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Andy Murray begins Wimbledon defence against David Goffin

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Andy Murray will face David Goffin in the first round of his defence of his Wimbledon title.

The draw was made at the All England Club on Friday morning, and it has paired the Briton in the same half of the draw as number one seed Novak Djokovic.

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That means that there could be a repeat of last year’s final if both players reach the last four, as Murray defeated the Serbian in three sets on that occasion to lift the trophy.

Confidence

Monday's encounter on Centre Court will be the first between the Murray and his Belgian opponent, and the Scot will be looking to build some confidence after being knocked out in the third round of his last tournament at the Aegon Championships, where he was beaten by Czech Radek Stepanek.

The world number five has reached the semi-finals in all of his last five appearances at SW19, though his world ranking has dropped three places since he became the first British male champion in 77 years in 2013, due to injury and a dip in form.

Should the 27-year-old progress through that match, he will face either Pablo Andujar of Spain or Blaz Rola of Slovenia, and he could face Spanish number seven seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic route

Djokovic, who won the tournament in 2011, will play Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev, and could be drawn to play Frenchman Jo-Wilfired Tsonga in the fourth round.

The Serbian, despite being ranked as the world number two, is seeded first for the tournament due to holding a stronger record than Nadal on grass in the last two years.

There could also be a meeting between world number one Rafael Nadal and seven-time champion Roger Federer at that stage, who have met in the final on three previous occasions.

Nadal route

Nadal will open his campaign to win a third Wimbledon title against Slovakian Martin Klizan, and could run into Lukas Rosol in the second round, who famously beat the Spaniard at the same stage in 2012.

The two-time former champion could also meet Richard Gasquet or Gael Monfils, both of France, in the fourth round.

Federer route

Federer will begin his quest to win an Open Era record eighth Wimbledon title against Italian Paolo Lorenzi, with the prospect of meeting 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in the fourth round.

There is also the possibility of an all Swiss quarter-final between Federer and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who opens his campaign against Portuguese Joao Sousa.

Other notable ties in the first round draw are 12th seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis being paired with Estonia’s Jurgen Zopp and 11th seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who won the Aegon Championships, being drawn to play American Sam Harrison.

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