Wimbledon 2022: Men’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

Take a look at the 2022 Wimbledon Men's Singles draw- With Novak Djokovic heading the draw, who will win it?

Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic

The 2022 Wimbledon Championships will commence on June 27 and will be contested without Russian and Belarusian players. Novak Djokovic will headline the top half of the draw while Rafael Nadal will be the highest seed in the bottom half.

Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: Wimbledon 2022
  • Date: June 27 – July 10, 2022
  • Number of Entrants: 128 (Singles), 64 (Doubles)
  • Venue: London, Great Britain
  • Surface: Grass Court
  • Prize Money: £40,350,000
  • Defending champion: Novak Djokovic

Top Seeds at the Wimbledon 2022

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Casper Ruud
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime
  • Hubert Hurkacz
  • Matteo Berrettini

Men’s Singles Draw Preview

First Quarter

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will play Soonwoo Kwon in the opener and will then play either Kamil Majchrzak or Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round. He is drawn with 25th seed Miomir Kecmanovic, who opens against John Millman. Alejandro Tabilo and Laslo Djere are also in the first bracket. Djokovic is expected to face Kecmanovic in the third round.

Reilly Opelka, who can be very lethal on grass, will play Carlos Taberner in the first round and will face either Federico Delbonis or Tim van Rijthoven in the next round. 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili will face Lukas Rosol in the opening round and will face the winner of the match between Benoit Paire and Quentin Halys. Basilashvili and Opelka could meet in the third round with the winner expected to face Djokovic the Round of 16.

5th seed Carlos Alcaraz gets a tough first-round match and will face Jan Lennard Stuff. He will then face Fabio Fognini or Tallon Griekspoor in the second round and is drawn with Oscar Otte who opens against Peter Gojowczyk. Jay Clarke and Chris Harrison also find themselves in Alcaraz’s bracket. The 19-year-old Spaniard is expected to meet Otte in the third round.

Italian 10th seed Jannik Sinner faces Stan Wawrinka in a blockbuster first-round clash with the winner facing either Daniel Altmaier or Mikael Ymer in the second round. 2-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray also is in the top half and will face James Duckworth in the first round. Murray will mostly face John Isner in the second round and Jannik Sinner in the third round.

First Quarterfinal Prediction: Novak Djokovic vs Carlos Alcaraz

Second Quarter

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

Third seed Casper Ruud has been handed a very easy draw and will face Albert Ramos Vinolas in the opening round. He will face either Ugo Humbert or Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the second round and is drawn opposite Sebastian Baez. The Argentine faces Taro Daniel in the opening round and will face either David Goffin or Radu Albot in the second round. Baez and Ruud are projected to meet in the third round.

16th seed Pablo Carreno Busta will open against Dusan Lajovic and will face either Alexander Bublik or Marton Fucsovics in the next round. Either Frances Tiafoe, Andrea Vavassori, Aljaz Bedene, or Maximillian Marterer will move into the third round to face Pablo Carreno Busta.

7th seed Hubert Hurkacz, who won at Halle last week, will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in a tough first-round match. He is then expected to meet Federico Coria who faces Jiri Vesely in the first round. 30th seed Tommy Paul will lock horns against Fernando Verdasco with the winner facing either Max Purcell or Adrian Mannarino.

Brit 9th seed Cameron Norrie will open his Wimbledon campaign against Pablo Andujar and will then face either Jaume Munar or Thiago Monteiro in the second round. Grigor Dimitrov will open against Steve Johnson and will face either in form Brit Ryan Peniston or Henri Laaksonen. The winner of this mini-bracket then faces Hurkacz in the Round of 16.

Second Quarterfinal Prediction: Casper Ruud vs Hubert Hurkacz

Third Quarter

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on qualifier Alexander Ritschard and then will face either Roberto Carballes Baena or Jordan Thompson. He is drawn opposite Filip Krajinovic, who opens against Jiri Lehecka. The winner will face either Paul Jubb or Australian showman Nick Kyrgios in the third round. Kyrgios, who is in amazing form is likely to prevail and face Tsitsipas in the third round.

13th seed Denis Shapovalov will face Arthur Rinderknech in the opening round and is expected to meet either Brandon Nakashima or Nikola Kuhn in the second round. Roberto Bautista Agut, who is seeded 17th will face Attila Balazs in the opening round and will face either Dominik Koepfer or Daniel Elahi Galan in the second round. He is projected to meet Shapovalov in the third round.

Defending finalist and 8th seed, Matteo Berrettini will open his campaign against Cristian Garin and will then face either Marc-Andrea Huesler or Hugo Grenier. 29th seed Jenson Brooksby will take on Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening round with the winner facing the winner between Benjamin Bonzi and Zdenek Kolar. The winner of this little bracket will face Berrettini in the third round.

12th seed Diego Schwartzman will lock horns against Borna Coric in the first round and is then expected to meet Liam Broady or Lukas Klien in the second round. Alex de Minaur faces Hugo Dellien in the opener while Jack Draper will take on Zizou Bergs. De Mianur and Schwartzman are expected to meet in the third round with the winner set to face Berrettini in the Round of 16.

Third Quarterfinal Prediction: Matteo Berrettini vs Nick Kyrgios

Fourth Quarter

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal will headline the bottom half of the draw and on his return at All England Club, he’ll face Francisco Cerundolo in the opening round. He will then face Ricardas Berankis or Sam Querrey in the second round. In the third round, he is drawn opposite Lorenzo Sonego, who opens against Denis Kudla. Alexei Popyrin and Hugo Gaston are also in the last bracket of the draw. Nadal will most likely face Sonego in the third round.

Former finalist and 14th seed Marin Cilic will open his campaign against Mackenzie McDonald and could face either Richard Gasquet or Jaoa Sousa in the second round. Botic Van de Zandschulp will open his Wimbledon campaign against Feliciano Lopez and will then face either Emil Ruusuvuori or Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round. Cilic and Botic are projected to meet in the third round with the inner taking on Nadal in the fourth round.

Felix Auger Aliassime will face Maxime Cressy in a very tough first-round battle and will then face either Jack Sock or Bernabe Miralles Zapata in the second round. Dan Evans will open his campaign against qualifier Jason Kubler and would face either Facundo Bagnis or Dennis Novak in the next round. Felix is expected to face Evans in the third round.

Taylor Fritz will face Lorenzo Musetti in yet another cracking opening round match and will then face Alastair Gray or Chun-Tsin Tseng in the next round. 24th seed Holger Rune will face Marcos Giron in the opening round and either Pedro Martinez or Alex Molcan in the second round. Fritz and Rune will meet in the third round.

Fourth Quarterfinal Prediction: Rafael Nadal vs Felix Auger Aliassime

Semifinals

Matteo Berrettini
Matteo Berrettini

Top seed Novak Djokovic will face Hubert Hurkacz in the first semifinal. Djokovic is the hot favorite to win the tournament but Hurkacz too is one of the better players on the grass. She reached the semifinals at Wimbledon last year too and has an amazing forehand to back up his serve. Expect a good match with Djokovic entering yet another final.

The second semifinal will be played between Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini. While Nadal is the best player of the season so far, Berrettini has been unbeatable on grass this season. In the last two seasons on grass, the Italian has lost only one match and has won 3 titles in addition to a runner-up finish at Wimbledon. Having said that, it is still difficult to beat a fit Nadal. The Spaniard is expected to reach his third grand slam final this year.

Wimbledon 2022 Final: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Final

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Two of the greatest players in men’s tennis- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will lock horns for glory at the All England Club. Djokovic has ruled Wimbledon for the last decade while Nadal hasn’t tasted any success during this time. However, Nadal is undefeated in majors this year and has defied all odds to win the Australian Open and the French Open. Having said that, Djokovic will have a slight edge given the nature of the surface. The Serb is expected to win his 21st major title at Wimbledon this year.

Champion: Novak Djokovic

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