21 Jun 2013

Federer, Murray and Nadal drawn in same half

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Photo: Paul ZimmerRoger Federer (SUI), Andy Murray (GBR) and Rafael Nadal (ESP)

As draws go, the bottom half of this year's men's singles at Wimbledon has to be one of the toughest for a long while.

Not only are defending champion Roger Federer and his nemesis Rafael Nadal scheduled to meet in the quarterfinals, but last year's Wimbledon runner-up and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray could await the victor in the semifinals.

Should the Roger-Rafa rivalry be renewed once more on the second Wednesday at the All England Lawn Tennis Club it would be the earliest meeting between the two players at one of the majors.

Federer trails his Spanish compatriot 8-2 in previous Grand Slam meetings, but both his victories have come on the hallowed turf of SW19. The last meeting between the two great rivals at Wimbledon was in 2008 when Nadal won that final - widely regarded as one of the best of all time.

For his part, Murray has a potential tough last eight meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - the in-form Frenchman who ousted Federer in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

In the top half of the men's draw, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic is scheduled to meet No. 7 seed and 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. The year the Czech made it to the final he defeated the Serbian superstar in the semifinals.

Meanwhile David Ferrer, seeded No. 4 and fresh from his first Grand Slam final appearance at Roland Garros, could face Juan Martin del Potro in the last eight.

Other first round encounters of note include an intriguing match-up between Stanislas Wawrinka and Lleyton Hewitt, Gilles Simon takes on Feliciano Lopez on day two, while Sam Querrey must play Bernard Tomic in the opening round.

The women's draw saw top seed Serena Williams facing a potential round of 16 match against Sam Stosur, while No. 2 Victoria Azarenka could play 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the last eight.

Maria Sharapova has arguably the kindest draw of the top four, with No. 5 and claycourt specialist Sara Errani in her quarter.

British interest in the women's draw was dealt some difficult first round encounters with Laura Robson having to line up against No. 10 seed Maria Kirilenko, Heather Watson takes on American Madison Keys and wild card Elena Baltacha was drawn against Flavia Pennetta with the winner of that match to play Azarenka in round two.

The International Tennis Federation provides men's information to the media at Grand Slam events. For a full list of this year's notes click here.