in his career. The world No.250 recently stunned Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik to reach the quarter-finals in Queen’s. Later in the tournament the world No.1 may face former finalist Kevin Anderson in the second round, followed by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Djokovic is bidding to win his third consecutive Wimbledon title and fifth overall.

As for Roger Federer’s bid for an historic ninth title at the All England Club, he has been drawn in the opposite half to Djokovic and can only play him in the final. However, the 39-year-old faces a stern test early on against world no.42 Adrian Mannarino. A player who he leads 6-0 in their head-to-head and has already beaten twice before at the tournament. Federer has played four tournaments since returning to competitive tennis following a knee injury. In his only grass event at Halle he lost in the second round to Felix-Auger Aliassime.

Since winning his maiden Wimbledon title back in 2003, Federer has only failed to reach the second week of the tournament once, which was back in 2013.

Daniil Medvedev has a shot of redemption in what promises to be one of the most intriguing first round matches of the men’s draw. He will open up against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Stuff who he lost to in Halle earlier this month. Later in the tournament, if the world No.2 wins he will play either rising star Carlos Alcaraz or Tommy Paul. Then a clash with Marin Cilic in the third round awaits. Elsewhere in Medvedev’s section, 14th seed Herbert Hurkacz faces Italy Lorenzo Musetti in his opening match in what could be a mouthwatering encounter.

As for other top 10 players, Alexander Zvrev has been drawn in the same section as Auger-Aliassime and will start against qualifier Tallon Griekspoor. Matteo Berrettini, who recently won the Queen’s title, is on a collision course against Casper Ruud in the fourth round and faces Guide Pella first. Finally, Stefanos Tsitsipas kicks-off his campaign against America’s Frances Tiafoe.

In his first major tournament for over a year, Andy Murray will lock horns with Nikoloz Basilashvili. The Brit has vowed to play the event as it was the last of his career but is hopeful that this won’t be the case. Murray has been blighted by injury and has undergone two hip operations. Another player on the comeback is Nick Kyrgios who hasn’t played a competitive match since the Australian Open. He will start against 21st seed Ugo Humbert.

Projected rounds (based on player rankings alone)

Third round

  • Djokovic – Davidovich Forkina
  • Monfils – Garin
  • Rublev – Fognini
  • Schwartzman – Sinner
  • Tsitsipas – Khachanov
  • De Minaur – Evans
  • Shapovalov – Basilashvili
  • Bautista Agut – Opelka
  • Zverev – Isner
  • Karatsev – Auger-Aliassime
  • Ruud – Humbert
  • Berrettini – Fritz
  • Federer – Norrie
  • Carreño – Sonego
  • Hurkacz – Dimitrov
  • Medvedev – Cilic

Fourth round

  • Djokovic – Monfils
  • Rublev – Schwartzman
  • Tsitsipas – De Minaur
  • Shapovalov – Bautista Agut
  • Zverev – Auger Aliassime
  • Ruud – Berrettini
  • Federer – Carreño Busta
  • Medvedev – Hurkacz

Quarter-finals

  • Djokovic – Rublev
  • Tsitsipas – Bautista
  • Agut Zverev – Berrettini
  • Medvedev – Federer

Info via Wimbledon and twitter.com/josemorgado

Full draw

Tournament schedule

June 28 (DAY 1): R1
June 29 (DAY 2): R1
July 30 (DAY 3): R2
July 1 (DAY 4): R2
July 2 (DAY 5): R3
July 3 (DAY 6): R3
July 4 (MIDDLE SUNDAY): No play
July 5 (DAY 7): R4
July 6 (DAY 8): Women’s QF
July 7 (DAY 9): Men’s QF
July 8 (DAY 10): Women’s SF
July 9 (DAY 11): Men’s SF
July 10 (DAY 12): Women’s Final
July 11 (DAY 13): Men’s final

*schedule could change

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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