Australians Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson will sq. off within the first spherical at Wimbledon virtually definitely for the proper to tackle the nice Rafael Nadal, whereas Ashleigh Barty will launch her Wimbledon title assault towards world No.43 Zheng Saisai.
Kyrgios will play in-form compatriot Thompson with the reward for the victor a probable confrontation with 18-time grand slam champion Nadal.
Unseeded for the primary time since his beautiful win as an adolescent 5 years in the past over Nadal, a possible sequel with the Spaniard was the discuss of the All England membership after Friday’s draw.
It was barely two months in the past that Kyrgios branded Nadal “tremendous salty” in a rare assault on a few of tennis’s largest names.
Recent off his 12th French Open triumph this month, Nadal wants no added motivation to place Kyrgios again in his field, having hit out at Wimbledon officers over his seedings demotion.
The world No.2 was controversially relegated to 3rd seed behind eight-time champion and world No.three Roger Federer.
The 2 grand slam giants may sq. off within the semi-finals.
First, although, Nadal should get previous Yuichi Sugita after which Kyrgios or Thompson.
Whereas Kyrgios can be favoured to win his opener, the previous quarter-finalist has received just one match this grass-court season, with Thompson six from seven and into this week’s semi-finals in Antalya.
Alex de Minaur, Australia’s solely seed within the males’s occasion, will open his marketing campaign towards Italian Marco Cecchinato.
Driving a 12-match successful streak, Barty – Australia’s first prime seed since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003 – may have drawn a a lot lower-ranked participant than Zheng.
However ought to she win, Barty’s first large check is prone to come towards former champion and one-time world No.1 Garbine Muguruza within the third spherical.
Defending champion Angelique Kerber or seven-time winner Serena Williams are Barty’s projected quarter-final opponents.