Rafael Nadal, 2008 and 2010 titled, is drawn in a loaded quarter by the championship and in the same half as eight-time former winner Roger Federer. Defense champion Novak Djokovic, a four-hour winner at the All England Club, overwrites the top half of moves with last year's finalist Kevin Anderson, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The drawing ceremony held at the All England Club on Friday morning has Nadal in the same section of draw as No. 29 seed Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Bernard Tomic. Early popcorn battles include fifth seed Dominic Thiem against Sam Querrey, No. 12 seed Fabio Fognini against Frances Tiafoe, 2017 runner-up and No. 13 seed Marin Cilic versus Adrian Mannarino and No. 27 seed Lucas Pouille versus Richard Gasquet.
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Popcorn first round matches in the short term
Anderson v Herbert
Thiem v Querrey
Tiafoe V Fognini
Cilic against Mannarino
Tomic v Tsonga
Kyrgios v Thompson
Fritz v Berdych
Pouille v Gasquet
If Nadal, who plays Yuichi Sugita in the first round, must complete Roland Garros-Wimbledon's title double for the third time ( 2008, 201
Djokovic, who raised Wimbledon's crown ranked No. 21 in ATP Rankings last year, will open his campaign against Philipp Kohlschreiber and be able to meet No. 16 seed Gael Monfills, MercedesCup finalist and No. 19 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime or 2014 semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round. Should Djokovic reach the quarter-finals, World No. 1 may possibly challenge seventh-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who went on to fourth round in 2018, or No. 11 seed Daniil Medvedev.
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Federer, the second seed who wants to add to his 20 Grand Slam championship crowns, competes at the All England Club for the 21st year. With a 95-12 record on the grass park, the Swiss superstar will open his campaign for a ninth trophy against Lloyd Harris. The 37-year-old who caught a 10th Noventi Open trophy last week could face Pouille or Gasquet in the third round, No. 14 Seed Borna Coric in the fourth round, and potentially eighth seed Nishikori or ninth seed Isner in the quarter-finals . Federer has gathered the best record on grass (181-26, .874) in Open Era and has raised a title of 19 titles, according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone.
Fourth seed Anderson, who beat Federer in last year's quarter-finals ahead of a 26-24 fifth set finish against Isner in the semifinals, continues his comeback from an elbow injury and takes Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round. He can face the 2015 finalist and No. 15 seed Milos Raonic or two-hour former quarter-finalist Wawrinka, No. 22 seed, in the fourth round. Sixth seed Zverev, a two-part quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, turns Jiri Vesely first, while No. 10 seed Karen Khachanov, who also features Anderson's quarter-draw, takes over Soon-woo Kwon in the first round.
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