The Wimbledon Draw was released and boy are there some ones to watch!
Novak Djokovic (1) is the favourite, with many players missing Wimbledon this year. Bookmakers have him as even money vs the rest of the field.
We all know Rafa failed to fulfil vs the field, so will it be the same for Djokovic, or will Djokovic reach 20 titles and sit amongst the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 titles too...
Amazing 1st Round Matches!
Novak Djokovic v Jack Draper
The Brit who defeated Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik last week is facing the world no 1! The Brit has nothing to lose, but is it just too much pressure? Or will it be Djokovic v Musetti result again?
Gael Monfils (13) v Christopher O'Connell
Monfils likes to peak at Wimbledon, but this was a couple years ago. Monfils has not been the same since. He has not been motivated and does not seem to be in the right frame of mind like he used to be. O'Connell has a 65% win rate on grass, which is actually higher than Monfils (59%). Could this be an upset?
Jannik Sinner (19) v Marton Fucsovics
Neither have been in hot form, but Fucsovics always loves a long match. He always loses himself mentally, and Sinner does not have much to show on grass at all. Fucsovics is one of those players who plays well against great players, but lowers himself when he plays people lower in the rankings than him. Definitely a match to watch!
Andy Murray v Nikoloz Basilashvilli (24)
Murray will have the crowd behind him, but will that be enough to trouble the 24th seed? Basilashvilli has been looking good in the lead up to Wimbledon, and honestly should dethrone Murray here. The bookmakers are likely receiving money for Murray purely because people are betting with their heart on their head. The world no 28 should win here.
Alex De Minaur (15) v Sebastian Korda
De Minaur reaching the final of Eastbourne, but is he gassing himself out? De Minaur cannot rely on free points on his serve, and that is where Korda could trouble the Australian.
Nick Kyrgios v Ugo Humbert (21)
Finally! Nick Kyrgios humbles us with his presence! Kyrgios has only played a couple of tournaments in the last couple years, all in Australia, where he defeated Ugo Humbert in 5 sets, saving match points. A match like that is sure to affect the young Frenchman's mentality, but it is enough to tear down Humbert's superb form?
Taylor Fritz (31) v Brandon Nakashima
Nakashima has all the hype as a great up-n-comer in the ATP Tour, but the bookies have Nakashima as a good favourite. Fritz has performed well on grass in the past, boasting a 7/3 record in 2019, holding a title at Eastbourne. Fritz is apparently the underdog, so this could well be an 'upset'.
Alexander Zverev (4) v Tallon Griekspoor
You may be wondering why this matchup is here... Griekspoor is one of those players, especially against Zverev, to edge the mentality like Oscar Otte did, winning the first two sets of this year's French Open 1st Round. It is unlikely Zverev will lose, but Griekspoor may surprise him with the first set or two.
Daniil Medvedev (2) v Jan-Lennard Struff
Struff won on grass in straight sets two weeks ago, and now he is a long underdog? Struff should be able to win a set, and it does not seem like Medvedev has the poise down pat just yet. It is unlikely Struff will win, but to win a set or two is likely.
Roger Federer (6) v Adrian Mannarino
With Mannarino making the SF on grass this week, it is possible Mannarino has the game to knock Federer off his pedestal. Federer has definitely been overvalued, not having any notable wins since his comeback. He loves Wimbledon, but it could be hard on his knees, especially since he withdrew from Roland Garros. Could this be Federer's last grand slam?