Federer could face Nadal in quarters at Wimbledon


Associated Press

LONDON — Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon — their earliest meeting in any Grand Slam.

The draw Friday for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Federer is the defending champion at the All England Club, while Nadal is a two-time winner.

Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is in the top half and has a much easier path to the final, facing a possible semifinal against No. 4 David Ferrer.

In the women’s draw, five-time champion and top-seeded Serena Williams will open against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka has a first-round match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal.

In the absence of her sister Venus, who pulled out this week with a back injury, Serena is bidding to win her 17th Grand Slam title and considered the overwhelming favorite. Since losing in the first round at the French Open last year, she has amassed a record of 74-3 and won three of the last four major titles.

Nadal and Federer have met in three Wimbledon finals but have never played each other before the semifinals of any Grand Slam tournament. In 2008, they played one of the greatest finals on the London grass, with Nadal prevailing 9-7 in the fifth set to claim his first Wimbledon trophy.

Last year, Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title by beating Murray in the final. Murray, who later beat Federer for the Olympic gold at Wimbledon, will be bidding to become the first British player to win the men’s title since Fred Perry in 1936.

The other possible men’s quarterfinals are: Djokovic against No.7 Tomas Berdych; Ferrer vs. No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro and Murray against No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Wimbledon’s seeding order is determined using the ATP rankings and points are added for achievements in grass-court tournaments over the past 12 months.

Nadal, coming off his eighth French Open victory, has been seeded No. 5 after being sidelined for about seven months with a left knee injury following his surprise loss in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

Nadal has looked unstoppable since his return from injury, winning seven titles in nine finals. The draw is certainly a tough one for Federer, who has recently struggled but rallied to victory in Halle, Germany, in his favorite warm-up for Wimbledon. Four of Federer’s seven wins at Wimbledon came after he lifted the trophy in Halle.

But Nadal is also facing a daunting challenge, with the prospect of having to beat Federer, Murray and Djokovic to claim the title.

Nadal, who owns 12 Grand Slam titles, boasts a 43-2 record in 2013. He’s on a 22-match winning streak, but has not played since the French Open after deciding to rest rather than play in Halle.

Earlier this week, Murray said he was not concerned about the draw, knowing that he would have to beat the best players in the field to end the British drought in Wimbledon.

“If you want to win the biggest tournaments, you have to beat the best players in the world,” the U.S. Open champion said. “It doesn’t really matter where they are in the draw.”

Federer, Nadal and Murray will all play opening day on Monday at Wimbledon.

Federer will open the defense of his title against Victor Hanescu of Romania, while Nadal will take on Steve Darcis of Belgium and Murray plays Benjamin Becker of Germany, an opponent he beat last week at the Queen’s Club.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon two years ago, will start on Tuesday against Florian Mayer of Germany. He is guaranteed to keep the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings after the tournament whatever the result he achieves.

There are several noteworthy first-round matchups in the draw, with former champion Lleyton Hewitt facing No. 11 Stanislas Wawrinka; No.21 Sam Querrey against Bernard Tomic; and No. 10 Marin Cilic playing Marcos Baghdatis.

No. 3 Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in the French Open final, will open her Wimbledon campaign against Kristina Mladenovic. No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska will take on qualifier Yvonne Meusburger.

The possible women’s quarterfinals: Williams vs. No. 7 Angelique Kerber; Radwanska vs. No. 6 Li Na; Sharapova against No. 5 Sara Errani, and Azarenka vs. eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova.

At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

London

June 24-July 7

q-qualifier, w-wild card, l-lucky loser

Men

Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, vs. Florian Mayer, Germany

q-Bobby Reynolds, United States, vs. w-Steve Johnson, United States

Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, vs. q-Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany

Ryan Harrison, United States, vs. Jeremy Chardy (28), France

Gilles Simon (19), France, vs. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

Ricardas Berankis, Lithuania, vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France

q-Wayne Odesnik, United States, vs. q-Jimmy Wang, Taiwan

Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, vs. Tommy Haas (13), Germany

Richard Gasquet (9), France, vs. Marcel Granollers, Spain

Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, vs. q-Go Soeda, Japan

James Blake, United States, vs. Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands

Bernard Tomic, Australia, vs. Sam Querrey (21), United States

Kevin Anderson (27), South Africa, vs. l-Olivier Rochus, Belgium

Philipp Petzschner, Germany, vs. q-Michal Przysiezny, Poland

Daniel Brands, Germany, vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain

Martin Klizan, Slovakia, vs. Tomas Berdych (7), Czech Republic

David Ferrer (4), Spain, vs. Martin Alund, Argentina

Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain, vs. q-Teymuraz Gabashvili, Russia

Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, vs. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia

Gastao Elias, Portugal, vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (26), Ukraine

Milos Raonic (17), Canada, vs. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina

q-Alex Kuznetsov, United States, vs. Igor Sijsling, Netherlands

q-James Duckworth, Australia, vs. q-Denis Kudla, United States

Ivan Dodig, Croatia, vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (16), Germany

Kei Nishikori (12), Japan, vs. w-Matthew Ebden, Australia

Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, vs. Aljaz Bedene, Slovenia

Michael Llodra, France, vs. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland

Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, vs. Andreas Seppi (23), Italy

Grigor Dimitrov (29), Bulgaria, vs. Simone Bolelli, Italy

Grega Zemlja, Slovenia, vs. Michael Russell, United States

Guido Pella, Argentina, vs. Jesse Levine, Canada

Albert Ramos, Spain, vs. Juan Martin del Potro (8), Argentina

Rafael Nadal (5), Spain, vs. Steve Darcis, Belgium

Lukasz Kubot, Poland, vs. Igor Andreev, Russia

q-Stephane Robert, France, vs. Alejandro Falla, Colombia

Adrian Ungur, Romania, vs. Benoit Paire (25), France

John Isner (18), United States, vs. Evgeny Donskoy, Russia

Pablo Andujar, Spain, vs. Adrian Mannarino, France

q-Dustin Brown, Germany, vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain

Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (11), Switzerland

Nicolas Almagro (15), Spain, vs. Jurgen Zopp, Estonia

Marinko Matosevic, Australia, vs. Guillaume Rufin, France

Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, vs. q-Matt Reid, Australia

w-Kyle Edmund, Britain, vs. Jerzy Janowicz (24), Poland

Fabio Fognini (30), Italy, vs. Jurgen Melzer, Austria

q-Julian Reister, Germany, vs. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic

Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine

Victor Hanescu, Romania, vs. Roger Federer (3), Switzerland

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6), France, vs. David Goffin, Belgium

Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, vs. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia

Fernando Verdasco, Spain, vs. Xavier Malisse, Belgium

Tobias Kamke, Germany, vs. Julien Benneteau (31), France

Juan Monaco (22), Argentina, vs. q-Bastian Knittel, Germany

Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, vs. Rajeev Ram, United States

Kenny de Schepper, France, vs. Paolo Lorenzi, Italy

Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, vs. Marin Cilic (10), Croatia

Janko Tipsarevic (14), Serbia, vs. Viktor Troicki, Serbia

Andrey Kuznetsov, Russia, vs. Albert Montanes, Spain

q-Marc Gicquel, France, vs. Vasek Pospisil, Canada

Robin Haase, Netherlands, vs. Mikhail Youzhny (20), Russia

Tommy Robredo (32), Spain, vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr., Russia

w-Nicolas Mahut, France, vs. Jan Hajek, Czech Republic

w-James Ward, Britain, vs. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan

Benjamin Becker, Germany, vs. Andy Murray (2), Britain

Women

Serena Williams (1), United States, vs. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg

q-Caroline Garcia, France, vs. Zheng Jie, China

Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, vs. q-Carina Witthoeft, Germany

Alexandra Cadantu, Romania, vs. Tamira Paszek (28), Austria

Sabine Lisicki (23), Germany, vs. Francesca Schiavone, Italy

Elena Vesnina, Russia, vs. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic

Olga Puchkova, Russia, vs. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands

l-Anna Schmiedlova, Slovakia, vs. Sam Stosur (14), Australia

Maria Kirilenko (10), Russia, vs. Laura Robson, Britain

q-Mariana Duque-Marino, Colombia, vs. Julia Goerges, Germany

Ayumi Morita, Japan, vs. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand

Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, vs. Peng Shuai (24), China

Romina Oprandi (31), Switzerland, vs. w-Alison Riske, United States

Mallory Burdette, United States, vs. Urszula Radwanska, Poland

Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, vs. w-Tara Moore, Britain

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, vs. Angelique Kerber (7), Germany

Agnieszka Radwanska (4), Poland, vs. q-Yvonne Meusburger, Austria

Timea Babos, Hungary, vs. Mathilde Johansson, France

Heather Watson, Britain, vs. Madison Keys, United States

Monica Niculescu, Romania, vs. Mona Barthel (30), Germany

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (21), Russia, vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

q-Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, vs. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia

Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, vs. Petra Martic, Croatia

Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, vs. Nadia Petrova (13), Russia

Roberta Vinci (11), Italy, vs. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa

Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, vs. Jana Cepelova, Slovakia

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, Spain, vs. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

q-Maria Elena Camerin, Italy, vs. Dominika Cibulkova (18), Slovakia

Klara Zakopalova (32), Czech Republic, vs. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia

Nina Bratchikova, Russia, vs. Annika Beck, Germany

Olga Govortsova, Belarus, vs. Simona Halep, Romania

Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, vs. Li Na (6), China

Sara Errani (5), Italy, vs. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico

Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, vs. Misaki Doi, Japan

Lara Arruabarrena, Spain, vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine

q-Eva Birnerova, Czech Republic, vs. Varvara Lepchenko (26), United States

Sloane Stephens (17), United States, vs. Jamie Hampton, United States

Pauline Parmentier, France, vs. w-Andrea Petkovic, Germany

q-Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, vs. Donna Vekic, Croatia

Estrela Cabeza Candela, Spain, vs. Caroline Wozniacki (9), Denmark

Marion Bartoli (15), France, vs. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

Christina McHale, United States, vs. Alexa Glatch, United States

Camila Giorgi, Italy, vs. w-Samantha Murray, Britain

Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, vs. Sorana Cirstea (22), Romania

Lucie Safarova (27), Czech Republic, vs. Lauren Davis, United States

w-Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, vs. Karin Knapp, Italy

q-Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portugal, vs. Melanie Oudin, United States

Kristina Mladenovic, France, vs. Maria Sharapova (3), Russia

Petra Kvitova (8), Czech Republic, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States

Kiki Bertens, Netherlands, vs. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan

Garbine Muguruza, Spain, vs. w-Anne Keothavong, Britain

Johanna Larsson, Sweden, vs. Ekaterina Makarova (25), Russia

Carla Suarez Navarro (19), Spain, vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain

Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Croatia

Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, vs. q-Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan

q-Virginie Razzano, France, vs. Ana Ivanovic (12), Serbia

Jelena Jankovic (16), Serbia, vs. w-Johanna Konta, Britain

Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, vs. Vesna Dolonc, Serbia

q-Ajla Tomljanovic, Croatia, vs. Bojana Jovanovski, Serbia

Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, vs. Kirsten Flipkens (20), Belgium

Alize Cornet (29), France, vs. l-Vania King, United States

Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, vs. Tatjana Maria, Germany

w-Elena Baltacha, Britain, vs. Flavia Pennetta, Italy

Maria Joao Koehler, Portugal, vs. Victoria Azarenka (2), Belarus

 

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