Preview: Federer, Nadal Start Wimbledon Campaigns On Day 2
Second seed Roger Federer and third seed Rafael Nadal kick off their pursuits for another Wimbledon title on a busy Day 2 of The Championships. Fifth seed Dominic Thiem and eighth seed Kei Nishikori also compete in their first grass-court matches of the season.
With a 95-12 record at Wimbledon, Federer can hit triple digits in match wins if he reaches the semi-finals. He'll first need to get through South African Lloyd Harris, who makes his main draw debut at The All England Club. Federer is the only player in the tournament, man or woman, to compete at The Championships for a staggering 21 years in a row. The Swiss hasn't lost in the opening round here since 2002.
Nadal plays his first match since winning his 12th Roland Garros title (d. Thiem) when he meets Yuichi Sugita. The Japanese is at his best on this surface, having won his lone ATP Tour title two years ago in Antalya (d. Mannarino). The Spaniard has suffered a few early upsets at this event, but reached the semi-finals last year and becomes extremely dangerous once he gets going. When Nadal has cleared the opening week, he has reached the championship match on five of those eight occasions.
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Thiem also hits the court for his first match since his second consecutive runner-up showing at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal), but the Austrian won't have it easy against Sam Querrey. The American reached the semi-finals here in 2017 and finished runner-up last week in Eastbourne (l. to Fritz). Thiem leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-1, but this will be their first grass-court meeting.
Nishikori takes on Brazilian Thiago Monteiro and looks to continue his success at majors. The Japanese has reached the second week in 11 of his past 12 Grand Slams. Nishikori recorded his best showing at this event with a quarter-final finish last year.
Other notable matches on Day 2 included ninth seed John Isner against #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud. Isner is playing his first match since suffering a broken left foot during the final of the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Federer).
Italian Fabio Fognini, seeded 12th, plays #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe and No. 13 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia meets Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in a battle of grass-court experts. Cilic finished runner-up here in 2017 (l. to Federer) and Mannarino won his first ATP Tour title last month on the grass of 's-Hertogenbosch (d. Thompson).
ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, 2 JULY 2019