Murray in Nadal's half

Spaniard Gimeno-Traver first up for British number one

By Andy Schooler.   Last Updated: 18/06/11 5:44pm

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Murray: On course for Nadal semi-final

Murray: On course for Nadal semi-final

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Andy Murray has been drawn in the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal for Wimbledon.

The pair met in last year's semi-finals with Nadal winning in straight sets, a victory he repeated in the last four of the recent French Open.

The British star will play Spain's world number 56 Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round on Monday. Gimeno-Traver has yet to go beyond the second round in two visits to SW19.

A quarter-final clash with three-time runner-up Andy Roddick - the man who beat him in the 2009 semis - is also on course for Murray following Friday morning's draw.

In earlier rounds, a tricky third-round encounter with Croatia's Marin Cilic is a possibility, while Murray is seeded to meet Stanislas Wawrinka in the last 16 - the pair famously met under the Centre Court roof in 2009 with the Briton winning in five sets. The Swiss took his revenge at last year's US Open.

Reacting to the draw, Murray said: "It's not worth thinking about Rafa and the semi-finals.

"Going into the first match I have got to make sure I am focused.

"Rafa last year had quite a few tough matches early on. Roger had a big scare against someone you wouldn't have expected him to have a tough match against (Alejandro Falla in round one).

"You need to be switched on from the first match and I will be.''


Defending champion Nadal, who opens against American Michael Russell, could play Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals in what would be a repeat of last year's final.

Before that though he could have to negotiate tough matches against the big-hitting pair of Milos Raonic and Juan Martin Del Potro, the former US Open champion.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on course to meet each other in the last four in bottom half of the draw.

Six-time champion Federer opens against Mikhail Kukushkin and could play David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic starts against Jeremy Chardy. His scheduled last-eight foe is Robin Soderling.

Also in the bottom half, incredibly, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, who played for more than 11 hours at last year's Wimbledon, were drawn against each other again.

Isner won the longest match in tennis history 70-68 in the fifth set.

Surprise Queen's Club semi-finalist James Ward will meet 19th seed Michael Llodra, of France. His fellow Briton Dan Cox plays Sergiy Stakhovsky, while Dan Evans is up against Florian Mayer, the 20th seed.

Ward, who rose from 216 to 176 in the world rankings following his Queen's run, said: "I'm feeling really confident at the moment with the way I've been playing over the last few weeks on grass.

"Llodra will be by no means an easy match. He's got a really good grasscourt game, with a big serve and he serves and volleys a lot.

"He won Eastbourne last year so it will be tough but I'm really looking forward to it.

"The support I've had over the last fortnight has been amazing and hopefully myself and all the other British players will enjoy exactly the same at Wimbledon because it makes the world of difference."

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