Andy Murray in same half of Wimbledon draw as Rafael Nadal
Champion yet to learn first round opponent, Federer and Djokovic could meet in semis
Defending champion Andy Murray could meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA
Murray will not find out his opening-round opponent until later on Friday but the Scot has been handed a potentially tricky first week.
In the women’s draw, British number one Johanna Konta will start against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, whom she lost to in the first round at the French Open last month.
Konta withdrew from her Eastbourne semi-final on Friday with a spine injury but, assuming she is fit to play at the All England Club, the world number seven will reunite with Hsieh and could face two-time champion Petra Petra Kvitova in the last 16.
If Murray can navigate his way into the last-16, he might be fairly satisfied with his draw from then on.
Nick Kyrgios is a potentially dangerous foe in the fourth round but the Australian has been struggling with a hip injury and has never got the better of Murray in four attempts.
The world number one is then due to meet Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals but while the Swiss beat Murray at the French Open earlier this month, he is far less comfortable on grass.
Nadal would certainly be a formidable opponent in the semis although Murray would likely have preferred the Spaniard to the in-form Roger Federer, who was the other possible top four seed to land in his half.
Murray has also been struggling for fitness, having lost in the first round at Queen’s before pulling out of two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club this week due to a hip injury.
Federer is many pundits’ favourite to win a 19th major title at SW19 but the 35-year-old opens up against the awkward Alexandr Dolgopolov, while Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic could all block his path to the semi-finals. There, he is due to meet Novak Djokovic.