Wimbledon is Roger Federer's best chance to win 21st slam: Mats Wilander

Wimbledon is Roger Federer's best chance to win 21st slam: Mats Wilander

Nadal's fears that he would be drawn in top-seeded favourite and defending champion Novak Djokovic's half of the draw - and face him in the semis - proved unfounded despite Wimbledon promoting Federer above him in the seedings.

The 27-year-old claycourt specialist is a counter-puncher who prefers to stay behind the baseline and use her shot selection and court coverage to grind down opponents. The No. 3 seed always faces the task of beating both men seeded above him - one in the semifinals, the other in the final. Osaka said the loss was a shock to her system. "It used to be different".

"It's just awesome to see a dynasty, and then there's another part that says, hey, let's get some other people in the mix here", three-time Wimbledon victor John McEnroe said.

Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the end of their men's singles semi-final match on day fourteen of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 8, 2019.

You can check the complete Wimbledon 2019 draw here.

In the women's draw, USA star Serena Williams was placed in the same quarter as defending champion Angelique Kerber of Germany, meaning they could stage a rematch of last year's final as early as the fourth round.

"Yes, I fall over, but grass sometimes is slippery". Thus, making allowances for grass-court expertise is no longer necessary.

"But we knew that the system was in place".

"In Hurlingham, I didn't play bad, just played against players that have been playing on grass for many more days, competitive start". I guess I benefited from that.

Williams' hunt for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam following maternity leave has twice ended in heartbreak but the American is still a force to be reckoned with at Wimbledon, where she will look to improve on last year's runner-up finish. "I think I see the normal evolution", he said. "Kevin Anderson got bumped up".

"I respect the Wimbledon rules", he said.

Nadal also appeared to send a message of protest to his own player association, the ATP.

His two defeats at Hurlingham, though, suggested he has work to do to rediscover his best as he faces what looks a fiendishly hard path in this year's event. "[We're] supposed to have something to say about [these] Wimbledon rules when we are giving them the maximum points possible in one event".

Yet the 18-times Grand Slam victor brushed aside the tumble which happened earlier in the week, telling reporters: "Yes, I fall over, but grass sometimes is slippery". The ATP did not protest when Wimbledon adopted its seeding formula.

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