Wimbledon 2018 draw could be good news for Rafael Nadal

The Wimbledon draw is out.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, seeded second, will play Dudi Sela in the first round at Wimbledon. Top seed Roger Federer is on the other side of the draw.

The first seed our champ could face is Italian Marco Cecchinato. Diego Schwartzman or Fabio Fognini could play Rafa in the fourth round, while Juan Martin del Potro or David Goffin are the highest seeds he could square off against in the quarter-finals.

Rafael Nadal beats Matthew Ebden at Hurlingham Club in exhibition match (2)

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Dudi Sela
  • 2nd round: Mikhail Kukushkin
  • 3rd round: Marco Cecchinato
  • Last 16: Diego Schwartzman
  • Quarter-final: Juan Martin del Potro or David Goffin
  • Semi-final: Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic or Nick Kyrgios
  • Final: Roger Federer or Marin Cilic

Wimbledon 2018 projected men’s singles quarterfinals:

  • Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson
  • Marin Cilic v Grigor Dimitrov
  • Dominic Thiem v Alexander Zverev
  • Juan Martin del Potro v Rafael Nadal

Find the full gentlemen’s singles draw HERE.

Rafa reached five finals in as many appearances at Wimbledon from 2006-11, but fell short of QFs in five showings from 2012-17. He is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the 3rd time and equal Bjorn Borg’s all-time record of 3 back-toback titles in Paris and London. Borg achieved the feat in 3 consecutive years (1978-80), while our champ won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back in 2008 and 2010.

Who do you think has the toughest draw? Who has the best chance of reaching the final? Comment below!

Source: Wimbledon


  1. Rafa good luck Champ vamossssssssssss all the way you are the best player ever ,we love you vamosssssssssssssssss❤️❤️❤️🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️

  2. 🍀🍀❤️❤️🤞🏻🤞🏻🎾🎾💪🏼💪🏼😘😘

    VAMOS RAFA!! 😃

  3. Best of luck and success at W , you can do it and just focus one match at a time.
    Vamos and win win win 💪💪💪🍀🍀🍀

  4. Wishing you all the best champ Rafa. Hope you get it to the very end. May you find this moment as your best and be able to take home your third Wimbly trophy. God bless you champ Rafa.

    Vamos Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. I am a huge Rafa fan, but I try to be realistic too. Rafa just completed a clay season that exceeded my expectations. I really doubted that he could match last year’s but he did! I hope that Rafa can reach the fourth round, at least, since I believe that will allow him to keep the number one ranking even if Roger repeats. Rafa will drop 180 points and will gain them back if he makes the fourth round again. That leaves him only 50 points ahead, but as long as it is more than one.
    The weather reports for London are encouraging with hot weather and little rain. Those conditions may help Rafa. In the end, I want Rafa to remain happy and healthy. Last year was great except it ended with Rafa being hurt. i am hoping for a healthy Rafa and maybe the number one ranking too!

  6. Rafa all the very best for a great Wimbledon.

    Love and prayers,


  7. The draw for Rafa is comparatively favourable but stil unpredictable. There are some tough players in the last few rounds.. However very rarely does a draw progress according to that anticipated. There are always unexpected loses and unexpected wins and that can change everything. I can understand why Rafa always focuses on the next match only and does not look any further.
    As far as Rafa winning Wimbledon, I do not feel very optomistic although I would be over the moon if he did. All I hope is he gets to the quarter finals at least.
    I know he hates to lose and will give 100 percent no matter what but I do not think Rafa himself is all that confident of holding that trophy at the end.
    But if he gets to the second week that is a better result than he has had in recent years and if he
    still remains healthy then he will have the confidence to fight on to the finish.!!!

  8. As long as Rafa is healthy and pain free his chances are as good as anyone’s. Of course Rafa must have a sense of calm and good confidence as well. If all of these things are in his favor, well then I am happy for him. God bless you Rafa. Good luck to you as well. Love you. Marylynn

  9. I agree its a good draw for Rafa… Would like to see him past 4th round and break the jinx of the last 6 years… after that you never know. Maybe he will fire up and win it all… DelPo is a great player, but Rafa attacks his BH which is weak. I really doubt he will threaten Rafa. Djoko/Nick in Semi and Fed in final are different. But all 3-4 know each others game. If Fed reaches Final, he is the favorite to win even against Rafa. Of course I will be praying for a miracle though!!

  10. I saw the draw and i must say it could have been worse. We all know nadal doesnt like big servers. But i dont see karlovic, querry , muller, brown and cilic. My expectations are not big. I think the first four rounds are important if he wins them without big problems and reached the second week then he will build momentum. The first four rounds he has to watch out for RG suprise cecinato. The fourth round against Schwartzmann is tricky we saw in Paris that diego can hurt rafa. Also the big guys in nadal draw need to win their match also in other words if he reach the seond week anyting can happen

  11. Well with Rafa playing 2 games on grass to get ready it allows him to know what to work on to improve on that surface. He won 1 game and lost the 2nd but it also gave him info on how those other 2 men play what is their weakness and how they manage the tough shots that Rafa sent them and he now can analyze as to how he can improve on his grass surface playing and beat them. Rafa your fans out here are hoping for the best and are so looking forward to you playing and of course Winning. Remember to focus per shot ,find their weakness and play to it hard. Good Luck Rafa you are the best and you bring so much joy to those who get to see you play

  12. Just read that Rafa lost at Hurlingham to Pouille 7-6 7-5. Not sure what to make of this as far as his Wmbledon preparation goes. Did anyone see the match?

  13. The draw is ok. Not easy but it could be more difficult. All the best for the tournament. Vamos Rafa <3

  14. In what way can this be considered a good draw??

    Del Potro has a big serve, and both Kyrgios and the Djoker have beaten Rafa at W before, so they know how to do it.

    If Rafa is confident, that will help, so I hope he will forget his poor record since 2011, and focus on what we know he can do. If the love and good wishes of his fans could do it, he’s the champion.

    • Draws invariably change so I’m waiting to see how Rafa does the first week. He said he was going into Wimbledon with great enthusiasm, confidence and sufficient preparation. I am hoping he is well-rested after his clay season and ready to take on a very challenging surface and potentially tough early-round opponents.

      I want a Rafa who is in the zone.


    • I agree with Michele that I question what is good about Rafa’s draw. RF’s draw does not include any Grand Slam winners, whereas Rafa’s does, including Wimbledon winners, not to mention types like Swartzman and Fognini. Whereas, RF will head to the final without tiring himself. Seems also the grass is well-prepared for his game!

      Anyway, win or loose Wimbledon,

      Wamos Rafa, you are the best.

  15. Does anyone know if Rafa is still playing at Aspall today? He was scheduled to play the first match, but the live stream is showing Khachanov vs Dimitrov.

  16. I think Rafa’s draw is very favourable. He doesn’t have Marin Cilic in his half and most of the big servers are in the top half of the draw. There are a few banana skins but this is only to be expected in grand slams. I think Rafa can go all the way this year. Vamos Rafa!!!

  17. I think it’s a very balanced draw. If he plays like last year he will definitely get through to quarters with ease. And once he gets there I am sure he will raise his game! I am getting very positive vibes this year. Vamossss Rafaa!!!!

  18. I am hoping for “smooth sailing” for Rafa in his quest for a 3rd Wimby title, his 18th GS, and his 3rd Channel Slam. It’s a three-in-one package that will be an enormous accomplishment. Happy sailing to Rafa.

    A look at Rafa’s possible first 2 opponents [Kukushkin is playing Eastbourne] :

    Dudi Sela: 33-years-old, ranked 129; has not played on grass this year but did well last year with a W/L ratio of 9/2. He retired in R3 vs Dimitrov at the 2017 Wimby with a groin injury.

    Kukushkin: 30-years-old, ranked 90: he is playing his semifinal match at Eastbourne today vs M. Zverev after wins over Edmund, DeMinaur, and
    D. Ferrer.


  19. This draw for my King of tennis..is delightful.I do hope Champ you are pleased. Your devoted fans which also includes me are getting mighty excited. Vamos Rafa. 🎾🎾🏸🏸☘☘

  20. Well, Rafa could do good this year at Wimbledon. He is ready and fired up. Fit and injury free, I hope. We could see Rafa all the way to the finals. Hopefully a third win at Wimbledon, he is long overdue for a 3rd GS at Wimby.

    VAMOS RAFA No 1 to me and your fans.
    Kick ass at Wimbledon.

  21. Doesn’t look too bad for him, but grass can be unpredictable and anyone can get through unexpectedly. Lets all cross our fingers and toes for him x

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