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Belgians know their first opponents at Wimbledon: Goffin affects Australian, Mertens against Us

At Wimbledon’s Friday draw. David Goffin (ATP 9) in the first round against the Australian Matthew Ebden (ATP 51). Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 104) of his side, crosses swords with the American Steve Johnson (ATP 42).

It is the fifth meeting between the 27-year-old Goffin, and the 30-year-old Ebden. The Belgian number one has won the three last duels between two players, in Kuala Lumpur (2011), Brisbane (2013) and Tokyo (2017). Ebden picked up in 2010, a win against Goffin on the Challengertoernooi in Loughborough. All the duels went by on a hard court.

In the eighth-finals follows for Goffin as possible, a meeting with the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro (ATP 4). In the last eight would be the Spanish number one of the world Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) the opponent may be.

For the 30-year-old Bemelmans came to the 28-year-old American Steve Johnson as an opponent in the first round out of the bus. It is for the Observer the second meeting with Johnson. In 2013 won the Californiër on the Challengertoernooi of Nottingham (on grass).

In addition, the Swiss Roger Federer in the first round, the Serb Dusan Lajovic (ATP 57) and takes the first round against Israeli Dudi Sela (ATP 129).

Also Belgian women know their first opponents

After the draw for the men was there Friday afternoon also drawn for the women. Elise Mertens (WTA 15) the American Danielle Collins (WTA 43), Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 46) takes on the Slovenian Poland Hercog (WTA 64), Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 45) crosses swords with the British Heather Watson (WTA 88), while Yanina Wickmayer (WTA 102) finally, you must play against the German Mona Barthel (WTA 114).

For Alison Van Uytvanck wait no easy first round match against Poland Hercog. The 27-year-old Slovenian won in the past, all three matches (2 on hard, 1 on clay) of the 24-year-old Grimberg.

For Elise Mertens is more of a step into the unknown. The 22-year-old Limburg and the 24-year-old Collins will meet.

Kirsten Flipkens and Heather Watson ran into each other three times previously at the circuit. The 32-year-old Campine won two of those three encounters, but the 26-year-old Watson won the most recent and most important duel. The British won two years ago in the final in Monterrey of ‘Flipper’. All the duels took place on hard courts.

Yanina Wickmayer, the worst listed compatriot, knew of luck in the draw. They found the 27-year-old German Mona Barthel, of which they in the past, three of the four mutual duels won. Barthel triumphed in 2012 in the final of the tournament in Hobart (on hard court).

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