Novak Djokovic is the defending champion (Picture: Any Chance/Getty Images)Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his Wimbledon title against Philipp Kohlschreiber and will avoid ‘Big Three’ rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer before the final.
Nadal, who starts against Yuichi Sugita, was controversially seeded behind Federer – despite the Swiss being behind the Spaniard in the ATP rankings – due to the All England Club’s seeding formula, which many have accused of being outdated.
Nadal, his uncle Toni, four-time champion Djokovic and Greg Rusedski all criticised the system after Federer was hoisted above the world No. 2 to be seeded second, guaranteeing he would avoid world No. 1 Djokovic before the final.
But it ultimately made little difference as Nadal landed in Federer’s half, while last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson – who takes on Andy Murray’s doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in round one – fell in Djokovic’s side.
Nick Kyrgios, meanwhile, is in line for a meeting with Nadal in round two. It’s a match that would be hotly anticipated given the Aussie’s verbal attack on the Spaniard, calling him ‘salty’.
Projected Wimbledon Last-16:
Djokovic v MonfilsMedvedev v TsitsipasAnderson v RaonicKhachanov v ZverevThiem v FogniniCilic v NadalIsner v NishikoriCoric v Federer
— George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) June 28, 2019
Federer will begin his quest for a ninth title against Lloyd Harris.
There are six British men in the main draw.
Top-ranked Briton Kyle Edmund could potentially meet Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas in round three but will fancy his chances in round one against Spain’s Jaume Munar.
Cam Norrie will meet Denis Istomin, while wildcard Paul Jubb – who has an inspirational backstory – meets Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
Dan Evans and James Ward could meet in round two if they come through matches against Federico Delbonis and Nikoloz Basilashvili, while Jay Clarke takes on Noah Rubin, with a potential meeting with Federer on the cards in round two.