Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the only four men to win the Wimbledon title over the last 14 years and the top four seeded players this year, all could face difficult opponents in the quarterfinals.
Defending Champion Andy Murray will begin his campaighn against either a qualifier or lucky loser and has been drawn in the same half as the French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Murray will not find out his opening-round opponent until later on Friday but the British No1 has been handed a potentially tricky first week. He could face Dustin Brown in the second round, where the German knocked out Nadal two years ago, while big-hitting Italian Fabio Fognini stay awake in round three.
Federer, who is looking for a record eighth title at the All England Club, he last won the Wimbledon title in 2012, but he has been having a good season, already winning the Australian Open. He will open against Alexandr Dolgopolov. could meet 2016 finalist Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals before facing either Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.
Djokovic’s meeting with Del Potro could prove the highlight of the first week. The Serbian defeated the giant Argentine in a memorable five-setter in the semi-finals in 2013 while Del Potro triumphed over the Serb at the Olympics last year.
Nadal, meanwhile, has big-serving Gilles Muller as a possible last-16 opponent and Japan’s Kei Nishikori or former US Open winner Marin Cilic in the last eight. He will play his first match on July 3, against Autrailia’s John Millman.