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Wimbledon draw: Defending champion Murray faces qualifier in first round


Andy Murray will open the defence of his Wimbledon title against a qualifier or a lucky loser, as the world number one looks to capture his third SW19 crown.

Should the Brit progress, he could face early tests with Dustin Brown, Fabio Fognini, Lucas Pouille and Nick Kyrgios all lurking in his section of the draw. Murray may need to also get past Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals before potentially meeting French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

On the opposite side of the men’s draw, Roger Federer will begin his bid for an eighth SW19 title against Alexandr Dolgopolov and the Swiss player is projected to possibly face Novak Djokovic in the semis. Djokovic will play Martin Klizan in his opener, as the Serbian also has Juan Martin Del Potro in his quarter.


In terms of the other Brits, Aljaz Bedene will take on Ivo Karlovic, James Ward faces Marcos Baghdatis, while Kyle Edmund’s first round opponent will be a qualifier or a lucky loser. However, Johanna Konta will meet Tsieh Su-Wei in what is a rematch of their French Open first round encounter, as Laura Robson faces Beatriz Haddad and Heather Watson plays Maryna Zanevska. Naomi Broady’s opening round match will be against Irina-Camelia Begu.

In other selected women’s first round matches, Venus Williams faces Elise Mertens and Petra Kvitova will play Johanna Larsson, while world number one Angelique Kerber takes on either a qualifier or lucky loser. Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka will make her return to tennis against Cici Bellis.


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