Alcaraz reclaimed his world number one spot by winning Queen’s Club but now returns to Wimbledon to prove that he can bring his best tennis to the Grand Slam stage.
Alcaraz’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Jeremy Chardy | H2H: First Meeting
R2: Alexandre Muller | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Nicolas Jarry  | H2H: Alcaraz leads 1-0
R4: Alex De Minaur  | H2H: Alcaraz leads 2-0
QF: Holger Rune  | H2H: Tied at 1-1
SF: Daniil Medvedev  | H2H: Tied at 1-1
F: Novak Djokovic  | H2H: Tied at 1-1
A tough opening round awaits Alcaraz as he takes on Jeremy Chardy who is a player that has a big game to test any player on grass and can make the Spaniard rush his shots. After that opening test it should be relatively straightforward for Alcaraz although players like Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Alex De Minaur are obstacles that Alcaraz may have to be wary of if any of those three players hit their peak form. A match against Holger Rune could await in the quarter-finals although Grigor Dimitrov might have something to say about that with a semi-final against Daniil Medvedev looking unlikely given Sebastian Korda and possibly Stefanos Tsitsipas are bigger threats in that quarter of the draw. Overall, it won’t be a surprise to see Alcaraz as the biggest challenge to Novak Djokovic’s reign at Wimbledon even if the Spaniard still needs to prove himself consistently at Grand Slam level.
Medvedev has an extremely tough first week with Adrian Mannarino awaiting in the second round, a player Medvedev lost to in the second round of s-Hertogenbosch and a player who loves grass courts. That’s followed up by the s-Hertogenbosch champion Tallon Griekspoor in the third round. Should Medvedev make it to the second week then he has a decent chance of reaching the final four even if the in-form Sebastian Korda could be awaiting in the quarter-finals. Overall it’s a terrible draw for Medvedev who will class an appearance in the last 16 as a successful tournament.
Ruud’s grass court preparation has included playing golf and attending concerts after reaching a second consecutive final at Roland Garros, so it’s safe to say expectations are fairly low for the Norwegian heading into this year’s Wimbledon.
Ruud’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Laurent Lokoli [Q] | H2H: First Meeting
R2: Constant Lestienne | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Denis Shapovalov  | H2H: Ruud leads 2-0
R4: Borna Coric  | H2H: Coric leads 1-0
QF: Jannik Sinner  | H2H: Sinner leads 2-0
SF: Novak Djokovic  | H2H: Djokovic leads 5-0
F: Carlos Alcaraz  | H2H: Alcaraz leads 3-0
Ruud has a good opportunity to achieve his joint best performance at Wimbledon this year although a third round match against Denis Shapovalov or Lloyd Harris could prove too much for the Norwegian. Should Ruud reach the second week for the first time at SW19, then Borna Coric, Jannik Sinner and Taylor Fritz should prove too strong in the Norwegian’s bid to reach back-to-back Grand Slam finals.
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