Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview

The Wimbledon draw was held on Friday in London, leaving us with the prospect of dissecting the draw for possible upsets and mapping the path to the final for the big names.

As the top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray cannot meet until the final, should the draw go according to plan we will be treated to an eighth grand slam final between the top two players in the world. In their seven previous slam final meetings Djokovic leads Murray by four wins to three.

Wimbledon, of course, is so much more than just a Djokovic v Murray contest though and there are a number of mouthwatering potential match-ups that we will take a look at now.

Novak Djokovic

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Djokovic will face Britain’s own James Ward in the opening round, he is unlikely to be troubled by the world number 177, although the Londoner will no doubt have the backing of a partisan crowd at the All-England Club.

Djokovic faces a fourth round date with David Ferrer, but the Spaniard will likely have to get passed a tricky third round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The Serbian has a potential quarter-final banana skin if he faces Milos Raonic, the big serving Raonic has enlisted the help of John McEnroe and his power may be enough to challenge the world number one.

Andy Murray

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At the other end of the draw is Andy Murray, who will open his campaign against British compatriot, Liam Broady, the 22-year-old world number 234 will no doubt enjoy his moment in the limelight but an upset is extremely unlikely.

Murray could face a real test in the fourth round, where the draw has thrown up a potential meeting with Nick Kyrgios, the Aussie bad boy has the ability to test Murray to the utmost and the Scot will need to be at his best to progress to the last eight.

In the last eight Murray faces the possibility of a rematch from the Roland Garros quarters, with Richard Gasquet again bracketed to meet Murray.

Roger Federer

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Federer faces a tricky opener against Argentine Guido Pella, who was once ranked 39th in the world.

The fourth round is expected to see Federer face French opposition as the brackets suggest Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon will battle for the right to meet the Swiss great in the last 16.

If the results run according to seeding Federer faces a mammoth run to the final from the last eight on possibly meeting world number five, Kei Nishikori, in the quarters before a semi-final date with Djokovic and a final against Murray.

Stan Wawrinka

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Of the top four seeds the one who seems most likely suffer an upset has to be Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss has never made it passed the last 8 at SW19 and faces a tough draw.

Wawrinka will face American teenager Taylor Fritz in the opening round before a possible meeting with 2009 US Open winner, Juan Martin del Potro, in the second round.

The fourth round could see Wawrinka face either Bernard Tomic or Queens quarter-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut before a quarter-final against Dominic Thiem, who was won more matches than anybody else on the ATP tour this year.

Also lurking in Wawrinka’s section of the draw are Thomas Berdych and unseeded Mikhail Youzhny.

Kei Nishokori

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Nishikori begins what, on paper, looks like a relatively straight forward run to the last 16 against Australian Sam Groth.

If everything runs according to the script the Japanese number one will face a tough last sixteen encounter with big Bosnian Marin Cilic, whose power could challenge Nishikori.

If Nishikori is to win the title he is faced with the prospect of meeting all three of tennis’ so called ‘big three’ he is bracketed to possibly meet Federer, Djokovic and Murray respectively en route to a hypothetical title.

Dark Horses

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Austrian Dominic Thiem looks dangerous and has a path to the semi-finals that avoids the big three.

Milos Raonic has the power to dominate Wimbledon and could provide a last eight upset against Djokovic with John McEnroe in his corner.

If Thomas Berdych can get passed Thiem in the fourth round he could be the one to send Stan Wawrinka out and book a place in the last four.

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