Nightmare draw for Murray
Briton Andy Murray has been handed a nightmare draw for this year's Wimbledon.
Last Updated: 23/06/12 5:52pm
Andy Murray has been handed a nightmare draw for this year's Wimbledon.
The British number one has been drawn against former world number three Nikolay Davydenko in round one.
He could also have to battle past big-serving duo Ivo Karlovic and Kevin Anderson just to reach the last 16, where Milos Raonic and Queen's Club winner Marin Cilic are both potential foes.
David Ferrer is Murray's scheduled quarter-final opponent. Then could come Rafael Nadal in the semis before either Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in the final.
Murray will open his campaign against Russian Davydenko, currently at 47 in the ranking list, on Tuesday.
Davydenko has been to the semi-finals at both the French and US Opens but his best effort at Wimbledon is a run to the last 16 in 2007.
He will, however, pose a real early danger to Murray, who has lost all three of his warm-up matches on grass over the past fortnight. The Briton leads their head-to-head record 5-4, although they have never met on this surface.
The British number one again been drawn in Nadal's half of the draw in SW19. Murray has been beaten by Nadal in the semi-finals in each of the last two years.
Nadal will face Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in his opener and is seeded to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who upset Federer last year, at the last-eight stage.
The top half of the draw has defending champion Djokovic seeded to meet six-time winner Federer in the semis.
That means Federer's bid to return to the world number one spot is in his own hands - he will reclaim the top ranking if he wins the title in SW19.
Djokovic will open his title defence on Centre Court on Monday against former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero. He is seeded to face 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych in the last eight.
Federer's first match will be against unheralded Spaniard Albert Ramos. His quarter-final foe is due to be Janko Tipsarevic, although the Serb has a tricky first-round tie with the 2002 runner-up and recent Queen's finalist David Nalbandian to negotiate.
Another first-round highlight is Tsonga against former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, while British number three Jamie Baker will face Andy Roddick.
Of the other Britons, US Open junior champion Oliver Golding faces Russia's Igor Andreev, James Ward begins against world number 36 Pablo Andujar and Josh Goodall faces Slovenian wild card Grega Zemlja, a recent winner of the Challenger tournament in Nottingham.