Djokovic faces tricky Wimbledon opener

 

Tennis:Novak Djokovic begins the defence of his Wimbledon title on Monday with a potentially tricky match against Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero following this morning’s draw at the All England club.Ferrero, who is ranked 38th, is a former world number one.

British number one Andy Murray opens against Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko. The world number four, who has reached the semi-finals at SW19 for the last three years, has won five of the nine encounters he has had against the 31-year-old Russian, who is one time world number three.

Murray has endured a difficult time in the run up to Wimbledon, losing all three matches he has played on grass, and he will have been looking for an easier draw than the incredibly tough one he got this morning.

Despite being six years Murray’s senior, world number 47 Davydenko will present Britain’s number one with an extremely tough task in the first round.

Davydenko won the ATP Tour finals in 2009 and should he beat the Russian, Murray will probably have to overcome the likes of Ivo Karlovic, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic before meeting Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

Nadal, will face Brazilian Thomaz Belluci while Roger Federer takes on Albert Ramos. British prospect Jamie Baker comes up against American Andy Roddick. As he is in the bottom half of the draw, Murray’s game against Davydenko will take place on Tuesday.

In the women’s draw, number one seed Maria Sharapova takes on Anastasia Rodionova of Russia while defending champion Petra Kvitova will face 6ft 3in Akgul Amanmuradova from Uzbekistan. Former champion Venus Williams will play Elena Vesnina in her opening match; her sister Serena takes on Barbora Strycova.

Gentlemen‘s Singles Draw (seedings in brackets):

Novak Djokovic (Ser) (1) v Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa)

Ryan Harrison (USA) v Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe)

Benjamin Becker (Ger) v James Blake (USA)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) v Radek Stepanek (Cze) (28)

Marcel Granollers (Spa) (24) v Viktor Troicki (Ser)

Martin Klizan (Svk) v Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg)

Jeremy Chardy (Fra) v Filippo Volandri (Ita)

Florian Mayer (Ger) v Juan Monaco (Arg) (15)

Nicolas Almagro (Spa) (12) v Olivier Rochus (Bel)

Guillaume Rufin (Fra) v Steve Darcis (Bel)

Carlos Berlocq (Arg) v Ruben Bemelmans (Bel)

Tobias Kamke (Ger) v Richard Gasquet (Fra) (18)

Florian Mayer (Ger) (31) v Dmitry Tursunov (Rus)

Philipp Petzschner (Ger) v Blaz Kavcic (Slo)

Simone Bolelli (Ita) v Jerzy Janowicz (Pol)

Ernests Gulbis (Lat) v Tomas Berdych (Cze) (6)

Roger Federer (Swi) (3) v Albert Ramos (Spa)

Fabio Fognini (Ita) v Michael Llodra (Fra)

Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (Spain) v Michael Russell (USA)

Gilles Muller (Lux) v Julien Benneteau (Fra) (29)

Fernando Verdasco (Spa) (17) v Jimmy Wang (Tpe)

Grega Zemlja (Slo) v Josh Goodall (Gbr)

Xavier Malisse (Bel) v Marinko Matosevic (Aus)

Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) v Gilles Simon (Fra) (13)

John Isner (USA) (11) v Alejandro Falla (Col)

Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) v Nicolas Mahut (Fra)

Igor Andreev (Rus) v Oliver Golding (Gbr)

Denis Istomin (Uzb) v Andreas Seppi (Ita) (23)

Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) (26) v Donald Young (USA)

Inigo Cervantes (Spa) v Flavio Cipolla (Ita)

Ryan Sweeting (USA) v Potito Starace (Ita)

David Nalbandian (Arg) v Janko Tipsarevic (Ser) (8)

David Ferrer (Spa) (7) v Dustin Brown (Ger)

Kenny De Schepper (Fra) v Matthias Bachinger (Ger)

Wayne Odesnik (USA) v Bjorn Phau (Ger)

Jamie Baker (Gbr) v Andy Roddick (USA) (30)

Kei Nishikori (Jpn) (19) v Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz)

Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) v Florent Serra (Fra)

Go Soeda (Jpn) v Igor Kunitsyn (Rus)

Robin Haase (Ned) v Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg) (9)

Marin Cilic (Cro) (16) v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Ger)

Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) v Lukasz Kubot (Pol)

Jaroslav Pospisil (Cze) v Sam Querrey (USA)

Santiago Giraldo (Col) v Milos Raonic (Can) (21)

Kevin Anderson (Rsa) (32) v Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)

Albert Montanes (Spa) v Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp)

Ivo Karlovic (Cro) v Dudi Sela (Isr)

Nikolay Davydenko (Rus) v Andy Murray (Gbr) (4)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) (5) v Lleyton Hewitt (Aus)

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa)

Lukas Lacko (Svk) v Adrian Ungur (Rom)

Jurgen Melzer (Aut) v Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) (25)

Bernard Tomic (Aus) (20) v David Goffin (Bel)

Jesse Levine (USA) v Karol Beck (Svk)

James Ward (Gbr) v Pablo Andujar (Spa)

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Spa) v Mardy Fish (USA) (10)

Feliciano Lopez (Spa) (14) v Jarkko Nieminen (Fin)

Brian Baker (USA) v Rui Machado (Por)

Matthew Ebden (Aus) v Benoit Paire (Fra)

Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Rus) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) (22)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) (27) v Tommy Haas (Ger)

Jurgen Zopp (Est) v Malek Jaziri (Tun)

Lukas Rosol (Cze) v Ivan Dodig (Cro)

Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) v Rafael Nadal (Spa) (2)

Ladies Singles Draw (seedings in brackets):

Maria Sharapova (Rus) (1) v Anastasia Rodionova (Aus)

Vesna Dolonts (Rus) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)

Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) v Virginie Razzano (Fra)

Stephanie Foretz Gacon (Fra) v Monica Niculescu (Rom) (29)

Petra Cetkovska (Cze) (23) v Vania King (USA)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Karolina Pliskova (Cze)

Bojana Jovanovski (Ser) v Eleni Daniilidou (Gre)

Petra Martic (Cro) v Sabine Lisicki (Ger) (15)

Vera Zvonareva (Rus) (12) v Mona Barthel (Ger)

Edina Gallovits-Hall (Rom) v Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spa)

Kai-Chen Chang (Tpe) v Andrea Hlavackova (Cze)

Kim Clijsters (Bel) v Jelena Jankovic (Ser) (18)

Christina McHale (USA) (28) v Johanna Konta (Aus)

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) v Mathilde Johansson (Fra)

Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) v Alberta Brianti (Ita)

Lucie Hradecka (Cze) v Angelique Kerber (Ger) (8)

Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) (3) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk)

Venus Williams (USA) v Elena Vesnina (Rus)

Iveta Benesova (Cze) v Heather Watson (Gbr)

Jamie Lee Hampton (USA) v Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) (27)

Nadia Petrova (Rus) (20) v Maria Elena Camerin (Ita)

Timea Babos (Hun) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Tamarine Tanasugarn (Tha) v Anna Tatishvili (Geo)

Camila Giorgi (Ita) v Flavia Pennetta (Ita) (16)

Na Li (Chn) (11) v Ksenia Pervak (Rus)

Sorana Cirstea (Rom) v Pauline Parmentier (Fra)

Naomi Broady (Gbr) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spa)

Alexandra Cadantu (Rom) v Maria Kirilenko (Rus) (17)

Shuai Peng (Chn) (30) v Sandra Zaniewska (Pol)

Jarmila Gajdosova (Aus) v Ayumi Morita (Jpn)

Arantxa Rus (Ned) v Misaki Doi (Jpn)

Carla Suarez-Navarro (Spa) v Samantha Stosur (Aus) (5)

Serena Williams (USA) (6) v Strycova Barbora Zahlavova (Cze)

Johanna Larsson (Swe) v Melinda Czink (Hun)

Vera Dushevina (Rus) v Aleksandra Wozniak (Can)

Stephanie Dubois (Can) v Jie Zheng (Chn) (25)

Lucie Safarova (Cze) (19) v Kiki Bertens (Ned)

Chanelle Scheepers (Rsa) v Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz)

Laura Pous Tio (Spa) v Anne Keothavong (Gbr)

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Sara Errani (Ita) (10)

Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) (13) v Klara Zakopalova (Cze)

Olga Govortsova (Blr) v Annika Beck (Ger)

Polona Hercog (Slo) v Kristyna Pliskova (Cze)

Laura Robson (Gbr) v Francesca Schiavone (Ita) (24)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) (31) v Sofia Arvidsson (Swe)

Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (Aut) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA)

Elena Baltacha (Gbr) v Karin Knapp (Ita)

Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb) v Petra Kvitova (Cze) (4)

Caroline Wozniacki (Den) (7) v Tamira Paszek (Aut)

Alize Cornet (Fra) v Nina Bratchikova (Rus)

Greta Arn (Hun) v Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz)

Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) (32)

Roberta Vinci (Ita) (21) v Ashleigh Barty (Aus)

Urszula Radwanska (Pol) v Marina Erakovic (Nzl)

Mirjana Lucic (Cro) v Alexandra Panova (Rus)

Casey Dellacqua (Aus) v Marion Bartoli (Fra) (9)

Ana Ivanovic (Ser) (14) v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spa)

Kimiko Date Krumm (Jpn) v Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr)

Anastasiya Yakimova (Blr) v Mandy Minella (Lux)

Shahar Peer (Isr) v Julia Goerges (Ger) (22)

Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) (26) v Simona Halep (Rom)

Jana Cepelova (Svk) v Kristina Mladenovic (Fra)

Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) v Romina Oprandi (Swi)

Irina Falconi (USA) v Victoria Azarenka (Blr) (2)


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