Murray Avoids Federer…At Least Until Final
Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw, should both men progress to the semi-final stage.
The British hope has Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Richard Gasquet in his half of the draw.
On the other hand the Scot has only rarely looked comfortable against Federer, who took him apart with a sensational performance in last year’s semi-final.
So Murray will probably be relieved that he doesn’t have to beat both Federer and Djokovic in order to win a second Wimbledon singles title.
Many people forget that in 2013, the year Murray won Wimbledon, Djokovic had been exhausted by a semi-final classic against Juan Martin del Potro.
The contest took 4 hours and 44 minutes, leaving Djokovic vulnerable for the final against Murray.
Andy will hope that Federer can still put up substantial resistance over five sets against the best player on the planet right now.
Djokovic will face wild card James Ward, while Murray takes on Liam Broady.
Serena Williams will face a wildcard or “lucky loser” in her opening match in the women’s singles.
If Watson beats Beck, then Serena should be waiting in the next round. That would mean a repeat of their unforgettable clash at Wimbledon last summer.
Laura Robson faces the toughest task of all, against Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.
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