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Wimbledon Draw 2019: Federer and Nadal in the Bottom Half

The Swiss will start his SW19 campaign against Lloyd Harris on Tuesday

The 2019 Wimbledon draw has just taken place and Federer and Nadal are both in the bottom half which means a potential semi-final clash for the pair.

The Swiss will start his campaign on Tuesday against Lloyd Harris and you can see all his projected opponents below based on seedings below.

Federer's Projected Opponents

  • Round 1: Lloyd Harris
  • Round 2: Jay Clarke / Noah Rubin
  • Round 3: Lucas Pouille
  • Round 4: Matte Berrettini
  • Quarter Final: Kei Nishikori
  • Semi-Final: Rafael Nadal
  • Final: Novak Djokovic

Full printable PDF draw.

Thoughts on the Draw

Wimbledon Draw 2019

First up for Federer is Lloyd Harris. The South African cracked the top 100 for the first time in his career this season and made the second round at the French Open a couple of weeks ago.

I know very little about him but he's played two grass events this season losing Mischa Zverev in Halle qualifying and then James Ward in Eastbourne. He has zero pedigree on the surface and I can't see him playing that well on it so it's a routine start for Federer. Harris has a decent looking forehand but avoid that and it should be plain sailing.

Round two is then either British Wildcard Jay Clarke or Noah Rubin who came through qualifying. I'm not sure who is favourite in that one, for Clarke, it's going to be difficult to not think about potentially playing Federer on centre court in front of a home crowd but if he can put that to one side he should make it competitive.

Rubin has momentum from qualifying so he's probably my pick to come through in four or five sets. He's playing his first Wimbledon main draw and doesn't have too many weapons in his game but he's quick and will run down balls so that could be enough to get it done.

Whoever Federer faces he's a huge favourite. Perhaps he'd prefer Rubin given he played him once before in Australia but I can't see either guy really posing too many problems.

The third round is where it gets a bit more interesting with Lucas Pouille as the projected opponent although he faces Richard Gasquet in the first round which won't be easy.

Pouille played reasonably well in Stuttgart and then lost to Medvedev in three tight sets at Queens so he's no mug on grass courts having made the Quarter Finals in SW19 back in 2016. After what we are all expecting to be two comfortable matches, Roger would need to up his game to avoid any problems against the Frenchman.

For the fourth round, Borna Coric was the seeded opponent, but with his withdrawal on Saturday, Matteo Berretini has been moved into that spot. On form, you'd say Berrettini has a realistic chance of making the fourth round and he looked to have a nice game for grass from what I saw in Halle.

Into the quarterfinals and Kei Nishikori is the highest seed in the third quarter. Kei made the quarterfinals here last year but he's hard to predict and with Isner, Berdych, Di Minaur, Fritz and Struff all in his section it's very open.

I would think Struff has a good shot to come through that section as he's had a stellar season so far and has the weapons to do damage on the grass. Again that would require Roger to be on his guard as Struff can take the racquet out of your hands with his serve and forehand but he's inconsistent and only has one way to play so hard to see an upset should they meet.

For the semi-finals, it's Nadal as the top seed but he's landed in a heavily loaded quarter and has Kyrgios as a potential round 2 clash, Cilic as a fourth round and Thiem in the quarterfinals. Not easy but I expect his section to open up.

With Nadal in Federer's half, that, of course, means Djokovic as the man in the other half of the draw and he has Anderson as the 4th seed in his half.

Predictions and Expectations for Federer?

Get those first two matches out the way in routine fashion and look to move into the second week without too much hassle. From there let's see what happens. No doubt the seedings will be ripped apart by 8 pm this coming Thursday anyway so there's no point looking too far ahead! 

How will the Laver Cup 2019 team perform on grass?

laver cup team 2019

What do you guys think of the draw? Predictions for Federer, if any? As always the floor is yours. I will see you guys Tuesday for Federer's first match ๐Ÿ™‚

Jonathan

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 tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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    1. Yep…No wonder Nadal was bitching about Wimbledonโ€™s seeding system. His draw is a killer! I mean Kyrgios knowing Nadal awaits in the 2nd round will do his best to reach there just to have a chance at Rafa lol…

      1. He has to get there first.I think he has someone really on form in the first round.
        I think Tsonga is more of a threat to Nadal,especially the way he was serving at Halle.
        But will he choke on the big points?

      2. The seedings didn’t change anything for Rafa, he could have got Roger anyway and the rest was luck of the draw.
        What the seedings did do was push Anderson up to No. 4 and give Djokovic a cakewalk draw. I’ll be amazed if Djokovic doesn’t make the final.

      3. I get my info from TL ๐Ÿ™‚

        I understand that if Rafa even had played one match on grass, he would have Roger’s draw??

        Also on TL, Rafa Humble Not So Humble and the Great Uncle Toni who won’t rest a day in his life until his nephew overtakes Roger even if it cost his nephew his health and injury, moan about the seeding (aka Roger), but no one talkes about Anderson being moved up too. They all make it about Roger, but he is not the only one… right??

        And yes….. No Satan and D*per love on this side of Holland ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. @James

      How can you say the seeding didnโ€™t change a thing ? Nadalโ€™s draw is harder on paper than Fedโ€™s…The rounds before theSF matter too.And Noleโ€™s draw isnโ€™t that easy either: Kholi, Dimitrov, FAA, Monfils, Tsitsipas/Medvedev, Raonic/Zverev…All those can beat him on their day.

      1. Doubtful. Novak’s draw is significantly less challenging than Roger’s (and yes Rafa’s is the toughest road)!

      2. What are the chances of a player getting the same first-round draw in 2 out of, what, 4 (or 3?), consecutive years in a slam? Poor Kohli …

    3. @Katyani

      Itโ€™s pretty obvious Nadal is just mad for himself, not at the draw system in general. Pretty hypocritical of him tbh.

      1. Hey Dancy & Robert, I agree. I don’t like the guy AT ALL. I did warm up to Rafa at Laver Cup, but I knew back then too that it would only be a matter of time before he was his old self “a humble not so humble whiner and gamesmanship player”.
        Like I said, no love for him AT ALL on this side of Holland.
        He deserved a tough draw after the soooo many easy draws he got.

  1. Ps: It’s never good enough for Roger fans is it?? His draw looks too easy (??) and Roger doesn’t do easy draws that well ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Fed can go out to Stakhovsky or Seppi in slams too. So what?
        If you are one of greats, every match is on your racket, isn’t it?
        Instead of analyzing potential strengths of outsiders, think about what Fed can deliver on grass, no matter the opponent ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Hey PRF, I may write “lets go for 21”, but trust me…. I AM ALREADY ON 25 ๐Ÿ™‚

        THAT is how much faith I have in the love of my life ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. PRF…. mock me all you want…. you will bow to me when Roger wins his 25th GS ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. look not bad on paper but nadal semi again? this time roger will win or may be nadal cannot make it quarterfinals and semi look open

    1. Take care of Thiem. Thiem can play against Nadal – if he reaches QF, this will be their first meeting on grass. Be prepared for Thiem because this is no more the young Nadal and it’s not clay.

      1. @Dancy
        Yes, he has the toughest first round from all Top10, I guess. But my point is, if you cannot defeat anyone in first round, cannot think about going deep.
        Why shouldn’t he pass through Querrey?
        I know, Querrey is good on grass. But this is history. Querrey is still about the same and will not play new things. Thiem is not the same as 2017, when he reached round 4.
        Yes, Querrey hit 33 aces in the match against … Fabbiano, still losing one set, in which he hit 15. So probably the serve his only weapon. Thiem can hit lots of aces on fast court too. .
        The match will be decided by return quality .
        Maybe he fails on Querrey. So what? Grass is not (yet) his biggest surface but actually we don’t know. He was not so good on hard courts so far, but started the year with defeating Fed in IW.
        Nadal and Fed must come first into second round, the third a.s.o. Everyone must.
        We have 128 players in first round. Only 64 will play in the second ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I would not cry if Thiem loses in first round (you would if this happens for Fed). The only interest Thiem have in Wimbledon, is … to beat Nadal>Federer>Djokovic – nice job. Querrey may be his hardest challenge.
        Thiem plays his best matches on big stages. If he not loses in first (like Miami, Rome).

      2. @Jon I know Querrey is quite well on grass. But i watched him playing Fritz in Eastbourne and he was far from good. And I don’t know, what Thiem will play. Tricky first match ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Rafa loses before to Thiem but you must cheer for him he comes there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or you prefer Rafa for opponent in SF?
      Rafa is not going to win Wimbledon. Rafa may pull out if he has some trouble with knees, abdomen, whatever.

  3. As night follows day we can be sure that Nadal will be in n Feds half๐Ÿ˜Š
    However Nadal for once has a tricky draw so that Halle win was pretty important.
    Tsonga and Kyrgios in Nadals quarter where they would have been in Feds.
    Still draws can open up but it is hard to see anyone beating Dkoker before the final-unless Kholi does it in the first round.

    1. How do you know, Halle win was important? You cannot assume, the draw would be the same, with only one change – Nadal 2., Fed 3.
      Kyrgios is no more a serious tennis player.
      Tsonga is.

      1. Well from a Federer supporters point of view most would agree that it is better Nadal plays Kyrgios whether he is serious or not.Ditto Tsonga.

      2. As you know, I’m another kind of supporter. My hero needs to play so well, it’s neutral for him, who’s the opponent. If he cannot, he loses. You are religious supporter. Federer MUST win because other GODS/GOATS are coming. That’s the difference.

      3. The Halle win was obviously important. It also let Fed know well ahead of time when he was playing, so he can plan his arrival, schedule and practice all ready for playing on Tuesday.

  4. Draw seems pretty balanced.
    Quite rare.
    Everybody is looking to NK v Rafa encounter, but NK has Jordan Thompson who is having some good runs on grass this season, so it’s not a lock in my opinion.
    Novak with an easy section, but got Kohli to start things at centre court. Tricky.
    Roger’s draw is solid.
    Might have some early tests and I think it’s positive.
    Go Roger!

    1. Again…I donโ€™t see how Novakโ€™s quarter is any easier than Fedโ€™s… both are quite on the same level of difficulty I think. Nadal though…

      1. If you look at head-to-head and who has been difficulty for players in their history and these Novak opponents on grass and their current form, he (Novak) has a much easier road to the final.

      2. It’s hard to predict past the second round. Even the first round is full of surprises.
        Rafa’s draw is a good example. He can have Sugita, Kyrgios, Tsonga, Cilic, Thiem.
        But he can also have Sugita, Thompson, Shapovalov, Mannarino, Querry.
        We’ll have to wait and see.

      3. @Shmeltz
        Yep. Or he can have – Sugita, Jonathan, me, my aunt and my dog ๐Ÿ˜‰
        It’s easy to predict “on paper”. And how can we predict, if not on paper?.
        On the end – we must wait and see.
        That’s the whole sense of predictions.
        The easiest prediction is about who wins the title. If you predict, Fed wins, why to predict, what happens in 6 round before?
        But we would not be fans, if we would not predict/speculate ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s emotional, not rational.
        Imagine you use dice or coin for prediction.
        What do you do, if it shows, your hero loses in first round? You toss the coin until it shows, he will win, right ๐Ÿ˜‰

      4. Agree. I think Federer’s draw is the easiest. The hardest opponent until the semis is Nishikori who has not been playing well of late. For Novak, there’s more recognizable names and even Aliassime looks very tough. Granted that should he advance to the semis, his opponent is not Nadal, but most of these big players are really vulnerable early and Federer has been handed practice matches for the first 2-3 rounds.

  5. Wow that was super quick draw post as if you already knew it, Jonathan!
    Doable yes but the easy draw had not been so promising in the past. So one round at a time. But…wish for No.9.

  6. Being from South Africa, I hope we won’t have anything resembling the Anderson clash of last year. I have always liked Anderson, but when Fed is playing, nationality always takes a back seat.

      1. Whatever the passport, Anderson’s game is ugly, Fed’s is beautiful. So small is the difference ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Decent draw. Has nothing to fear against Rafa specially on grass, and to be fair I don’t think Rafa will make it that far.

      1. I like the way Rosol, Darcis, Kyrgios, Dustin Brown, and Mueller and then Djokovic feared Nadal.

      2. But Pablo, clay and grass are two VERY different surfaces, and Roger holds the advantage on grass with a 2-1 H2H. Most of Nadal’s wins were on clay, so…

    1. Nah not interested in doubles. Be full of jingoistic commentary as usual. Bad enough when you get then lauding Fed every 2 mins. Even worse when Murray is on British TV.

  8. Looks very good for FED until the semis:
    * No Kyrgios / Auger-Alliasime / Tsitsipas in the early stages
    * Hopefully Rafa will be kicked out in R2
    * Djoker has a competitive quarter/ half but still I am afraid he will reach the final.
    => time to equalise one of the lost Wimbledon Finals 2014 or 2015 in 2019 !!!

  9. Good draw for Roger. In fact it is a good draw for Djoker as well. They should both make the semis. Nadal could be beaten along the way, most likely by Thiem which will not be an upset really. Anderson most likely will not make the semis from his section. Of course we would all like Roger to win this and everything he plays. He does have as good a chance as anyone else in the draw and he should be the second favorite behind Djokovic to win this year. I hope Roger wins as this, like we have been predicting for last 5 years, could be his last real chance to win another big one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Goodness me,What on earth does Sascha look like in those ridiculous glasses.
    Is this the reason he has been losing so much recently-he just can’t see,either the ball or his opponent!
    Is that Fognini on the end?
    Nadal seems to have misplaced his legs.
    All in all not the best photo๐Ÿ˜Ž

    1. Yes, terrible photo indeed. They look more like a group of dum-dums on their first outing together (and not… shhh… a combined worth of more Mโ‚ฌ than you can shake a stick at)
      Since digital photography was invented, the average quality of photographs has never been so bad. I could go on about this all day but I wonโ€™t…

      Ah, yes, the draw: the first interesting match should be against Pouille. He just beat Nadal at Hurlingham, though Nadal looked slow on his movement. But itโ€™s an exhibition tournament, so maybe that means nothing.

      1. Right. No depth, poor framing (2 persons cut partly. Looks like bad collage. But Rui, this is default today, isn’t it?
        Yes, Nadal was slow at Hurlingham, unlike Thiem with Jarry – this one was a good match, not exhibition-like.
        I would be not surorised, if Rafa withdraws last minute.

      2. Withdraw????? Why??? Just saw a interview of him and he is healty and thus pretty confident

    2. Sasha wears glasses since young years. In the matches he uses contact lenses. Like Djoker or maybe Djoker passed a surgery and does not need contact lenses anymore.

      1. @Jon
        Eye laser surgery is not more risky than extracting a tooth ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had 2 (for catarract), with replacement of the lenses. You can even correct lost accomodation (happens to every man after 40).
        I was using cintact lenses for tennis and car driving before. The comfort after the surgery is incomparable.
        The same intravitreal injections. Sounds bad but you get local anelgesia in drops and after 2 hours you forget the thing.

      2. As I understand it, laser surgery a) only corrects defective vision (i.e. resets to 20/20), but won’t stop it from changing again in the future, and b) may make your night vision worse.

      3. @Allison
        Laser correction is not what I meant. I meant replacement of lenses. But undergoing laser correction may be the first step. If effects are not satisfactory, lenses replacement is the next and effects are for a lifetime..
        Whatever – you have still the option to wear special glasses (like Hyeong Chung or Janko Tipsarevic), which additionally protect you before dust, insects, UV and can have different filters against sun reflexes a.s.o.
        Contact lenses are not so comfortable and have some longterm risks.

      4. I don’t know of any tennis stars in particular but I do know several sports stars have had successful laser treatment. It is quite true about the fail rate but any basic short sight is quite easy to correct. As rich as they are, they would simply use the best surgeons whose fail rate is virtually nil, you get what you pay for.
        Some years ago I managed to get a food offer for laser eye treatment from one of the top surgeons in London, making it a really reasonable price, and everything went so well. One friend had it done at a high street optical express the other day and came out looking like he’d been in a fight. You get what you pay for and whe it comes to your eyes, it’s worth taking care. Interesting that he had not had all the aftercare procedure I had.
        On the walls in the clinic I went to, there were several brilliant reviews of sporting personalities that recommended it.

      5. @Tennisfan
        Food offer was more funny ๐Ÿ˜‰ First I thought, maybe you produce some high quality food and offered the surgeon your food as a part of payment ๐Ÿ™‚
        Just in case – we have very good eye surgeons in Poland and probably the price is lower than in London.
        They replace lenses in quite old people (70 years or more) and the fail rate is very very low.
        Reliability is very high, the whole thing takes 15 minutes and you are only not allowed to drive a car 2 hours after the surgery.
        You can get a common virus infection and it’s worse.

  11. Fantasizing about Roger winning in a 5th set tie break against Djokovic. Novak loses it when Roger lifts the trophy with the crowd going wild. Novak starts to rip handfuls of grass out and begins to stuff it in his mouth. He begins to choke as Fed and everyone looks on in disbelief. The paramedics arrive to pull out the grass and dirt from his mouth but alas it’s too late. His mother is screaming, “the King is dead”.

    1. I would like Djokovic to lose early hopefully to FAA, but it would be nice to see Roger beat him after can’t remember when after the last Cincy win. His mom screaming and the choking on stuffed grass sound like a nice dream. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I feel Roger has a good chance to make to final if first week goes smoothly. Johnathan, if I need to queue for ground pass for men’s final, how early should I start to queue? Thank you.

    1. My impression is that not that many people queue for ground passes on the day (unless a Brit’s playing), so maybe not that bad?

    1. Also, Struff is now seeded and removed from Roger’s section.
      It was pretty much a swap between the two of them.

  13. It’s a good draw for Federer for once. If he was 27 I’d be feeling pretty confident. But, the question is how he can deal with the endurance aspect. He had 2 early-ish exits on the last 2 hard court slams, but I thought he was really good at the FO this year. And really he did well vs Nadal in those garbage conditions. He broke Nadal a few times and the first 2 sets were high quality.

    Kyrgios should hopefully be motivated and stop the stupid stuff in the 1st round to push Nadal a bit. That will make for some good viewing Thursday (!)

  14. Bit worried about the humidity & heat – hope heโ€™s prepared to downgrade the importance of appearances & dump water on his head at the changeovers. A wet shirt (white, natรผrlich) put on over the regular playing shirt, flapping a bit in the breeze, can help too.

    Re Djokovic – in fairness, I thought he gave a measured, cogent, thoughtful response about the whole Council thing.

    Re the whole seeding brouhaha – such a tempest. Itโ€™s not like itโ€™s new or unknown. Whatโ€™s the pupose of seeds anyway? To keep the โ€œbestโ€ players away from each other until the later stages of the tournament, & not knocking each other out in R3. Wimbledon, understandably, wants that to apply to the โ€œbestโ€ ON THEIR SURFACE, which is recognized to play somewhat differently, so they apply a mathematical formula to account for best-on-the-surface. I agree with whoever it was that said the greater story – & if the adjusting is about justice, then the greater injustice – is that they donโ€™t apply the same formula for the women.

  15. Decent draw, my only wish is he goes deep. Djoker seems to have free pass till semis donโ€™t see anyone capable of challenging him. The players council series of resignation may distract him. As for Nadal, hope the focus NK will show up.

    1. The best Fed’s opponents pull out just before the match, Nadal gets exited by Nick, Novak gets injured a.s.o. So Roger can have another Wimby trophy, with zero value.
      For the trophy to have some value you need to go there over a series of good wins against good opponents.

      1. Pablo, agreed.
        No one remembers Rafa’s cakewalk in USO 2017.
        Roger at least had to beat a top 20 and a top 10 players.

  16. @Jon and Eveeryone

    I have a problem with my local broadcaster to watch Wimbledon. Assuming I use VPN to omit geoblocking, which paid live stream service in UK or elsewhere would you recommend?

      1. Thank you, Jon. Can you give me direct link to the appropriate BBC service? There are many ๐Ÿ™

      2. I have registered and landed here. I can see the list of matches to be streamed since 12.00 or 14.00 (Center Court) (UK time, I guess?) But nobody asked me so far to pay anything. Is this for free??

      3. An ignorant question: so even if you don’t pay TV licence fee, BBC is free to watch using vpn?

      4. Well, you’re supposed to be a licence holder to watch. So you shouldn’t watch if you don’t have one. But it’s a stealth tax to fund a state propaganda machine so feel free to tune in ๐Ÿ˜€

      5. Well, Jonathan, I’m on VPN, I’m, signed but no live streams, only live scores and similar. You told Wanda about TV licence. Do I need it to get live stream from BBC? If so, can I buy it (and where?) not being British citizen?

      6. What VPN are you using? They will block some IP ranges.

        You also should use a clean browser for it that hasn’t had any cookies set from previous BBC visits.

      7. I use AVAST Secureline VPN. Thanks for hint about cookies. So I need first to clean the browser, enable VPN, so I get a cookie for UK IP and then remember not to open BBC page when I’m not on VPN. thanks for hints. I will try it out with a browser, I’m not using regularly).

      8. Thanks, will try for sure.
        BTW – the only GS, which is not streamed on EurosportPlayer, which is comfortable and cheap (4 EUR for one slam.
        Finally my provider started to stream, but 3 channels only. So if at the same time Federer, Nadal and any Polish player is on court, they will not show Thiem. So I need some backup solution in any case..
        Thanks a lot for assictance ๐Ÿ™‚
        Is Brave a VPN+Browser solution or browser only?

      9. Brave is a privacy-focused browser only. Blocks ads and a lot of third-party trackers. Not good for sites that rely on ads ๐Ÿ™‚

        I just use it for clean browsing experience if I need to see a non-cached site without clearing my Chrome cache etc. Their idea is that publishers will get paid BAT tokens from users instead of getting ad clicks for revenue. It will never take off though for mass adoption.

      10. This is crazy. Nothing works, because to register I need an address and phone number, which I cannot have. No matter I use VPN or not. I tried the same for SKY Deutschland. They need an address in Germany.
        OK, I must stay with my local provider and hope, he streams Thiem’s matches. If not, I will watch Fed only.
        Maybe the situation gets better, when the last Pole is exited ๐Ÿ˜‰
        If not, I will wait for Thioem’s QF with Nadal or SF with Fed ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Thank you, Jon, very very much. You saved my life ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have a package paid at a Polish provider and they say the package covers Wimbledon. But I can find so far only archive videos. Nobody answers in Call Center, nobody answers e-mail. Poland is a Bantustan or worse ๐Ÿ™
    Are you going to watch Fed live at Wimby from tomorrow until the final?

  18. Although it didn’t help before in Asia somehow, Windscribe now works all right in Europe, thanks to you, Jonathan.
    But is NordVPN better? Any good reason to switch to?

  19. Zverev and Tsitsipas are putting out the red carpet in Djoker’s half and quarter respectively.
    First round exits for these lads.

      1. Wondering whether Tsitsi was still suffering from whatever was ailing him in his last match at Queen’s?

      2. Disappoointing? Their egos are killing them. They should learn from Fed, how to use own ego for winning.
        Zverev has (thanks, Mr. Lendl) confidence below 0. Tsitsi has confidence below zero (now) but still believing to be better than Big3 all together.
        Their play is 200% readable. No more bonus for “upcomers from nowhere”.
        They need to understand – not the number of coaches with big names make them great players. Gib ego sometimes helps, sometimes ruins their game.
        They need to fall from Top20 and start to limb gradually. There are/were only few, who could shock the world one day and remain shocking over 20 xears.
        They should think now – well we are on the level of Fabbianos and Veselys.
        Not an upset – this is our game. Point
        Soincerely yours
        WFI

      3. “Tsitsi has confidence below zero (now) but still believing to be better than Big3 all together” Agreed, you could clearly see that after Nadal took him to school in the AO. His press conference was laughable, he was putting some weird excuses like “I don’t know what happened”, “he has this strange talent, he makes you play bad”. No boy, the 18 GS and 34 M1000 champion simply outplayed you, deal with it.

    1. At the time of Wimbledon you all (maybe not personally you, I can’t recall) to go for title (while it was against Nadal and Djokovic) Easy to understand.
      Do you want now some young takes the title and there is no 21. for Fed? Do you?
      Or you need some young to oust Nadal and Djokovic?
      If you want Thiem to reach QF and oust Nadal, take care. Thiem is 2:0 this year vs. Fed. 4:2 vs. Big3. Not only on clay.
      Yoi want a contradiction. You want Thiem to lose to Querrey (because he could be a treat for Fed) and at the same time to win, because he could oust Nadal.
      I still understand you.
      I for once was happy with Zverev and Tsitsipas so early, because they are next neighbors of Thiem (and Fed) in the ranking.
      Some of Muphy laws say “your point of view depends of your point of sitting” (or something like this)

  20. Maybe those two should ditch their coaches, Lendl and Mouratoglou.
    Go Felix! And nice to see Popsicle back after back surgery.

    1. The two needs to get grounded. There are no coaches able to bring you to slam crowns. You need to do it yourself.
      Don’t expect Felix to have a deep run here. Nice boy, very focused and patient. He has maybe big future. But he needs time to collect experience. You don’t win slam crowns without experience.
      This is not ladies’ tennis, where everything is possible.
      WFI

  21. Something clearly not right in A Zer world. I can’t imagine
    a worse coach for him than IL. He needs someone who will
    make him enjoy his game again the way Dom T has changed.
    Tsi and Patrick M….a match made in heaven ugh!!!!
    Anyway enough of this rubbish C’mon Roger x

  22. Ego is necessary to develop star-dom. But you have to cultivate it into serving you right. Those set-ups of the young-stars may be a very good lesson into that. Hopefully. – As so many say, love to play is the main thing

  23. Thiem is out already. Of course Querrey didn’t really win but Thiem handed over one gift after the other…

  24. The young guys who want to break into the realm of the top 3, need to understand that they have won so many not just by talent and hard work, but mainly because they have insatiable desire to be the best and the intense hunger to win. To win a slam you have to be physically fit, play great, get a good draw, and will your way to victory even on your off day.

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