20 Jun 2014

Wimbledon draw sets potential Murray-Djokovic, Nadal-Federer semis

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Photo: Paul ZimmerFederer (SUI), Nadal (ESP), Djokovic (SRB) and Murray (GBR)

The draw for Wimbledon was held on Friday, and defending men’s singles champion Andy Murray could face top seed and beaten 2013 finalist Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at The All England Club.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could complete the last four with another semifinal clash in a long-term rivalry that could meet them on court for the 34th time, with the Spaniard leading the head-to-head 23-10.

Top seed Djokovic will face Andrey Golubev from Kazakhstan on Monday, with possible opponents such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (fourth round) or Tomas Berdych (quarterfinals) en route to the semifinals.

Murray, who reach the Roland Garros semifinals but lost in the third round at Queens, will open against Belgian David Goffin also on Monday. His potential seeded opponents are Italian Fabio Fognini in the fourth round and Spaniard David Ferrer in quarterfinals.

Nadal, who won his ninth French Open two weeks ago, won‘t necessarily have a smooth run through to the final rounds. His start against Martin Klizan from Slovakia will be a good test of his current grasscourt form after a quick elimination in Halle.

Lukas Rosol could be a tough second round opponent, having defeated Nadal in the second round two years ago. Ivo Karlovic (third round) and Milos Raonic (quarterfinals) are the most likely rivals on his path to a third All England crown. 

Federer, the seven-time champion refreshed by his title last week at Halle, will open up against Paolo Lorenzi from Italy, with a possible second round meeting against Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who forced the former world No.1 in 2012 to come back from two-sets down.

His countryman and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka can be waiting for him in a last eight all-Swiss encounter. 

In the women’s draw, without a defending champion after the retirement of 2013 winner Marion Bartoli, all eyes are on top seed Serena Williams and Roland Garros winner Maria Sharapova, who could meet in a quarterfinal between two former Wimbledon winners.

But before that, rising star Eugenie Bouchard from Canada or Roland Garros semifinalist Andrea Petkovic could be a headache for the American five-time champion in a fourth-round meeting.

Roland Garros runner-up Simona Halep sits in the top half along with Williams and Sharapova, as do Serbian pair Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, who could meet in the fourth round.

The bottom half of the women’s draw includes Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Roland Garros semifinalist Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka, out of action since March and knocked out in her first comeback match in Eastbourne this week.

The potential quarterfinal line-up is Azarenka-Radwanska and Kvitova-Li, although Azarenka should first keep an eye on Spanish hard-hitter Muguruza in third round.

Other notable first round matches are Caroline Wozniacki against Shahar Peer, and Marin Cilic against Paul-Henri Mathieu.