O Brazilian tennis player Thiago Monteiro must have a difficult return to the grass courts of Wimbledon, Grand Slam in London, which start this Monday. This Friday, the number 1 in Brazil and 81 in the world was unlucky in forming the singles bracket and was drawn to face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, seed 16 right away.
The difficulty of the Brazilian tennis player, however, is the fact that he has not made any preparation for Wimbledon, while the Canadian reached the final of the ATP 250 in Stuttgart, Germany, where he only lost to Croatian Marin Cilic, and made semi at the ATP 500 in Halle, also on German soil, the week before, after eliminating Swiss Roger Federer.
Should he surprise Felix Auger-Aliassime, Thiago Monteiro could then face French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who starts against Swede Mikael Ymer. In this quadrant is the French southpaw Ugo Humbert, unexpected champion in Halle, who makes his first game against Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Brazil’s number 1 will play Wimbledon for the third time. He went straight into the bracket in 2017 and spent a round, crashing on his qualifying debut the following season and breaking the qualifier in 2019 before playing three sets against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, then 7th in the world, on his debut.
If at Roland Garros, in Paris, Roger Federer fell on the same side as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, at Wimbledon the situation is quite different. The Spaniard didn’t even make it to the tournament in London and the Serbian, currently No. 1 in the world, fell on the other side of the bracket, leaving the Swiss veteran as the only representative of the “Big 3” at the bottom of the bracket.
Federer’s debut will be against the French Andrian Mannarino, against whom he has played six times and won them all, two of them on the grass of the All England Club, in which the Swiss passed without fear in straight sets. The former world number 1 lost just one of 16 games he played against his first opponent at Wimbledon.
Although he is in a moment of doubt about what he can do in the competition, the Swiss had an interesting draw and their biggest obstacle to reaching the last 16 is local Cameron Norrie, seed 29. Even at this stage, the Spaniard Pablo Carreo Busta and the Italian Lorenzo Sonego does not seem to be a huge challenge for Federer yet.
Only if he makes it to the quarterfinals will he have a hard time, and then he could face Russian Daniil Medvedev, second pre-qualified, who has a complicated debut against the German Jan-Lennard Struff. World number 2 can still cross with young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the second round, Croatian Marin Cilic in the third and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16.
The path also looks very promising for Novak Djokovic to reach the decisive rounds of Wimbledon, the tournament in which the current champion, as he won the historic title in 2019 and the competition ended up not being disputed last season due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
The Australian Open and Roland Garros champions will have a curious debut in front of British guest Jack Draper, a 19-year-old southpaw who was a surprise at Queen’s last week. If he maintains his widespread favoritism, Djokovic could be reunited with Kevin Anderson in a row – he has already beaten the South African three times at Wimbledon, including a straight-set comeback in 2015 – and reach Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, head 30. Frenchman Gael Monfils or Chilean Cristian Garin, and the quarters have Russian Andrey Rublev, a finalist at Queen’s on Sunday, as the main candidate.
The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas was on the upper side of the bracket and so the recent Roland Garros final could be repeated in the semi Head 3, his biggest result on the grass at Wimbledon was the round of 16 of 2019. His first opponent will be the American Frances Tiafoe and then whoever passes from Canadian Vasek Pospisil and Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.
Two-time champion Andy Murray, who needed an invitation to enter the main draw, makes his debut against Georgian head 24 Nikoloz Basilashvili and, if he wins, will then take on a tennis player from qualifying. Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Frenchman Pierre Herbert are the strong names in this quadrant. The spot in the quarterfinals also includes the experienced Roberto Bautista Agut and the American giant Reilly Opelka.