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Wimbledon Men’s Draw: Sinner And Djokovic in Opposite Halves, Murray Faces Machac If Fit

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Jannik Sinner’s first Grand Slam as the top seed could see him take on a former finalist in the second round at Wimbledon next week. 

The world No.1 will start his campaign against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann, who hasn’t won back-to-back matches on the Tour since April. Then he faces a potential mouthwatering showdown against 2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini in what will be an all-Italian clash. Berrettini, who starts against Hungary’s Márton Fucsovics, is currently ranked 60th in the world but he has been sidelined from action in recent months due to injury.

Sinner is aiming to become the first Italian man to win the Wimbledon title. He enters the tournament with a win-loss record of 38-3 so far this season and has already won four titles, including the Australian Open. Last Sunday, he defeated Hubert Hurkacz to win his first ATP grass trophty in Halle. 

“It has improved for sure but I think the general level has improved,” Sinner replied when asked about his game on grass.
“I serve a little bit better which helps a lot on this surface and trying to return a little bit more aggressive.
“I’m obviously happy about this year but Wimbledon is a different tournament. Let’s see what I can do.”

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz has been drawn in the same half as Sinner, which means the two could clash in the semi-finals. A scenario that happened at the French Open earlier this year when the Spaniard won in five sets en route to the trophy. Alcaraz will play qualifier Mark Lajal in the first round in what will be the Estonian’s first appearance in the main draw of a major. He could then play Alexander Bublik in the third round followed by Casper Ruud. 

“I have more matches in my bank on grass and with the great run I had last year at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, I know a bit on how to play and understand the game on grass,” Alcaraz recently told reporters.
“I’m more mature playing on this surface. The first practice I’ve done here, my movement wasn’t as good as last year but it’s a slow process. I have to be really focused in every practice and every match,” he added.

The 21-year-old hopes to become the first player outside the Big Three to defend the men’s title since Pete Sampras in 2000. He has played only one grasscourt event leading up to Wimbledon which was at Queen’s where he lost in the second round to Jack Draper. 

Novak Djokovic has been frantically trying to get back into shape following knee surgery after tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee. His swift recovery in time for Wimbledon has been pretty impressive as he eyes winning the tournament for the eighth time in his career which will equal Roger Federer’s record. Djokovic faces Vít Kopriva in his opening match. So far in his career, the Serbian has won 96 out of 112 matches at Wimbledon and has never lost in the first round. 

“I haven’t come here to go through a few rounds,” Djokovic recently stated. “I’m going to play if I’m sure. I’m going to take it day by day, based on how I am, how I feel and if I can play at my best.
“If I can’t play, I’ll give someone else that opportunity. I’m only going to play if I’m in a position to go far and fight for the title. I’m not pushing myself to the limit, but I hope that happens in the next few days. I wouldn’t be here without the doctors’ permission.” 

Andy Murray faces Czech Reoublic’s Tomas Machac, who he narrowly lost to at the Miami Masters earlier this year, in what could be his last-ever singles match at Wimbledon. He is still entered in the draw but it is still up in the air if he will be able to take part due to his fitness. Should he win, awaiting the former world No.1 in the second round will be either Roman Safiullin or Francisco Cerúndolo. 

Murray recently had to undergo a surgical procedure to treat a cyst in his back but has vowed to give it all to play in the event. The two-time champion has been given a wildcard to play in the doubles event alongside Jamie Murray.  

“It has been mentioned to me, ‘Are you going to withdraw before the draw at 10am on Friday?’ And I’m like, Well, no, I’m not. I’m going to wait until the last minute to see if I’m going to be able to and I’ve earned that right to do that,” said Murray. 
“This is not clear cut where I am 100% going to be ready to play or there is a 0% chance that I can play. That is the situation. I would say it’s probably more likely that I’m not able to play singles right now. I’m also f****** doing rehab 24/7 to try to give myself that opportunity to play there again.

Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev will start his campaign against Roberto Carballés Baena, Daniil Medvedev opens up against Aleksandar Kovacevic and Andrey Rublev faces Francisco Comesaña. 

As for first round matches to look out for, 19th seed Nicolas Jarry faces a potentially tricky task against 2021 semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov. Gael Monfils plays Adrian Mannarino with the winner possibly facing Stan Wawrinka. British No.1 Jack Draper will play Elias Ymer and then potentially compatriot Cameron Norrie. Finally, Felix Auger-Aliassime will begin his campaign against Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The top half of the men’s draw will be played on Monday and can be viewed HERE

Projected fourth round matches

Sinner vs Shelton 

Medvedev vs Dimitrov 

Alcaraz vs Humbert 

Ruud vs Paul 

Zverev vs Fritz 

Rublev vs Tsitsipas 

De Minaur vs Hurkacz 

Djokovic vs Rune

Projected quarter-final matches

Sinner vs Medvedev 

Alcaraz vs Ruud 

Rublev vs Zverev 

Hurkacz vs Djokovic

Projected semi-final matches

Alcaraz vs Sinner

Djokovic vs Zverev

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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