Framework defined in Wimbledon. The draw this Friday showed the All England Club grass trail in the third Grand Slam of the Year. To be the top favorite, Novak Djokovic, defending champion, is at the top of the key while in the lower half are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who can be measured in the semi-finals.
Djokovic, owner of four titles in the cathedral, of the 15, achieved in his professional career, will start against the German Philip Kollersreiber, a famous rival of the ATP chain.
In the second round, it can be played by Belgium's David Goffin, Halle's finalist, or Canadian ascendant Felix Oze-Alysame, finalist at another previous grass-races meeting, or Russian Daniel Medvedev. Already in the quarterfinals, the Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas will face the debut against the Italian Thomas Fabbiano.
As a potential semi-final duel, the Serbian could cross the German Alexander Zverev, who will start against the Czech Republic, Jiri Veseli or the South African Kevin Anderson, who was a finalist last year to succumb to Djokovic. Now he returns after an injury and puts first in front of the assured Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
In the lower half of the table could be the big clash between Federer and Nadal, as happened in the clay of Roland Garros where the Spaniards won and then reached the 12th of 18 of his record, including two in London. In the case of the Swiss, the eighth-highest Wimbledon champion is the historic crown leader of the Grand Slam with 20.
There were controversies this week before Wimbledon, because the race organization was back using a special formula that was not used in the other Grand Slam, highlighting the players' results over the past two years. That's why, thanks to his tenth title on the Halle pasture, reached last Sunday, Federer defeated Nadal in pre-qualification and took second place.
The Swiss will be presented against South African Lloyd Harris and the Noah Rubin American will arrive second. Still in the third round, he could play with a Frenchman: Lucas Puil or Richard Gasquet, looking at a potential match against Croatian Borna Koric.
In Nadal come tighter perspectives, because although he will make his debut against Japanese Yuichi Sugita, he can now move into the second round with the Australian Nick Kirghios, very firm on the grass. In the second round, he can even face Canis Dennis Shapovalov.
In the quarterfinals, Federer could face the Japanese Kei Nishikori and Nadal against the Austrian Dominic Tiem, which he overcame in the final of Paris. This takes into account the eight largest seeds.
Probable junctions of the quarter-finals (in the order of equality):
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (7) Stefanos Tsitsipas
(4) Kevin Anderson vs. (6) Alexander Zverev
(5) Dominic Tieme v (3) Rafael Nadal
(8) Kay Nishikori vs. (2) Roger Federer