Top class Novak Djokovic can take on #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in a blockbuster quarter-final clash at Wimbledon, following the publication of the draw on Friday.
The Serb is aiming for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon crown in London and will begin his title defense on Monday against South Korean Soonwoo Kwon at Center Court, while Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis or Pole Kamil Majchrzak awaits in the second round.
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Anchoring the bottom half as second seed, Rafael Nadal begins his bid for a record-lengthening 23rd Grand Slam trophy against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, with 2017 finalist Marin Cilic a potential fourth-round opponent.
The Spaniard, who took home the trophy in 2008 and 2010, is set to face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals in what will be a Roland Garros rematch. The Canadian Auger-Aliassime, who advanced to the last eight in 2021, faces a difficult opening test against American Maxime Cressy.
Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas could collide in the bottom half in the other quarter-final. Last year’s finalist Berrettini, who triumphed on grass this month in Stuttgart and London, opens against Cristian Garin, while fourth-seeded Greek Tsitsipas faces Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard.
In the top half, Alcaraz makes his second appearance at Wimbledon as fifth seed and starts against the German Jan-Lennard Struff, with Casper Ruud as third seed against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Ruud, who has not yet won a main tournament at Wimbledon, is expected to face Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. The Pole arrives in London after a run for his first grass court title in Halle, starting against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Last season, Hurkacz defeated Roger Federer to progress to the semifinals.
Tenth-seeded Jannik Sinner meets former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in a first-round popcorn match, while two-time champion Andy Murray plays Australian James Duckworth. Murray, Sinner and Wawrinka are all in six-time champion Djokovic’s quarter alongside 15th-seeded Reilly Opelka, who starts against Spaniard Carlos Taberner.
Other intriguing first round matches include Nick Kyrgios against British wildcard Paul Jubb, last year’s semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov against Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech and Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz against #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti.