Federer the unlucky one as Wimbledon draw favours Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic was already the clear favourite for Wimbledon before the unveiling of the draw, but the fact he has avoided Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in his half must make him an even more fancied proposition for tournament victory now at 11/8.

With Nadal the fifth seed despite his French Open triumph, much of the talk before the draw related to which of the four players above him would face the Spaniard in the quarter finals.

Defending champion Federer (13/2) has drawn the short straw in this regard, while Murray (3/1) is also positioned in the same half to potentially face the winner in the semi finals.

Of the bigger guns in the men’s game, if the top seeds progress Djokovic will meet David Ferrer in the semi finals, with Tomas Berdych is theoretic quarter-final opponent.

Somewhat surprisingly, Djokovic has never previously faced Ferrer on grass, but he has prevailed in all of their last six career meetings.

Despite getting knocked out of both Wimbledon and the Olympics in the first round last year, facing Berdych could prove the trickier contest for the world number one, with Berdych winning their only meeting in 2013 to date and their one previous encounter on grass.

What’s more, Djokovic has also seemingly avoided all of the dangerous floaters lurking lower down the draw that could cause some early-round problems.

Murray probably has the worst of it in this regard. He should make fairly light work of Benjamin Becker in his opener, but from round three onwards his route through could be consistently tough.

Tommy Robredo would be probable in the third round, Janko Tipsarevic or recent Halle finalist Mikhail Youzhny would come next and then either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Marin Cilic in the quarter finals.

Nadal is 7/2 to emulate his 2010 achievement of winning the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season, even if that could mean that he has to defeat Federer, Murray and Djokovic in his last three matches.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

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