Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray avoids horror draw, but Rafael Nadal joins the Brit and Roger Federer in the same half at Wimbledon
Murray will face either Federer or Nadal in semi-final should they get there if he is to end 77-year wait for a home win
Andy Murray was today drawn in the same half as both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, meaning he will likely come-up against one or the other before potentially facing Novak Djokovic in the final of this year’s Wimbledon tournament if he is to become the first British winner of the men’s singles in 77 years.
Following today’s draw for the two-week event, Murray and Federer were drawn in the same half as expected, but they were joined by fifth seed Rafael Nadal, with the French Open winner still behind fourth seed David Ferrer in the rankings.
It means Murray could face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in in the quarter-finals who he defeated last week on his way to his third Aegon Championship, and should defeat the world number seven, he is likely to face either Federer or Nadal in the semi-final.
Though the reigning US Open champion will avoid the tricky task of playing three of the top five in the world – this unenviable task falls on Federer’s shoulders – it will still be a tough ask for the Scot to reach the final.
Fresh of claiming his record eighth Roland Garros title, Nadal has looked unstoppable as of late, and if the Spaniard dispatches Federer in the quarter-final where they are likely to meet, Murray will have to produce his very best to reach a second consecutive Wimbledon final.
Murray lost to the Swiss in the final last year, but since then he has claimed his maiden Grand Slam title as well as an Olympic Gold medal, and the world number two looked in superb form as he claimed victory at Queens against Marin Cilic on Sunday.
He is to play Benjamin Becker in the first round on Monday, and he saw off the German on his run to the Queens championship taking the quarter-final 6-4 7-6 (7-3).
Federer has been pitted against Romanian Victor Hanescu while Nadal will play Steve Darcis of Belgium. Meanwhile, in the other half of the draw world number one Djokovic will play Germany’s Florian Mayer, and Djokovic looks to have a straight forward run to the final as long as he sees off Ferrer in the semis.
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food