These are two parts of the table probably more balanced than those of Roland-Garros that the draw for the 2022 edition of Wimbledon reserved on Friday. Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Hubert Hurkacz are in the upper part, while Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Félix Auger-Aliassime will cross swords in the lower part.
Triple title holder, the Serb will open against Korean Kwon before, perhaps, finding his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the third round. In the quarters, the No. 1 seed would theoretically face Carlos Alcaraz, who may have to beat several big servers to get there, such as Struff, whom he inherited in the first round, Otte, or Isner. Unless Jannik Sinner, who will play Stan Wawrinka in the first round, pulls out of the game until the eighth.
For his part, the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer last year, will have a first round trap to negotiate against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, but could become favorite of a quarter of the table where Casper Ruud, Cameron Norrie, Grigor Dimitrov or Tommy Paul.
A Tsitsipas – Kyrgios from the third round?
In the other part of the table, Matteo Berrettini will act as a scarecrow, along with Rafael Nadal. The Italian will face Garin in the first round and has an affordable table, which is not really the case with Stefanos Tsitsipas, his theoretical opponent in the quarter-finals. The Greek could play Nick Kyrgios in the third round.
The Majorcan will open against the Argentinian Cerundolo and will be favorite of his quarter of the table, where his toughest opponents should be Marin Cilic, finalist at the All England Club in 2017, and Félix Auger-Aliassime, provided that the latter crosses the Maxime Cressy obstacle in the first lap.