Ex-Australian Open boss: That's a tough road for Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

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Ex-Australian Open boss: That's a tough road for Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee thinks "a tough road" lies ahead of Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. On Friday, Nadal learned his potential toward the Wimbledon title. Nadal faces Francisco Cerundolo in the first round, while he could meet 2017 Wimbledon finalist Sam Querrey in the second round.

In the round-of-16, Nadal could meet 2017 Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic, while there is a chance he meets ninth-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinal. If Nadal reaches the semifinal, he would likely face 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini.

In the final, Nadal could face his old rival Novak Djokovic. "Gee that’s a tough road for Nadal. A former semi finalist potentially 2nd round, and the in-form grass courters pretty much all in his half, with the exception of Hurkacz and the only player who cannot be in his half - Djokovic," McNamee tweeted.

Nadal was named a favorite by Berrettini

Nadal is set to compete at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.

Nadal has won the opening two Grand Slams of the season and he has a chance to complete a Calendar Grand Slam. When Berrettini was asked about Nadal, he said the Spaniard is "always there" when talking about title contenders.

“I don’t know if I’m the favourite as Novak and Rafa (Nadal) are always there; Rafa has already won two Slams and no-one expected him to win in Australia," Berrettini said. “I don’t feel like I’m the favourite but I know I can do it, I can’t pull the wool over people’s eyes.

My aim is to have a big tournament at Wimbledon and I hope it will be two intense weeks. After a really good week in Stuttgart it would have been easy to not exactly take my foot off the gas but let my problems overwhelm me. Instead I found the right energy levels and to win such a prestigious tournament is really very special”.