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The Wimbledon Men’s Draw: Djokovic Faces Possible QF Clash With Alcaraz, Nadal To Start On Tuesday

Here is everything you need to know about this year’s men’s tournament at The All England Club.




General view of Centre Court during the Gentlemen's Singles Final of Andy Murray (GBR) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) at The Championships 2013. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Day 13 - Saturday 07/07/2013. Credit: AELTC/Thomas Lovelock.

Novak Djokovic will kick off his campaign at Wimbledon on Monday with the entire top half of the men’s draw playing their first round matches.


Defending champion Djokovic is the top seed for the fourth time in a row. This year he is seeking to win his seventh Wimbledon title. Something which has only ever been achieved by Pete Sampras and Roger Federer in the Open Era. He will get his campaign underway against South Korea’s Kwon Soo-Woo who is currently ranked 75th in the world. The Serbian could then have to take on Thanassi Kokkinakis followed by a potentially tricky encounter against compatriot Memoir Kecmanovic.

After winning the first two major events of the season, Rafael Nadal enters Wimbledon with the shot of achieving a Calendar Slam for the first time in his career. In his 14 previous appearances at The All England Club, he has lifted the trophy twice with his most recent triumph being back in 2010. Seeded second and therefore on the other side of the draw to Djokovic, he will play Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in the first round. Cerundolo is currently at a career-high of 42nd in the world but has failed to win back-to-back matches at his three previous tournaments. If he wins, Nadal will play either Sam Querrey or Ricardas Berankis in the second round. Former finalist Marin Cilic is a potential fourth round opponent.

Casper Ruud joked during the Miami Masters in March that ‘grass is for golf players.’ Little did he know at the time that he would end up being a top-three seed at Wimbledon following his breakthrough run to the final of the French Open and the subsequent ban of world No.1 Daniil Medvedev due to the Ukraine war. The Norwegian is yet to win a main draw match at SW19 after suffering two straight first round losses. He will be hoping to end the losing streak against Spanish veteran Albert Ramos Vinolas who has only ever won five matches at Wimbledon in his career out of eight appearances.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has had plenty of practice on the grass after playing three tournaments on the surface within the past month, including this week’s Mallorca Open. He begins his Wimbledon bid against Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard who will be playing in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at the age of 28. Further in the draw, he could play Nick Kyrgios in the third round who he recently lost to in Halle.

Rising star Carlos Alcaraz was ranked 75th in the world when he made his Wimbledon debut 12 months ago. Since then, he has shot up the world rankings following a sensational first half of 2022. The Spaniard is high in confidence despite his inexperience on the surface or the fact he was seen wearing heavy strapping on his arm. Opening up against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, he faces the possibility of playing Fabio Fognini in the second round. Then another Italian, Jannik Sinner, could be a possible fourth round opponent before a potential showdown with Djokovic.

Other players to look out for include Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz who recently produced some of the best tennis of his career to crush Medvedev in the Halle Final. The Pole has already impressed at the tournament by reaching the semi-finals in 2021. Hurkacz opens up against Alejandro Davidovich Forkina. 2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini is another title contender who is high in confidence after winning back-to-back grass-court titles in Stuttgart and Halle. The Italian plays Chile’s Christian Garin in the first round.

As for home players, Cameron Norrie is seeded ninth in the draw and will play Pablo Andujar. He is only the third British man to have a top 10 seeding at the tournament over the past 20 years after Tim Henman and Andy Murray. Dan Evans, who is seeded 29th, opens up against Jason Kubler.

Outside threats include Murray who recently reached the final of the Stuttgart Open where he lost in three sets to Berrettini. However, the former world No.1 has recently been hampered by a minor abdominal injury but is hopeful that he will be fit in time. Murray will play James Duckworth and could face John Isner in the last 64.

Australia’s Kyrgios faces Paul Jubb in his opening match. The unpredictable world No.45 can beat the best players in the world if he is in top form. He has beaten a top 10 player 24 times in his career. Like Murray, he has also suffered a minor injury setback after withdrawing from the Mallorca Open due to an abdominal issue.

Other notable first round matches to look out for include Sinner against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Diego Schwartzman, who has never gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon, faces a stern test against Borna Coric. Finally, Lorenzo Musetti’s clash with Taylor Fritz could be a very intriguing one.

At this year’s draw, there will be no ranking points after the ATP decided to remove them in response to the suspension of Russian and Belarussian players. However, this year’s champion will win £2M in prize money.

The draw in detail

Sections and seeds (1-4 is the top half, 5-8 in the bottom)

SECTION 1: N.Djokovic (1), M.Kecmanovic (25), N.Basilashvili (22), R.Opelka (15)

SECTION 2: J.Sinner (10), J.Isner (20), O.Otte (32), C.Alcaraz (5)

SECTION 3: C.Ruud (3), S.Baez (31), F.Tiafoe (23), P.Carreno Busta (16)

SECTION 4: C.Norrie (9), G.Dimitrov (18), T.Paul (30), H.Hurkacz (7)

SECTION 5: M.Berrettini (8), J.Brooksby (29), A.De Minaur (19), D.Schwartzman (12)

SECTION 6: D.Shapovalov (13), R.Bautista Agut (17), F.Krajinovic (26), S.Tsitsipas (4)

SECTION 7: F.Auger-Aliassime (6), D.Evans (28), H.Rune (24), T.Fritz (11)

SECTION 8: M.Cilic (14), B.Van de Zandschulp (21), L.Sonego (27), R.Nadal (2)

Note: 16 players per section with only one progressing to the quarter-finals

Projected matches (based on seedings)

Round 4

Djokovic vs Opelka
Sinner vs Alcaraz
Ruud vs Carreno Busta
Norrie vs Hurkacz
Berrettini vs Schwartzman
Shapovalov vs Tsitsipas
Auger vs Aliassime-Fritz
Cilic vs Nadal


Djokovic vs Alcaraz
Ruud vs Hurkacz
Berrettini vs Tsitsipas
Auger-Aliassime vs Nadal


Djokovic vs Ruud
Tsitsipas vs Nadal

The full draw can be seen HERE.


ATP Montreal: Ruud Thrashes Auger-Aliassime To Reach Semis, Mixed Results For Brits

Casper Ruud eased past Felix Auger-Aliassime to set up a semi-final meeting with Hubert Hurkacz in Montreal.




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Casper Ruud only dropped three games against Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the semi-finals in Montreal.


The Norwegian is into the semi-finals in Canada after a dominant performance over home favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Ruud dominated from the start of the match as he produced a sublime performance only committing nine unforced errors throughout the match to reach the last four.

Ruud has had a good season on hard courts this season and is looking to make his second consecutive hard court Masters 1000 final after reaching the final in Miami.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted he got a bit lucky but is happy to be in the last four in Canada, “It was one of those days where everything goes in one favour and luckily it was in my favour,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“With a player like Felix, you need to rely on some margins going your way. I didn’t expect them to all go on my side. It was a bit of a difficult start. I got broken but then was able to turn everything around. I hit my spots, made the shots I needed to and make him hit a lot of balls. That was the game plan and it worked well.

“The last hard-court tournament I played in was in Miami where I reached the final. I wanted to make a deep run here. I didn’t think it was too likely, being the first hard-court tournament back, but I have been playing great from the first point in the first match.”

Ruud will look to claim his first Masters 1000 title this week and rise to four in the world in the ATP rankings.

Next for Ruud is the only Masters 1000 champion left in the draw in the form of Hubert Hurkacz.

Hurkacz defeated the in-form Nick Kyrgios 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Canada.

The eighth seed produced some big-serving and bold decision making as he reached his first semi-final since winning the Halle title.

Heading into their match, Ruud leads the head-to-head 1-0 where the Norwegian was victorious at Roland Garros this year.

Mixed results for British hopefuls

Meanwhile it was a mixed night for British players as Dan Evans reached his second career Masters 1000 semi-final while Jack Draper exited the tournament in the last eight.

Evans defeated Tommy Paul 1-6 6-3 6-4 to reach a landmark moment in his career in Montreal.

After his win Evans described the win as ‘extra special’ as he looks forward to a semi-final meeting with Pablo Carreno Busta, “The crowd, that’s what they buy their tickets for. That’s live sport,” Evans told the ATP website.

“You never know what’s going to happen. It was an amazing match, amazing atmosphere. I played on the court before. In the day it was amazing, but at night, there’s something about playing sport at night, it’s extra special.”

Evans will now play Carreno Busta in the last four after the Spaniard defeated British qualifier Jack Draper 7-6(4) 6-1.

Draper defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the week but was no match for the resilient Spaniard.

Saturday’s semi-final will be the first meeting between Evans and Carreno Busta.

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Canada Daily Preview: Semifinal Saturday Features Ruud/Hurkacz and Pegula/Halep




Simona Halep on Friday in Toronto (

The singles and doubles semifinals will be played on Saturday in Canada.  In Montreal, a new men’s singles champion will be crowned, and Hubi Hurkacz is the only semifinalist to have previously won a Masters 1000 event (Miami, 2021).  Hurkacz is also in the doubles semifinals, so it will be a busy day for Hubi.  In singles, he faces a finalist from this year in Miami, Casper Ruud.


In Toronto, Simona Halep is the only former champion remaining, and is two wins away from her third title at this event.  On Saturday, she plays Jessica Pegula, who is into the semifinals in Canada for the second straight year.  Like Hurkacz, Pegula is also in the doubles semifinals.  She’s teaming with Coco Gauff, who will become the new doubles No.1 if they win the title.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Saturday’s play gets underway at 12:00pm local time in Montreal and 1:00pm in Toronto.

Hubert Hurkacz (8) vs. Casper Ruud (4) – Not Before 3:00pm on Court Central in Montreal

Hurkacz ended the winning streak of Nick Kyrgios on Friday, taking him out in three sets for the second time this season.  But Ruud was even more impressive on Friday, bouncing back from a marathon victory on Thursday over Roberto Bautista Agut to overwhelm Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, dropping only three games.  Predominantly known as a clay court player, Casper is also establishing himself as a considerable threat on hard courts.  That’s especially true in North America, where Ruud has claimed 16 of his last 19 matches.  But Hubi’s success on this surface remains superior, as does his serving prowess.  While Ruud prevailed in their only previous encounter, just a few months ago at Roland Garros, Hurkacz is the favorite on a hard court.

Jessica Pegula (7) vs. Simona Halep (15) – 1:00pm on Centre Court in Toronto

Halep has been dominant through four rounds this week, advancing without the loss of a set.  Simona has quietly put together a strong record of 36-10 this season, though she’s yet to achieve a big result, with only one title at the 250 level at the start of the year.  Pegula only dropped one set this week, to defending champion Camila Giorgi.  And similar to Halep, she’s accumulated a solid record this year (29-14) without winning a title.  This will be the first career meeting between these two players.  Considering Halep is now 25-6 lifetime at this event, and the way in which she has easily prevailed all week, her superior movement and defense should be enough to reach her fourth final in Canada.

Other Notable Matches on Saturday:

Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Dan Evans – Carreno Busta has played superbly this week, eliminating the likes of Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini without losing a set to this stage.  Dan Evans has survived two grueling three-setters in as many days.  This is their first career meeting.

Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Karolina Pliskova (14) – Haddad Maia has earned three big wins across the last three days over Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic, and Leylah Fernandez.  Pliskova is looking to reach the Canada final for the second straight year.  They have split two previous encounters, both on hard courts.

Saturday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Canada Daily Preview: Quarterfinal Friday in Montreal and Toronto




Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday in Montreal (

Canadian No.1 Felix Auger-Aliassime has thrilled crowds in his home country on back-to-back days in Montreal.  On Friday, he faces Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud, who outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut on Thursday in a marathon match that went well over three hours.  Other ATP action in Montreal includes Washington champion Nick Kyrgios taking on Halle champ Hubi Hurkacz in a rematch from the Halle semifinals.


Coco Gauff has survived two extremely dramatic affairs in as many days, ousting both Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka in third-set tiebreaks.  In the quarterfinals, she plays a two-time champion of this event, Simona Halep.  Toronto’s matches on Friday also feature Jessica Pegula and Karolina Pliskova, both of whom reached the semifinals or better of this tournament a year ago.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Friday’s play gets underway at 12:00pm local time in Montreal and 1:00pm in Toronto.

Coco Gauff (10) vs. Simona Halep (15) – 1:00pm on Centre Court in Toronto

Between Wednesday and Thursday, Gauff spent exactly six hours on court during the heat of the early afternoon, in two physically and emotionally taxing matches.  By contrast, Halep spent less than half that time on court across those two days, and is yet to drop a set this week.  And their three previous encounters have all been straight-set victories for Simona.  She prevailed on grass three years ago at Wimbledon, on a hard court this year at Indian Wells, and on clay this year in Madrid.  And considering Halep will be the far fresher player on Friday, there’s not much evidence to suggest a different result in her fourth meeting with Coco.

Casper Ruud (4) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (6) – Not Before 2:00pm on Court Central in Montreal

What will Ruud have left after a three-set match that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours?  Auger-Aliassime had a much easier time on Thursday, avenging a loss from less than a week ago in the Los Cabos semifinals over Cam Norrie.  Casper and Felix have split four previous meetings at all levels: two at Challenger events, and two at Masters 1000 events such as this.  Three years ago in Miami on a hard court, Auger-Aliassime won in three sets.  Last year in Madrid on clay, Ruud prevailed in straights.  Accordingly, a hard court would seem to favor Felix, especially considering his superior serving abilities.  Most of Casper’s big results have come on clay, though he did reach the final of Miami earlier this year.  I expected the Canadian to play nervously at this event, as Auger-Aliassime was only 3-3 lifetime here ahead of this week, and had lost four of his last six matches since June.  But Felix has embraced the spotlight of playing in front of a packed Canadian stadium, and should be favored over a depleted Ruud on Friday.

Other Notable Matches on Friday:

Nick Kyrgios vs. Hubert Hurkacz (8) – Between singles and doubles, Kyrgios is 13-0 over the last 10 days.  Hurkacz saved a match point on Thursday, eventually defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a third-set tiebreak.  Earlier this year in Halle when he played Nick, Hubi also prevailed in a third-set tiebreak.

Karolina Pliskova (14) vs. Qinwen Zheng – Both players were victorious after tough three-setters on Thursday: Pliskova over Maria Sakkari and Qinwen over Bianca Andreescu.  This is their first career meeting.

Friday’s full Order of Play is here.

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