October 3, 2022

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited following the withdrawal of Matteo Berrettini.

Rafael Nadal will play Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 on Center Court on Tuesday, while Stefanos Tsitsipas will headline the men’s singles on Court 1. The full bottom half of the draw is scheduled for the first round on the lawns of London, with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Diego Schwartzman, Denis Shapovalov and #NextGenATP stars Holger Rune, Lorenzo Musetti and Jack Draper also in action.

First half matches that were not completed on a rainy Monday will also be played.

ATPTour.com takes a look at some of the matches to watch on Day 2 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

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[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) against Francisco Cerundolo (ARG)

Nadal’s meteoric start to the 2022 season has put him in a new position at Wimbledon. For the first time, the Spaniard enters London halfway through the Grand Slam – winning all four majors in the same season. Nadal brings a 30-3 season record into the event, with four tour-level titles in tow.

“In general terms, it’s been an incredible and positive six months in terms of tennis results,” he said in his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday. “I like it because it was unexpected. But now is the time to continue, if I am able to be better with my body. The main thing for me is to continue enjoying my daily work and my game. day to day. tennis.”

Although the 36-year-old doesn’t want his physical health to be the focus during the tournament, he reported positively on that front before opening his campaign. A new treatment for his chronic foot injury has relieved pain both on the pitch and in his daily life.

“Pretty happy with how things have turned out,” he said. “In the past two weeks I haven’t had one of those terrible days where I can’t move at all.”

Like Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz – both Monday’s first-round winners – Nadal did not play any grass-court events in the build-up to Wimbledon. But he’s no stranger to the box – the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion is making his 15th major appearance.

Nadal’s success at WimbledonYears
Champion 2 (2008, 2010)
Finalist 3 (2006-07, 2011)
Semi-finalist 2 (2018-19)

“Happy to be here,” he told reporters. “Loving to play on the grass after so long. [It is] always a challenge, the transition.

“Compared to other surfaces, you have to think a little more under control to know what can happen. Every time you go on the court, you can lose, you can win. It’s a little more predictable when you have the story in the previous weeks.”

Nadal also has no history against world No. 41 Francisco Cerundolo, who is among the highest-ranked men on Pepperstone’s ATP rankings that he could have drawn in the first round. The 23-year-old Argentine qualified for the semifinals at the Miami Open presented by Itau in March and also reached the semifinals in Rio de Janeiro in February.

Entering Wimbledon at a career high in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings, Cerundolo picked up victory on grass at two events in Great Britain before Wimbledon. He beat Spaniard Pedro Martinez at the Queen’s Club in London before losing to local favorite Ryan Peniston, and lost a straight-set decision to American Tommy Paul last week at Eastbourne.

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[4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) against. [Q] Alexander Ritschard (SUI)

Unlike Nadal, Tsitsipas played in three grass events last month, saving his best for last. After defeats against Andy Murray (Stuttgart) and Nick Kyrgios (Queen’s Club), the Greek went all the way in Mallorca. He won his first title on grass by defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in a third-set tie-break in the ATP 250 final.

“I think my preparation is good in terms of matches,” he told the media on Sunday. “That’s what I wanted from the very beginning, to have a lot of matches on grass. That’s what I think I’ve achieved in the last two weeks, to get as many matches on grass as possible.

“I think the first few tournaments probably weren’t what I expected in terms of matches, but I managed to pick up on last week’s performance in Southern Europe pretty quickly.”

Tsitsipas holds a 3-4 record at Wimbledon, his fourth round in 2018 was his only trip beyond the first round. But he never doubted his abilities on the grass, where he now has a 14-10 overall record.

“People were a little doubtful that I could play on grass, I think it’s fair to say. I never doubted myself. I said – I insisted, in fact – that I I could play on that surface, and it remains one of my favorite surfaces that tennis has to offer. I was pretty confident about that… I like to play on grass, probably more than on clay .”

The fourth seed is widely regarded as one of the best clay runners in the game, so this statement is not to be taken lightly. Last season he reached the Roland Garros final and then lost to Frances Tiafoe two weeks later in his first grass court match of the year at Wimbledon. Analyzing this loss, Tsitsipas felt that he had not adapted to the new surface and instead continued to play as he did on clay.

This year he has honed his tactics on grass.

“I love playing on these courts,” he said. “I love the serve and volley game, getting in as much as possible, slicing, attacking. It’s good.”

Tsitsipas is yet to face world number 188 Alexander Ritschard, who won a pair of three sets to qualify. The 28-year-old is at a career high in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings and will play the first match of his career at tour level on Tuesday. A run to the final of an ATP Challenger Tour event in Forli, Italy in February is his best result of the 2022 season; he lost to Britain’s Jack Draper in a third-set tie-break in the title match.

Also in action

Auger-Aliassime, seeded sixth, faces a tough opening test against American Maxime Cressy, who advanced to his second tour-level final last week at Eastbourne. The Canadian, who pushed Nadal to five sets in the fourth round of Roland Garros, posted a 4-2 record at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Halle in the build-up to Wimbledon.

Fritz, who beat compatriot Cressy in the Eastbourne final, opens against Italian Musetti #NextGenATP. The duo’s first meeting was at Wimbledon in 2018, when Fritz won in four sets. The 11th-seeded American leads his ATP Head2Head series 3-2, both losses on clay.

Holger Rune will be looking to build on his Roland Garros quarter-final in his opener, with the 24th seed seeking his first grass-court victory of the season against Marcos Giron. #NextGenATP star Jack Draper will face Zizou Bergs in his opening match, a year after taking a set against Djokovic on his Wimbledon debut. Rune, Musetti and Draper are third, fourth and fifth respectively in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan, behind only Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.

Twelfth seed Diego Schwartzman is set to open against American Stefan Kozlov, while 13th seed Denis Shapovalov will take on Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech.