Wimbledon

Nadal blocks Murray's dream

2011-06-17 18:08
Andy Murray (File)
London - Andy Murray is likely to have to overcome the might of defending champion Rafael Nadal if he is to achieve his dream of ending Britain's long wait for a men's Wimbledon crown.

The fourth-seeded Scot found himself in Nadal's side of the draw here on Friday as the line-up for the opening round of the men's singles was confirmed by organisers at Wimbledon.

Second seed Novak Djokovic and six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, seeded three, are on course to meet in the semi-finals after being placed in the opposite side of the draw.

Murray opens against Spanish world number 56 Daniel Gimeno-Traver while Nadal faces American Michael Russell.

Federer opens against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan while Djokovic faces France's Jeremy Chardy.

However most interest from Friday's draw surrounded the rematch between American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mahut in a repeat of their marathon 183-game epic at last year's championships.

Isner and Mahut slogged their way into the record books last year when their first round duel became the longest match in tennis history, a gruelling 11-hour and five-minute game over three days.

When it was over, Isner had clinched a 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7/9) 7-6 (7/3) 70-68 first-round victory.

Twelve months later and the two journeymen are set to do it all over again when Wimbledon gets under way next week.

Isner is adamant that the records set in last year's match will never be broken. "It won't happen again," he said recently. "Not even come close."

Meanwhile, since last year's duel Isner and Mahut have become firm friends.

"Honestly, before Wimbledon, we'd never said one word to each other," Isner said of Mahut. "Now we text each other quite often and I've got to know that he's a really class act and a really good guy."

In the women's side of the draw, returning sisters Venus and Serena Williams were kept apart, raising the possibility of a fifth all-Williams final.

The top three women seeds are Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and Li Na, from China, who became the first Asian player to win a grand slam at this month's French Open.

Wozniacki opens against Aranxta Parra Satonja from Spain, while Li, who she could meet in the semi-finals, begins against Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva.

Second seed Zvonareva starts against Alison Riske of the United States.

Wimbledon draw list:

Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, vs. Michael Russell, United States

Pablo Andujar, Spain, vs. Ryan Sweeting, United States

wc-Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, vs. Tommy Haas, Germany

Fabio Fognini, Italy, vs. Milos Raonic (31), Canada

Juan Martin del Potro (24), Argentina, vs. Qualifier

Qualifier, vs. Oliver Rochus, Belgium

Frederico Gil, Portugal, vs. wc-Dudi Sela, Israel

Qualifier, vs. Gilles Simon (15), France

Mardy Fish (10), United States, vs. Marcel Granollers, Spain

Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, vs. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan

Robin Haase, Netherlands, vs. Pere Riba, Spain

Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, vs. Fernando Verdasco (21), Spain

Juan Ignacio Chela (25), Argentina, vs. Qualifier

Donald Young, United States, vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr., United States

Qualifier, vs. Julien Benneteau, France

Filippo Volandri, Italy, vs. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

Andy Murray (4), Britain, vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain

Tobias Kamke, Germany, vs. Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia

Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, vs. wc-Daniel Cox, Britain

Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia, vs. Marin Cilic (27), Croatia

Richard Gasquet (17), France, vs. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia

Igor Kunitsyn, Russia, vs. Qualifier

Qualifier vs. Qualifier

Potito Starace, Italy, vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (14), Switzerland

Gael Monfils (9), France, vs. Matthias Bachinger, Germany

Qualifier vs. Robert Kendrick, United States

wc-Arnaud Clement, France, vs. Qualifier

Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, vs. Janko Tipsarevic (23), Serbia

Thomaz Bellucci (30), Brazil, vs. Rainer Schuettler, Germany

Feliciano Lopez, Spain, vs. Michael Berrer, Germany

Jaroslav Pospisil, Czech Republic, vs. Victor Hanescu, Romania

Qualifier vs. Andy Roddick (8), United States

David Ferrer (7), Spain, vs. Benoit Paire, France

Ivan Dodig, Croatia, vs. Qualifier

Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, vs. Qualifier

Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (26), Spain

Alexandr Dolgopolov (22), Ukraine, vs. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile

Qualifier, vs. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Spain

Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, vs. Qualifier

Qualifier, vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

Nicolas Almagro (16), Spain, vs. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland

John Isner, United States, vs. Nicolas Mahut, France

Somdev Devvarman, India, vs. Denis Gremelmayr, Germany

Juan Monaco, Argentina, vs. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia

Florent Serra, France, vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria

Adrian Mannarino, France, vs. Qualifier

Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, vs. Roger Federer (3), Switzerland

Robin Soderling (5), Sweden, vs. Philipp Petzschner, Germany

Kei Nishikori, Japan, vs. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia

Igor Andreev, Russia, vs. Teymuraz Gabashvilli, Russia

Qualifier, vs. Nikolay Davydenko (29), Russia

Florian Mayer (20), Germany, vs. wc-Daniel Evans, Britain

Xavier Malisse, Belgium, vs. Mischa Zverev, Germany

Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, vs. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia

wc-Alejandro Falla, Colombia, vs. Jurgen Melzer (11), Austria

Viktor Troicki (13), Serbia, vs. Maximo Gonzalez, Argentina

Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, vs. Tommy Robredo, Spain

Ricardo Mello, Brazil, vs. Qualifier

wc-James Ward, Britain, vs. Michael Llodra (19), France

Marcos Baghdatis (32), Cyprus, vs. James Blake, United States

Andreas Seppi, Italy, vs. Albert Montanes, Spain

Kevin Anderson, South Africa, vs. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine

Jeremy Chardy, France, vs. Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia ^Women=

Caroline Wozniacki (1), Denmark, vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja, Spain

Sania Mirza, India, vs. Virginie Razzano, France

Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, vs. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic

Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine, vs. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia

Dominika Cibulkova (24), Slovakia, vs. Mirjana Lucic, Croatia

Polona Hercog, Slovenia, vs. Johanna Larsson, Sweden

Mathilde Johansson, France, vs. wc-Heather Watson, Britain

Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, vs. Julia Goerges (16), Germany

Samantha Stosur (10), Australia, vs. Melinda Czink, Hungary

Anastasiya Yakimova, Belarus, vs. Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden

Elena Baltacha, Britain, vs. Qualifier

Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, vs. Peng Shuai, China

Lucie Safarova (31), Czech Republic, vs. Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic

Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, vs. wc-Emily Webley-Smith, Britain

Angelique Kerber, Germany, vs. wc-Laura Robson, Britain

Anna Chakvetadze, Russia, vs. Maria Sharapova (5), Russia

Li Na (3), China, vs. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia

wc-Sabine Lisicki, Germany, vs. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia

Zheng Jie, China, vs. Zuzana Ondraskova, Czech Republic

Qualifier vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States

Ana Ivanovic, Serbia, vs. Melanie Oudin, United States

Coco Vandeweghe, United States, vs. wc-Eleni Daniilidou, Greece

Kristina Barrois, Germany, vs. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic

Olga Govortsova, Belarus, vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (13), Poland

Marion Bartoli (9), France vs. Qualifier

Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, vs. Romina Oprandi, Italy

Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, vs. Chanelle Scheepers, Netherlands

Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, vs. Flavia Pennetta (21), Italy

Maria Kirilenko (26), Russia, vs. Alberta Brianti, Italy

Qualifier vs. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan

Simona Halep, Romania, vs. Bojana Jovanovski, Serbia

Aravane Rezai, France, vs. Serena Williams (7), United States

Francesca Schiavone (6), Italy, vs. Jelena Dokic, Australia

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, vs. Qualifier

Ayumi Morita, Japan, vs. Tamira Paszek, Austria

Christina McHale, United States, vs. Ekaterina Makarova (28), Russia

Shahar Peer (22), Israel, vs. Ksenia Pervak, Russia

Sorana Cirstea, Romania, vs. Pauline Parmentier, France

Qualifier vs. Qualifier

Greta Arn, Germany, vs. Andrea Petkovic (11), Germany

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (14), Russia, vs. Qualifier

Vesna Dolonts, Russia, vs. Nadia Petrova, Russia

Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, vs. Alize Cornet, France

Sara Errani, Italy, vs. Kaia Kanepi (17), Estonia

Daniela Hantuchova (25), Slovakia, vs. Qualifier

Qualifier vs. Qualifier

Sandra Zahlavova, Czech Republic, vs. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic

Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, vs. Victoria Azarenka (4), Belarus

Petra Kvitova (8), Czech Republic, vs. Qualifier

wc-Naomi Broady, Britain, vs. Anne Keothavong, Britain

Rebecca Marino, Canada, vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Austria

Vera Dushevina, Russia, vs. Roberta Vinci, Italy

Yanina Wickmayer (19), Belgium, vs. Varvara Lepchenko, United States

Anastasia Pivovarova, Russia, vs. Anna Tatishvili, Georgia

Jill Craybas, United States, vs. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania

Zhang Shuai, China, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (12), Russia

Jelena Jankovic (15), Serbia, vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain

Monica Niculescu, Romania, vs. Sybille Bammer, Austria

wc-Katie O'Brien, Britain, vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan

Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, vs. Venus Williams (23), United States

Tsvetana Pironkova (32), Bulgaria, vs. Qualifier

Vania King, United States, vs. Petra Martic, Croatia

Elena Vesnina, Russia, vs. Laura Pous-Tio, Spain

Alison Riske, United States, vs. Vera Zvonareva (2), Russia

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