Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal faces possible Roger Federer semifinal in hard draw

Serena Williams has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles one behind the all-time record held by Margaret Court for over two years

Serena Williams has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles one behind the all-time record held by Margaret Court for over two years

Nadal is ranked No. 2, and Federer No. 3, but that was reversed by Wimbledon's seeding system, which takes into account grass-court results over the past two years.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were set up for a potential semifinal at Wimbledon in Friday's draw, while Serena Williams was placed in what shapes up as by far the toughest quarter of the women's field.

Second seed and eight-time victor Roger Federer opens against Lloyd Harris while Rafa Nadal could face Nick Kyrgios in round two.

Meanwhile New Zealander Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen have enjoyed the benefits of being the third seeds at Wimbledon, by avoiding any big guns in the first round.

Nadal, who comes in on the back of his 18th Grand Slam singles title after winning his 12th French Open which included beating Federer in the semi-finals, will do well to reach the last four.

Nadal should have little trouble with his first round opponent, Yuichi Sugita of Japan, but after that things become more perilous.

Unseeded for the first time since his stunning win as a teenager five years ago over Nadal, It was barely two months ago that Kyrgios branded Nadal "super salty" in an extraordinary attack on some of tennis's biggest names. Considering he emerges from those tussles, he could face Croatia's 2017 Wimbledon singles finalist Marin Cilic in the last 16.

During last year's Grand Slam tournaments, Sharapova reached the third round of the Australian Open, the quarterfinals of the Roland-Garros in France, was knocked out in the opening round at the Wimbledon and reached the fourth round stage of the US Open.

But unlike last year when he arrived at Wimbledon ranked outside the top 20 after one of the most hard periods of his career, only to silence the doubters to win a fourth title, the 32-year-old looks at the peak of his powers.

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Federer was controversially seeded second ahead of Nadal, the 2019 French Open champion, despite the Spaniard being ranked second in the world ahead of the 20-time Grand Slam victor.

The most intriguing first-round matchup in either the men's or women's bracket involves the other Williams sister: Venus, 39, will take on 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the half-century Open era.

While Djokovic begins his campaign against 35-year-old German Philipp Kohlschreiber, Federer opens his against Lloyd Harris of South Africa. Additionally, she recently stated that it would be fantastic for her to face one of the Williams sisters who have always inspired the teenager.

She has already met both of them but will now have the opportunity to test her mettle against one of her heroes.

This year's version of Wimbledon begins Monday on the storied grass courts of the All England Club in London, the only Grand Slam played on grass.

The 11 who were younger all got spots in the draw via direct entry, rather than qualifying.

"I have no expectations really", Gauff said. "My parents never put any limitations on my goals and told my to shoot as high as I can".

A particular challenge lurks in the fourth round with 22-year-old Borna Coric, who beat Federer twice last year, including the final in Halle.

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