Nine years after their epic clash in the final of the 2008 Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could come face to face in yet another Wimbledon final following the draw for the 2017 Wimbledon on Friday.
The draw at the All England Club yesterday established plenty of potentially intriguing match-ups along the way, too, including what appears to be a challenging draw for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who has not had the greatest stretch in the last 12 months.
Djokovic will begin against big-serving Martin Klizan, and then could face another power player in the third round in the form of 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who upset the Serb at the Rio Olympics last year. Beyond this, Djokovic might play Gael Monfils or Feliciano Lopez, who is coming off a grass-court title at Queen’s Club. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who embarrassed Djokovic in straight sets at the French Open.
Other possible men’s quarterfinals might pit seven-time champion Federer against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, who ousted Federer in last year’s semifinals, two-time winner Nadal against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray against this year’s French Open finalist Stanislas Wawrinka.
If all the seedings hold, Federer would lock horns with Djokovic in the semi-finals, with Nadal taking on Murray making it a Big Four semi-final. The quartet has combined to win each of the past 14 titles at Wimbledon.
The Women’s Single
As far as women’s singles field is concerned, the world number one Angelique Kerber might lose possession of her spot with four other women having an opportunity to usurp her – Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozaniacki, who already spent time on the top of the mountain.
The potential women’s quarterfinals match-ups are Kerber vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki, Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova and Halep vs. Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope for its first women’s Wimbledon champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th appearance at the tournament, has been drawn to face Elise Mertens of Belgium in the opening round.
Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two former champions in the women’s field. Williams’ sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off due to her pregnancy, while Maria Sharapova will be sidelines because of injury.