Wimbledon Draw 2015: Complete Seedings and Bracket Analysis
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to bring out your all-whites and prepare your Pimm's: Wimbledon is about to begin.
Can Serena win her 21st Slam and keep the hope for a Calendar Slam alive? Can Novak Djokovic bounce back from French Open heartbreak? How many different takes can the British press have on an Andy Murray first-round win?
We're just going to have to wait and see how the fortnight plays out.
But, until then, here's a full draw breakdown and some fun predictions for Wimbledon 2015.
- Novak Djokovic
- Roger Federer
- Andy Murray
- Stan Wawrinka
- Kei Nishikori
- Tomas Berdych
- Milos Raonic
- David Ferrer
- Marin Cilic
- Rafael Nadal
- Grigor Dimitrov
- Gilles Simon
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Kevin Anderson
- Feliciano Lopez
- David Goffin
There are 32 seeds in both the men's and women's draw, and Wimbledon is the only Slam that doesn't stick completely to the rankings when it comes to seedings. Here are the top 16 in each draw:
Men's Favorites with an Easy Draw
Roger Federer (No. 2)
It's a widely held belief that the best chance for Roger Federer to win another Slam title will come at Wimbledon, and with this draw he will have a shot.
Federer could face young American Jack Sock (No. 31) in the third round and the grass-averse Gael Monfils (No. 18) or Tomas Berdych (No. 6) in the quarterfinals. The latter hasn't made it past the quarters at Wimbledon since making the final in 2010.
Federer is in a half with Andy Murray (No. 3).
Stan Wawrinka (No. 4)
it's hard to think about Stan Wawrinka as a favorite for Wimbledon, but the guy has won two of the last six majors, so that's just the brave new world we're living in.
Wawrinka should be pretty happy with his draw. The first seed the Swiss could face would be Dominic Thiem (No. 32) in the third round. After that he has David Goffin (No. 16) or Tommy Robredo (No. 19) in the fourth round, then Milos Raonic (No. 7) in the quarters.
Wawrinka is in top-seeded Novak Djokovic's half. If he's in form, the French Open champ could make it to his first Wimbledon semi—or beyond—this year.
Men's Favorites with a Tough Draw
Novak Djokovic (No. 1)
So, Novak Djokovic actually has a decent second-week draw, with Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal all in the other half.
However, his first-week draw is rough. He opens up against Philipp Kohlschrieber, who is the highest-ranked unseeded player in the draw. In the second round, he could face former champion Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his final Wimbledon. That will be an emotional affair.
In the third round, former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic (No. 27) could await, followed by Kevin Anderson (No. 14) in the fourth round, Kei Nishikori (No. 5) in the quarters and Stan Wawrinka (No. 4) in the semis.
Andy Murray (No. 3)
Andy Murray drew the short end of the stick this time as he's slated to play Rafael Nadal (No. 10) in the quarterfinals.
Other than that, Murray could face Andreas Seppi (No. 25) in the third round and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 13) in the fourth. He's in a half with Roger Federer (No. 2).
Murray's second-week path to his third Slam title could be: Tsonga, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic. Brutal.
Rafael Nadal (No. 10)
Nadal is a No. 10 seed, which means he was in a precarious place no matter what.
Nadal could face Viktor Troicki (No. 22) in the third round and David Ferrer (No. 7) in the fourth. Murray could await Nadal in the quarters, followed by Federer in the semis.
Women's Favorites with an Easy Draw
Maria Sharapova (No. 4)
Sharapova is in top-seeded Serena's half, which is bad news, but the good news is that she has a nice road to the semifinals.
The Russian's first seeded foe would be Irina-Camelia Begu (No. 29). Andrea Petkovic (No. 14), who is far from her best on grass, is her slated fourth-round opponent. Lucie Safarova (No. 6)—who did just beat her at the French Open—could await in the quarters.
Sharapova is trying to make it to the quarters or beyond for the first time since making the final in 2011, and with this draw, she should be able to do that.
Petra Kvitova (No. 2)
Petra Kvitova has won Wimbledon two of the last four years, and the Czech lefty hasn't lost before the quarterfinals since 2009. It's safe to say she loves this tournament.
Her draw this year loves her right back. Kvitova could face Jelena Jankovic (No. 28) in the third round, Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 13) in the fourth and Ekaterina Makarova (No. 8) in the quarters.
Those are all tricky players, but an in-form Kvitova should take care of them on grass. Kvitova is also in the half with the struggling Simona Halep (No. 3), which is a nice place to be.
Women's Favorites with a Tough Draw
Serena Williams (No. 1)
Serena starts out her quest for Slam title No. 21 against the relatively unknown Margarita Gasparyan of Russia. The first seeded opponent she could face is Caroline Garcia (No. 32) in the third round.
It gets quite a lot tougher from there, though. Serena could meet sister Venus Williams (No. 16) in the fourth round.
She could face Ana Ivanovic (No. 7) or former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka (No. 23) in the quarterfinals, and she's in a half with Maria Sharapova (No. 4). That's a wobbly tightrope to walk.
Simona Halep (No. 3)
Nothing is coming easily for Simona Halep these days, and last year's semifinalist—who just split from her coach Victor Ionita days before the draw was made—will have a hard time getting far in London with this draw.
The Romanian faces off against Jana Cepelova and then could get Monica Niculescu or Monica Puig in the second round—both very dangerous opponents, particularly for a player low on confidence.
Her first seeded opponent would be two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round, then she'd get former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki (No. 18) or French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky (No. 15) in the fourth.
Halep's projected quarterfinal opponent is Caroline Wozniacki (No. 5) or Angelique Kerber (No. 10), and she's in Petra Kvitova (No. 2)'s half.
Outlook for the American Men
There are only two American men seeded at Wimbledon this year: John Isner (No. 17) and Jack Sock (No. 31).
Isner, who is "celebrating" the five-year anniversary of his never-ending marathon match against Nicolas Mahut at All England Club, has a very clear path to the third round, where he could face U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic (No. 9).
Cilic is pretty unpredictable these days, so Isner should have a shot at making the fourth round, where he would potentially face Kei Nishikori (No. 5).
Sock opens up against the big-serving Aussie Sam Groth and then is on a collision course with Roger Federer (No. 2) in the third round.
Sam Querrey opens up against Igor Sijsling then could face Federer in the second round. Wild card Denis Kudla has a decent draw, opening up against Pablo Cuevas (No. 28), and Tim Smyczek starts out against the always entertaining Fabio Fognini (No. 30).
Donald Young might get a break: He's slated to play Marcos Baghdatis in the first round, but Baghdatis just pulled out of the semis of Nottingham with an injury.
Steve Johnson has a draw he might be able to navigate as well: The former USC star faces Lukas Lacko in the first round then could get the struggling Grigor Dimitrov (No. 11) in the second round.
A host of American men could make the second or third round, but anything more than that would be a (pleasant) surprise.
Outlook for the American Women
There are only three seeded American women at this Slam: Serena Williams (No. 1), Venus Williams (No. 16) and Madison Keys (No. 21)
Serena's draw has already been discussed; Venus opens up against fellow American Madison Brengle and could potentially get Sara Errani (No. 19) in the third round. That's a good path to the second week, but unfortunately then she's up against her sister Serena in the fourth.
Keys has a very nice draw and could make a second-week run.
Sloane Stephens, who is unseeded but played well to make it to the Eastbourne semis this week, has a somewhat decent path: She opens against Barbora Strycova (No. 27), a tricky but beatable player, and then could have French Open finalist Lucie Safarova (No. 6) in the third round.
Elsewhere in the first round, grass-court lover Alison Riske faces Safarova, Varvara Lepchenko drew Garbine Muguruza (No. 20), Shelby Rogers will take on Andrea Petkovic (No. 14) and Irina Falconi gets Karolina Pliskova (No. 11).
Christina McHale, Edina Gallovits-Hall, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nicole Gibbs, Coco Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis all play unseeded players to start the tournament.
Must-See First-Round Matches
- Novak Djokovic (No. 1) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
- Jarkko Nieminen vs. Lleyton Hewitt
- Donald Young vs. Marcos Baghdatis
- Dustin Brown vs. Rendy Lu
- Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Borna Coric
- Tomas Berdych vs. Jeremy Chardy
- Benoit Paire vs. Mikhail Youzhny
- Jack Sock (No. 31) vs. Sam Groth
- Daniela Hantuchova vs. Dominika Cibulkova
- Heather Watson vs. Caroline Garcia (No. 32)
- Sara Errani (No. 19) vs. Francesca Schiavone
- Madison Brengle vs. Venus Williams (No. 16)
- Belinda Bencic (No. 30) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
- Barbora Strycova (No. 27) vs. Sloane Stephens
- Alison Riske vs. Lucie Safarova (No. 6)
Wild Cards to Watch
Feliciano Lopez (No. 15)
Normally younger players are the ones thought of as wild cards, but in this tournament, 33-year-old Feliciano Lopez is one to watch out for at Wimbledon.
The Spanish lefty absolutely loves grass: all three of the major quarterfinals he's made in his career have been at Wimbledon.
He's in a good section of the draw, too, opening up against the former Rafael Nadal-slayer Steve Darcis, who has not been in form lately. He could face Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 20) in the third round and then be on track to upset Roger Federer (No. 2) in the fourth.
Lopez has been losing a lot of tight matches lately, but in the best-of-five format, a good draw and the magic of his favorite Slam will turn him back into the big-serving threat that he is.
Also dangerous: Nick Kyrgios (No. 26)
Madison Keys (No. 21)
Madison Keys has plodded her way through clay season, and now finally she's back on her best surface: grass. She has a great draw and is a real threat to make another deep run at a Slam this fortnight.
The 20-year-old's first slated seeded opponent is Eugenie Bouchard (No. 12) in the third round. Bouchard has been mired in an atrocious slump this year, and so Keys would be the favorite in that match.
In the fourth round, Keys could potentially face Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 14) or Elina Svitolina (No. 17). She's in a quarter with Petra Kvitova (No. 2); if they both make it that far, that would set up quite the blockbuster quarterfinal match.
Also dangerous: Victoria Azarenka (No. 23)
Predictions for the Men's Tournament
Novak Djokovic (No. 1) vs. Kei Nishikori (No. 5)
Nick Kyrgios (No. 26) vs. Stan Wawrinka (No. 4)
Rafael Nadal (No. 10) vs. Andy Murray (No. 3)
Tomas Berdych (No. 6) vs. Roger Federer (No. 2)
Nishikori vs. Wawrinka
Murray vs. Federer
Murray vs. Nishikori
Predictions for the Women's Tournament
Serena Williams (No. 1) vs. Victoria Azarenka (No. 23)
Maria Sharapova (No. 4) vs. Sloane Stephens
Angelique Kerber (No. 10) vs. Simona Halep (No. 3)
Madison Keys (No. 21) vs. Petra Kvitova (No. 2)
Williams vs. Sharapova
Kerber vs. Kvitova
Williams vs. Kvitova