By Ros Satar

  • Defending champion Novak Djokovic looks to edge closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
  • Seedings put World No. 2 Rafael Nadal behind Roger Federer
  • Top Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson
  • British Interest: Kyle Edmund [30], Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Paul Jubb [WC], James Ward [WC], Jay Clarke [WC}
LONDON, UK – Defending champion Novak Djokovic comes in as the top seed, as he looks to edge ever closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Slam tallies.

 

[1] Novak Djokovic

After an epic Roland Garros semi-final that had gale force winds, early exits from the venue and needed two days to finish, Djokovic has opted for his usual practice of a couple of more light-hearted matches amongst the well-to-do and the cougars of Stoke Park and a couple of rounds of tennis at The Boodles.

It does not give us a whole amount of insight into his game, but he still has it within himself to add to his current total of 15 Slam titles this year and sneak closer to the rest of the Big Three.

Djokovic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Philipp Kohlschreiber | Djokovic leads 10-2
  • R2: Malek Jaziri | Djokovic leads H2H 1-0
  • R3: Dusan Lajovic [32] | Djokovic leads H2H 2-0
  • R4: Gael Monfils [16] | Djokovic leads H2H 15-0
  • QF: Stefanos Tsitsipas [7] | Tied at 1-1
  • SF: Kevin Anderson [4] | Djokovic leads H2H 8-2
  • F: Roger Federer [2] | Djokovic leads H2H 25-22

 

It does not look too bad a draw for Djokovic, who has commanding head to heads through to the fourth round, and perhaps his first challenge could be Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Kevin Anderson’s seeding based on his runs over the past two years put him in a good slot but he simply has not had the matches after struggles with injury this year to really make a solid run here.

 

[2] Roger Federer

Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2018

Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2018 | (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Federer made his customary warm-up stop at Halle, winning the title there, and will no doubt have earned his bump up in the seeding for Wimbledon.

Federer’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Lloyd Harris | First meeting
  • R2: Gregoire Barrere [Q] | First meeting
  • R3: Lucas Pouille [27] | Federer leads H2H 1-0
  • R4: Matteo Berrettini [17] | First meeting
  • QF: Kei Nishikori [8] | Federer leads H2H 7-3
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [3] | Nadal leads H2H 24-15
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1] | Djokovic leads H2H 25-22

 

As Federer searches for that elusive 21st Slam, on paper he looks set for another deep run at Wimbledon. Should Rafael Nadal reach the semi-finals, the you would have to give the Swiss the edge over Nadal who has opted not to play any kind of warm-up on grass. However, you would still have to fancy Djokovic’s chances of catching up to the pair of them if it came down to a final.

 

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[3] Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal in the third round of Wimbledon 2018

Rafael Nadal in the third round of Wimbledon 2018 | (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The record-extending Roland Garros made everyone realise just how close he is to catching up Federer in terms of Slams won, and he could well catch up. But maybe not here!

Nadal’s Path to the Final (Rankling/Seeding)

  • R1: Yuichi Sugita [Q] | First Meeting
  • R2: Nick Kyrgios | Tied at 3-3
  • R3: Denis Shapovalov [29] | Tied at 1-1
  • R4: Marin Cilic [13] | Nadal leads 6-2
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [5] | Nadal leads 9-4
  • SF: Roger Federer [2] | Nadal leads H2H 24-15
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1] Djokovic leads 28-26

 

So much has been made about the fact that Nadal was seeded behind Federer using the seeding formula but in truth, since he last was a factor in the finals here, he has significantly under-performed to his seeding and so in truth had no real basis for complaints and had it not been for his run to the semi-final, his seeding could have been a lot worse with the formula.

The biggest banana skin in the draw will be Nick Kyrgios. Always unpredictable, this is the toughest part of his draw that chucks up a couple of the young’uns before he looks to have the measure up to the semi-final. You cannot back against Federer on grass, if Nadal makes it that far.

 

[4] Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2018

Kevin Anderson in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2018 | (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Last year’s finalist Anderson gets a real benefit from the seeding formula, bouncing up four places from eight to No., 4 seed. However, with his continuing injury woes, it seems more an act of faith.

Anderson’s Path to the Final (Rankling/Seeding)

  • R1: Pierre Hugues Herbert | Anderson leads H2H 1-0
  • R2: Yoshihito Nishioka | Anderson leads H2H 1-0
  • R3: Guido Pella | First meeting
  • R4: Milos Raonic [15] | Tied at 1-1
  • QF: Alexander Zverev [6] | Zverev leads H2H 50
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [1] | Djokovic leads H2H 8-2
  • F: Roger Federer [2] | Federer leads H2H 6-1

 

On first look Anderson’s draw could be quite kind to the lanky South African. Things start to get quite sticky from the quarter-finals for Anderson and with many points to defend, it looks to be a bit of a rocky road.

 

Wimbledon takes place between 1-14 July.

 

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