Wimbledon men's singles preview: Federer, Djokovic and Nadal want the crown


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Wimbledon men's singles preview: Federer, Djokovic and Nadal want the crown

The 142nd edition of Wimbledon will not have many changes regarding the prediction; Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the favourites for the final victory. The other players will have to do their best not to be just background actors, and some of them will have the chance to get something important, putting the Big Three in difficulty.

Novak Djokovic, seed no. 1, leads the Top-Half and he will have a tricky first round against Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Serb could meet Gael Monfils or Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, one between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and one between Kevin Anderson, Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

In the Bottom-Half, Rafael Nadal could cross Nick Kyrgios in the second round, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Denis Shapovalov in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round and Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. Roger Federer will be seed no.

2, thanks to the Wimbledon seed algorithm that since 2002 has changed the draw on the All England Club. The Swiss Maestro, chasing the ninth title on the Church Road lawns could challenge Nadal in the semifinals, but first, on his side of the draw, there are also Lucas Pouille, Borna Coric, Matteo Berrettini and Kei Nishikori.

Djokovic, already four times Wimbledon winner and defending champion is the natural favourite for the final victory, despite some problems shown during the clay season. Federer has a less complicated draw than the two big rivals; despite the years that pass he seems in excellent physical shape, as already seen in Halle, and in London he will have his chances of victory.

Nadal's Draw is a bit more complicated, with many top players who could end up on his way, and on the grass-courts, in a possible semi-final against Federer, things could be very different from the French Open semifinal.

Also, will the Spaniard have recovered all the hard work of the last clay season in this month? Kevin Anderson, as shown last season, starts right behind the Big Three; he must be good at biting his rivals at every opportunity.

To be observed with great care for performances by Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud. It will also be interesting to see if the young players of Next Gen (above all Zverev and Tsitsipas) will be able not to disappoint even in the Slam, in contrast with the shining old guys of the Old Gen.

Cilic could have the opportunity to revive his own season in London, even if the premises are not encouraging, with the problems of the Croatian in the last few months. Will the familiar air of the All England Club awaken Cilic from his lethargy? Few chances for Nishikori and Wawrinka, while Tsonga is the only one of the Frenchmen that could annoy the Big Three.

The tournament will give the welcome back to Tomas Berdych. There will also be Andy Murray in men's doubles, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Wimbledon 2019, men's singles - Percentages: Novak Djokovic 50% Roger Federer 30% Rafael Nadal 20% Outsiders: Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud