Alcaraz Handed Easiest Wimbledon Draw, Djokovic Only 2nd

Alcaraz Handed Easiest Wimbledon Draw, Djokovic Only 2nd

by Zachary Wimer

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The 2023 Wimbledon is about to start and we already know the draw for the ATP event which starts on July 3rd.

Without a doubt, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are two of the most talked about names. While the Serb is aiming to win his record-equalling eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam title, the 20-year-old Spaniard is seemingly the only one able to stop him.

Once the draw was released, fans immediately started discussing who of the two has easier draw, and which players overall received easy or difficult draw. While many times it's a subjective opinion, this year, Wimbledon left little to fans' talks.

Using IBM's artificial intelligence (AI), the tournament organizers were able to assess the difficulty of a possible path to the final for all players and the results may be quite surprising for some of the fans.

According to the AI, it's Alcaraz, who will play against Jeremy Chardy in the first round, who received the most favourable draw of all players in the men's singles draw. Right behind him is Djokovic, who has the second most favourable draw.

It's important to mention that these two players have the easiest draw also because of the fact that they are the two of the most difficult challenges in the draw, and not having to face themselves, makes the draw seemingly easy.

Behind the two big favourites are Casper Ruud and Daniil Medvedev. While the Norwegian has the third easiest draw, his Russian colleague received the fourth most favourable draw at the 2023 Wimbledon.

Surprisingly, Alexander Zverev, who can play against the 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini, or this year's Queen's Club finalist Alex de Minaur already in the third round, and then against the first-seeded Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round, has the fifth easiest draw according to the AI.

On the other hand, British wild cards received some of the most difficult draws. Arthur Fery who is set to play against Daniil Medvedev has the second most difficult draw. George Loffhagen, who will take on Holger Rune received the third least favourable draw.

Ryan Peniston will take on two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, and according to the AI, he has the sixth most difficult draw. Who has the most difficult draw you ask? Lloyd Harris, who will play against Gregoire Barrere in the first round with a possible third-round clash with Casper Ruud.


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