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Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer heading for Wimbledon quarter-finals

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World number one Novak Djokovic was the biggest winner as the Wimbledon draw was made, with Rafael Nadal likely to meet Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

The decision to seed the French Open champion fifth met with some criticism because it meant he would likely meet one of Djokovic, Murray and Federer as early as the quarter-finals.

Reigning champion Federer was the unlucky candidate as it now means he could conceivably have to beat Nadal, then Murray and finally Djokovic to retain his title and become the most successful men’s singles champions at Wimbledon in the Open era with eight titles.

As it stands, Djokovic looks to have got the best of the draw, as he will avoid the other three favourites until the final.

The Serb will play Germany’s word number 33 Florian Mayer in the first round on Tuesday.

As is tradition, defending champion Federer will open play on Centre Court on Monday and he will be facing world number 47 victor Hanescu of Romania.

This means that both Murray and Nadal will also be playing on the opening Monday of the tournament.

The home favourite takes on German Benjamin Becker, whom he beat at Queen’s last week, while the Spaniard must overcome Belgian Steve Darcis in his first round match.

The full order of play will be released on Sunday afternoon.

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Topics:
Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray
Tennis
Roger Federer

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