Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kyrgios to face fellow Aussie at Wimbledon

Kyrgios to face fellow Aussie at Wimbledon

At 27, she is at the peak of her powers but needs to show more consistency in the second week if she is to progress beyond the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time.

Djokovic may have to deal with the significant challenge of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight, but of the big three it is Nadal who has the most hard obstacles blocking his path to the final.

Tsitsipas is the latest torchbearer of the next generation looking to end the hegemony of the Big Three but the talented Greek has never advanced beyond the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Within the first minute of the draw ceremony, there arrived a bit of information many were wondering about: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were indeed set up for a potential semifinal meeting, with Novak Djokovic possibly awaiting that showdown's victor in the final.

World No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic will play Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in his opening match, while third seed Rafael Nadal will face Japan's Yuichi Sugita.

Nadal later called him disrespectful while in a recent social media video post Kyrgios accused the 33-year-old Mallorcan of being a bad loser, calling him "super-salty". But the story of the first round will surround Serena's 39-year-old sister Venus drawn to play compatriot Cori Gauff, who on Thursday at 15 years of age, became the youngest woman to qualify for the tournament in the Open era.

Since Serena Williams took a break from the sport to have her first child, the nine Grand Slams tournaments have been shared among eight players - only Naomi Osaka has won more than one.

"I mean they're the reason why I wanted to pick up a tennis racket".

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The 33-year-old Spaniard is in peak form ahead of his return to grass, but did not take kindly to being seeded third despite being ranked second in the world, and criticized Wimbledon for not following the ATP rankings.

From there, Federer could meet either Kei Nishikori or Isner, before Nadal and finally Djokovic. Nadal-Thiem would be a rematch of the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals, both won by Nadal.

The quarter with Serena Williams, Barty and Kerber also includes past Wimbledon champions Garbiñe Muguruza and Maria Sharapova, and strong grass-court players Julia Goerges, Belinda Bencic, Donna Vekic, Kaia Kanepi and Alison Riske.

While Federer seems to have a comparatively easier run in the first few rounds, Nadal could potentially to face Nick Kyrgios in Round 2.

Kerber could then face American 23-time Grand Slam victor Serena Williams, who opens against Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone, in the last 16.

Japan's Naomi Osaka - whom Barty replaced as world number one when she won the Birmingham tournament last Sunday - begins her bid to add Wimbledon to her U.S. and Australian Open titles against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who beat her in Birmingham last week.

For Nadal that is likely to be an especially challenging task.

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