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Wimbledon Draw 2018: Federer Opens Centre Court Action against Lajovic

Hey all, the Wimbledon draw took place this morning at the All England Club and Roger will be getting underway on Monday against Dusan Lajovic who he played last year in the second round. You can see his projected path below based on the seedings.

Federer's Projected Opponents

  • Round 1: Dusan Lajovic
  • Round 2: Lukas Lacko / Benjamin Bonzi
  • Round 3: Ivo Karlovic / Leonardo Mayer
  • Round 4: Borna Coric
  • Quarter Final: Sam Querrey / Kevin Anderson
  • Semi Final: Marin Cilic / Grigor Dimitrov
  • Final: Rafael Nadal / Alexander Zverev

Full PDF printable draw.

Thoughts on the Draw

Fed Wimbledon 2018

So it's Switzerland vs. Serbia II here and hopefully, Roger can mirror his footballing counterparts but do it with a clean sheet and bag straight set win. The two met at Wimbledon last year and Lajovic offered some early resistance going up a break before eventually losing in straights. The Serb has a pretty decent game so it could well be a similar match to the 2017 encounter.  Like last year Lajovic is heading into SW19 with just 2 matches on grass, but this time around it's straight to centre court and I think Fed will have far too much for him.

Round 2 sees either qualifier Benjamin Bonzi or Lukas Lacko as the opposition. Bonzi beat James Ward in the final round of qualifying but I don't know much about him as he's just getting started at this level. Lacko, on the other hand, has been around a while and he's played pretty well on grass this season, winning a couple of matches in Halle and he's currently in the semifinals over in Eastbourne. I would pick the Slovakian to come through his opener and he's another guy that will put up a fight but Fed is the firm favourite, winning their two previous matches, both at slam level, in straight sets.

For the third round, it's wide open with Karlovic, Leo Mayer, Youzhny and Struff in this section. Dr Ivo hasn't won a match on grass this season losing in both Rosmalen and Halle but historically he's played well at Wimbledon so I guess he might be favourite to come through. Mayer has a decent game for grass but his consistency over five is questionable. Youzhny has the tools but his legs are gone and Struff is another inconsistent type but he does have a hefty serve + forehand. Hard to see any of those guys troubling Fed too much though unless they have one of those days where everything turns to gold.

With Bautista Agut withdrawing that moved Coric into the top sixteen seedings so he's Roger's projected 4th round opposition. He's fresh off defeating the Swiss in Halle so heads into Wimbledon with plenty confidence but I made the prediction he'd lose early at Wimbledon so I will stick with that. Medvedev isn't a given in the first round and my pick to come through that section will be Adrian Mannarino assuming he isn't drained after flying in from Turkey where he's currently playing.

As for the quarters, Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey are the likely ones on paper. Anderson has made the fourth round three times and Querrey was last years semifinalist. I'm not sure the American is in as good a form as he was last year but there's not really anyone jumping out at me from that section. Can Gasquet muster something? Who knows. Seppi is solid but again not really a huge threat so I imagine it will be Querrey vs. Anderson in Round 4.

Into the semi-finals and Cilic is the form guy having won Queens and the third seed. He's certainly the favourite to come through that section but there's also Isner, Raonic and Dimitrov in that section who are all capable on grass. Raonic will certainly factor if he's over the pectoral injury he sustained at Queens. But it's just honestly too far away to make any sort of predictions. Five best of five matches to get there is an awful lot of tennis but I'll pick Cilic to be there.

As for the final Nadal is, of course, the number 2 seed and in his half there's Djokovic, Sascha Zverev, Murray, Kyrgios and Del Potro. It's certainly interesting to see who comes through from there, Nadal has an ok path but his grass form in recent years isn't the best. Murray isn't ready that's for sure so maybe Djokovic can kick on from his Queens run. I thought he'd played himself into some form at the French before he seemed to run out of gas against Cecchinato but I don't think he's too far off competing for slams again.

So it looks pretty good based on the above but as always the draw is just a piece of paper and after Round 1 all the projections will no doubt be torn up 🙂 I'm just looking forward to the first match on Monday and hopefully Fed can play his way nicely into the tournament, he's had plenty match practice and what looks like a solid few days practice in SW19 so he should be good to go.

What are your thoughts on the draw? Let me know in the comments.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. First off, we are now in England weather wise. Second, I love the white RF t-shirt in the top photo. Looks like Wimby colours on the letters.
    Now, the draw. Like Fed said, you guys analyse it and we play it. Dark horses lurking in the draw with a lot of players seeded low but have the potential to come through. In Fed’s half, Cilic is biggest threat. But who knows, always lots of upsets on grass.
    The bottom half is a huge unknown. It should be interesting. Good luck to our guy and may he stay fit and full of energy and focus.

  2. About R16, I don’t mind Coric getting there and play Roger….Either way as you said it too far to think…All good as long as Roger plays better in tournament as he progress…

  3. It looks like a good draw for Fed, much better than Nadal’s don’t you think? Good at least up to Coric, and Fed will be wanting to get his revenge there, so should pose no problem. “Should” but we all know what can happen. Looking forward to Monday 1 p.m. so much.
    Love the photograph at the top, all very happy. Thanks for the great summary, Jonathan.

  4. First off what an achievement for Federer to open play as reigning champion 15 years since he first won the title. Wow. Can he win it again 15 years on….

    Nadal has an easy few matches to start off and I sense he is about to have a good Wimbledon for the first time in 5+ years. His side of the draw has more of the bigger names but they will be busy beating each other before he is due to hit them.

    As for Federer on paper he should make the semi’s at least. I’ll be a lot more confident of that happening if Coric does go out early. If they have to meet again that is a pressure match for Roger and could go against him. Aside from that most opponents aren’t grinders, if Roger plays well he shouldn’t use too much energy. With a few big servers though tie break form could be vital. Come on Roger!

  5. Hey Jonathan, your link to the “full pdf printable draw” actually points to the header picture.

    Hopefully Roger has got over whatever was bothering him in Halle & can muster the glorious tennis we know he’s got in him. Draw looks reasonable; not sure whether to hope he faces Coric to conquer a really challenging match, or to hope he doesn’t, because, last week. Yaca Mayer has played him really tight in the past – remember that unbelievable match point save in Shanghai a few years ago on a fast court – but as J. says, don’t think it’s the same thing over best of 5 even if he’s able to muster similar form. Agree Djokovic is looking – maybe not ominous yet, but certainly a potential threat on the other side.

    In any case, first things first – we’ll see what kind of form he’s in on Monday, & hopefully we’ll be all excited to reanalyze everything after that first round! Allez Rog!

  6. In France for the next two weeks. So won’t be able to post much as traveling around. So good he hasn’t got Delpo, but we know he rolls over for Nadal. So Fed has got the two in form players, Cilic and Coric. Zverev has done nothing of late and goodness knows what Djokovic will do..
    So I reckon Nadal will go far.

    1. Welcome in my country, Annie ! Which areas/cities are you going to visit ? Have a nice trip and bring a RF cap (it will be sunny) !

      1. Hi French Butterfly.We are in Bourges at the moment,en route to the Languedoc.We are
        going to stay in Mirepoix for a week,then a week in Pezenas and then a couple of nights
        In Amboise on our way back to Roscoff and the ferry home.Yes it is very hot but thunderstorms forecast for next week?

      1. Hi Wanda,
        Well we are in the South but over the other side(Languedoc)I love Nice and lucky you for
        Being there!Just arrived at our holiday place and at last it is cooler with some breeze.
        After enormous hassle got the WiFi to work so can watch the scores next week.

  7. Cilic will win it all this year, Sadly our champ is not in form but I hope he can find a gear more and prove me wrong.

  8. A good draw but all the big serves are in Roger’s section unfortunately. I would like to see Roger bring Coric back down to earth coz Halle to me Roger lost on key points but overall he was close. Things will get slippery from quarters onwards, Querrey has been knocking defending champions past 2 years. Cilic looming at semis, hope Roger pace himself and peak at right time.

  9. Although the draw isn’t too bad but can’t say I’m happy. If you look at how the betting odds moved after the draw you know who’s got it easy, yet again. Obviously first round will give us more info but at this stage I have to pick Cilic vs Djoker for the final. I think Fed will have tougher time this time getting through to semis

  10. I am afraid that I don’t see Fed getting past Coric/Cilic.The Coric match will probably be a five set affair which wil tire Fed out for a really tough Cilic match.In some ways Coric is as much of a threat as Delpo,perhaps more as he is
    Younger.We must hope Jonathan’s prediction is right and that he goes out early.

    1. A five set match at Wimbledon is very different than a three setter at Halle. Fed should’ve wrapped it up in two and in fact, he played better than Coric. He will be fine, as long as they both keep their end of the deal and make it to round 4.

      1. Yes ,you are right of course,and if Fed meets him in the quarters he will be fresh and up
        for it.

      2. Cincy, yes. I’ll make sure I sell the tickets off in time just in case Fed starts getting some strange scheduling ideas.

    2. Even if this were a 3 set rematch (Grass, Hard, Clay), I still do not see Coric repeating his win V. Fed.

      Roger’s conditioning is no less than what it was rewound 18 months ago and fresher still (Clay season break > Off season).

      If he could play 3 five setters, a 4 setter and straights back when, then he can safely stay with Cilic thru 5 sets after a Coric 4 setter.

  11. Happy he’s not running into Australia’s special K with a full tank of rocket fuel in the early rounds. Should they meet in the finals, I give the edge to Roger.

    Also I think DelPo has the slight edge over Cilic in the mental department V. Roger and just in general.

    So very satisfied with the draw.

  12. Well, Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon at the 11th hour. Strange that he didn’t know what he was capable of yet. I think his crazy run to become #1 did him in. Will he ever play at the same level again?

    1. Why wait until the draw is announced ?At least he is unseeded this time so won’t mess up the draw like he did at the USO.I don’t think that he will get back to that level.From a personal point of view that is no great loss as I find both him and his tennis boring.On a more worrying note Andrew Castle has been put on suicide watch?

    2. Ah, how old is he? Maybe just take a year off to recover fully, and then may be better (i.e. in less boring playform) than ever. That’s to hope for? If so, I would like him to be a high level contender to outweigh for example Djoko, Delpo and even Rafa.

      1. I much prefer him to Djoker and co. I think he is hilarious. All those antics on the court. Oh dear about AC.

  13. Looking forward to the tennis in the next 2 weeks. Hope Roger has a good start, I never like the first match
    He looks as though he has lots of energy. thought his press interview was funny but you have to wonder what
    kind of person says you look more handsome…….I’m just glad to know that he’s sexy!!!!! x

  14. Roger Federer to win Wimbledon 2018. BOOM. Called it. Nailed it. BOOM. 🙂 🙂

    Hey all, just wanted to give a shoutout to Roger and all of you sweet people ofcourse, especially seriously The Greatest Sweetest Nicest Roger Federer Fan Of All Time: Dolores 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Ps: not Title 100, so a bit less pressure means Roger will go all out on winning it, especially since you know who is closing in after winning RG for the 100th time.

    Talk to you all veryyyy soon 🙂

  15. Wimbledon is special.
    Roger Federer the G. O. A. T. !
    Beautiful tennis and excitement for the next couple of weeks.
    Go Roger!

  16. Federer Nike era is over but he still wears their shoes…he is with Uniqlo now and wearing their clothing on center court right now

  17. I think this is good news in terms of Roger playing until at least 2020…I expect Federer to play Tokyo in the first week of October in 2018 and 2019, and play the Olympics in Tokyo in July/August 2020, as he is now the global ambassador of Japanese based Uniqlo

    By the way some people dont like that he has changed, but good for him getting the $

    Also Uniqlo supima cotton t shirts are the most comfortable and best fit t shirts ive ever worn, and great value for money

    Good luck for Wimbledon Roger!


    – Federer is assured of $300 million from Uniqlo at $30 million per year even if he doesnt play which is unprecedented (he has earned $117 million on court his entire career)…but my guess is he gave them a promise he would play until at least Tokyo Olympics
    – Nike were given the chance to match the deal but declined
    – As part of the deal the Federer team can add extra sponsor patches to his shirt, further increasing the $ he can make by wearing the shirt, which Nike didnt allow

    I dont think anyone would turn down that deal, especially someone who is in the final years of playing

    Well done Roger

    1. I wonder what he can sell a patch for during Wimbledon, price per match? Be insane. See if he comes out with Jura, Sunrise and Credit Suisse patches in Round 2.

  19. Coric heading out, a nice bonus after an ideal opening match for Roger!

    Little energy used and a confidence builder.

  20. Jonathan knows tennis and was right on with what he stated about Coric and Wimbledon. I watched that match and Coric fell apart the commentators were shocked how poorly his Coric’s tennis was. Coric was seated 16th but lost 7-6, 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile Federer looked incredible in his first match. We fans were worried about Coric but I know Jonathan didn’t think the worry was necessary.

    1. Haha a good guess by me. I dunno why fans were worried about Coric, before Halle his record was poor on the surface, he put together a good tournament with a good serving week and baseline play, was a flash in the pan.

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