Friday’s draw has largely been kind to the world’s No. 3 — first-seeded here at Wimbledon due to the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev — but there is a delightful potential clash against rising star Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals.
Also in the anticipated quarter-finals is the chance for a rematch against talented Canadian star Felix Auger Aliassime, who recently pushed Nadal all the way to his limits in the fourth round at Roland Garros in a five-set epic.
Last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini is expected to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, while third-seeded Casper Ruud can face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who recently claimed the title on the pitch in Halle.
Home favorite Andy Murray, a two-time winner here, got a favorable first-round draw against Australian James Duckworth, who has yet to win one match on the ATP Tour this season and lost to world No. 277 last week, Paul Jubb in Qualifying for Queen’s Club.
Murray is battling a abdominal injury sustained in his latest defeat to Berrettini in Stuttgart that subsequently forced him to withdraw from Queen’s, but the former world No. 1 recently said he believed he could still play “great tennis”. to play.
Swiatek looks set to continue his streak
In the women’s draw, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek will face Croatian qualifier Jana Fett in the opening round as she prays to win her first Wimbledon title. The Pole has been the standout player on the WTA Tour this season after winning six titles, including the French Open, but grass is arguably her least favorite surface.
Swiatek never made it past the fourth round on SW19 and could potentially meet American Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals, a player whose best Wimbledon show last year was the second round.
Last year’s runner-up Karolína Pliskova is expected to face the world’s number 4 Paula Badosa in the quarter-finals, while the world’s number 2 Anett Kontaveit will face Maria Sakkari.
The 23-time grand slam champion, who injured her leg in the first round of Wimbledon last year, reached the doubles semi-finals in Eastbourne last week with Ons Jabeur, but the pair had to withdraw after the Tunisian suffered an injury. .
British star Emma Raducanu, who enjoyed her breakout performance at Wimbledon last year, has faced a tough draw against world No. 46 Alison van Uytvanck, who won a second-rate grass event in Italy last week.
Raducanu struggled with an injury en route to Wimbledon and has limited playing time on grass, withdrew from the Nottingham Open and then missed the Eastbourne International.
The Wimbledon main draws start on Monday 27 June.