Wimbledon Draw Reveals a Tough Path for Andy Murray

The two-time champion Nadal, seeded fourth, has struggled in early rounds at Wimbledon recently. After opening against the 137th-ranked Australian John Millman, who entered Wimbledon on a protected ranking, Nadal could face Donald Young or the 71st-ranked Denis Istomin, who stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open in January. Should Nadal pass that test, Karen Khachanov, the No. 30 seed and one of the tour’s hardest hitters, looms in the third round.

The third-seeded Roger Federer, who won his eighth title on the grass courts of Halle, Germany, last Sunday, opens in the bottom half of the draw against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. He could face the 27th-seeded Mischa Zverev, a serve-and-volleyer, in the third round.

The sixth-seeded Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in last year’s semifinals before losing to Murray in the final, is also in Federer’s quarter of the draw, as are Alexander Zverev, the No. 10 seed, and Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 13 seed.

Players in the top half of the men’s draw, including Murray and Nadal, will play on Monday. Men in the bottom half, including Federer and Djokovic, the No….

Read Story

Translate »