Britain’s Andy Murray hasn’t had the easiest of draws at this year’s Championships. The 25-year-old Brit, who has been awarded the number 4 seed, will face former world number three Nickolay Davydenko in the first round at SW19.
Davydenko, who at age 31 is now ranked 47th in the world since struggling with injuries in recent years, has previously reached four Grand Slam semis and defeated Murray during their only Grand Slam meet.
But he has never got beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon and Murray will be hoping that the Russian’s lack of grass-court form will fall in his favour and set him on the path to matching last year’s run to the semi-finals.
Assuming the British number one wins his first round match, he will face another mammoth challenge from 6ft 10 powerhouse Ivo Karlovic, currently ranked 57, before coming head-to-head with no. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the semis.
Other first round clashes include top seed Novak Djokovic’s draw against former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Spaniard has fallen down the rankings of late, but could still pose a challenge to Djokovic’s supremacy. Meanwhile, third seed and six-time winner, Roger Federer, faces Albert Ramos in the first round.
The British contingent face a tough draw with wildcard Jamie Baker pitted against triple finalist and 30th seed Andy Roddick, although the American has struggled with recent form, crashing out of Wimbledon warm-up Queens in the first round. Fellow Brit Laura Robson also faces a tough match against 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone.
Infamous Queen’s finalist David Nalbandian, who forfeited the match after kicking an advertising board into a nearby line judge, is drawn against world number eight Janko Tipsaravic, while last year’s semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt.
In the women’s draw, former world number ones Kim Clijsters and Jelena Jankovic face one another in their openers. It is likely to be Clijsters’ final Wimbledon tournament as she’s due to retire, for the second time, later this year.
French Open champion and world number one Maria Sharapova will open her campaign against Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova, but is in the same quarter as dangerous five-time winner Venus Williams. Venus’s sister Serena, seeded sixth, is in the bottom half of the draw and set to clash with fourth seed Petra Kvitova in a mouth-watering quarter-final.