McNamee: "Rafael Nadal has a difficult path at Wimbledon"

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McNamee: "Rafael Nadal has a difficult path at Wimbledon"

After the draw for the Wimbledon, it is already time for predictions and possible pairings before the final on 10 July. The pairing reserved for Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were less easy, the first two seeds of seeding.

The Serbian risks a very difficult and equally spectacular match in the quarter-finals against Carlos Alcaraz, while for the 22-time slam champion the main obstacles are Marin Cilic in the round of 16, Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16 and Berrettini in the semifinals.

Two other stray mines for the Spanish champion could be NextGen Holger Rune and Taylor Fritz, the first player capable of beating the Majorcan in 2022. In a post on his social channels, the former world number 1 of doubles Paul McNamee commented on the difficult path that separates Rafa Nadal from his 23rd slam, which would allow him to hook Serena Williams and move to -1 from Margaret Smith Court, absolute record holder in terms of majors.

"It's a tough road for Nadal, a former semi-finalist potentially in the second round, and the players in form on the grass practically all in his half of the board, except for Hurkacz and the only player who cannot be on his side," wrote McNamee.

Rafael Nadal: hunt for third success at Wimbledon

Nadal is looking for his third success on London grass after two in 2008 and 2010. A success that has therefore been missing for the Spaniard for 12 long years and which, in an incredible year like this, in which for the first time in his career he managed to reach Wimbledon having won the first two slams of the season, could not turn out to be a goal.

so unexpected. However, the opponent to beat is still Novak Djokovic, six-time champion and holder of the last three editions of the English tournament. The 22-time Grand Slam champion, after beating Stan Wawrinka, finished his preparation for Wimbledon after losing to Auger-Aliassime at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic.

On Friday, Auger-Aliassime, ninth in the standings, beat Nadal 7-6 (6) 4-6 10-3 at the Hurlingham Club.