Tennis: Djokovic can find Alcaraz in the ‘quarters’, Nadal debuts with Cerúndolo


Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, reigning champion, could face Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, the third major of the season, while Rafael Nadal will make his debut against Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo, the draw dictated today.

The current world number three will try to win a fourth consecutive trophy at the All England Club, after triumphs in 2018, 2019 and 2021, with the 2020 edition being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. covid-19and will start defending the title against South Korean Soonwoo Kwon on the centenary central court on Monday.

In case of victory, the tennis player from Belgrade, winner of 20 ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, will play with the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis or the Polish Kamil Majchrzak in the next phase and possibly with the compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic on the third round, before probably measuring forces with Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili or North American Reilly Opelka in the round of 16.

Djokovic’s biggest test should, however, be against 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, in the quarter-finals of the London tournament, after he played in the opening round with German Jan-Lennard Struff and eventually played in the fourth round with the Italian Jannik Sinner or the North American John Isner.

Rafael Nadal, who has won the ‘Grand Slam’ titles with 22 wins, will face Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo, 42nd in the world, for the first time, in the opening round of Wimbledon, after his recent 14th triumph at Roland Garros. .

If he passes his debut on the London grass with distinction, the 36-year-old Manacor left-hander will face the American Sam Querrey (99th) or the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (106th), before probably measuring forces with Italian Lorenzo Sonego (32nd) in the next stage.

Nadal’s round of 16 could be discussed with Croatian and former Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic (17th), the quarter-finals with Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, who forced him to play five sets in cathedral of clay, and the semi-finals with the Italian Matteo Berrettini, a finalist who won in 2021, or the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, number six in the world.

In the women’s competition, the draw held today in London dictated the clash between the Polish Iga Swiatek, leader of the world hierarchy, and the Croatian ‘qualifier’ Jana Fett on the first round, while the Romanian Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion in 2019, will against Czech Karolina Muchova.

The North American Serena Williams, back in competition, thanks to a ‘wild card’, will have as her first opponent the young Frenchwoman Harmony Tan, 24 years old, who is in 113th place in the WTA ‘ranking’, and will be able to play on matchday two with Spanish Sara Sorribes Tomo (32nd), before an eventual clash with Czech Karolina Pliskova, number six in the world and runner-up in the title.


Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.

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