London - Former champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray
and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the Wimbledon draw on
Top seed and defending champion Novak
Djokovic was kept apart from the other members of the 'Big Four'.
However, the Serb may have to beat
third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the man who defeated him in the French Open final earlier
this month, in the semi-finals.
Djokovic begins his title defence against
experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber before a possible second-round clash
with 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his last Wimbledon.
If the seedings work out, the last 16 would
see Djokovic face Kevin Anderson of South Africa, US Open champion Marin Cilic
against Kei Nishikori, Wawrinka facing David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov taking
on Milos Raonic.
In the bottom half, seven-time champion and
second seed Federer could face Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych would meet Gilles
Simon, 2013 winner Murray could play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with two-time champion
Nadal, seeded 10 this year, up against compatriot David Ferrer.
Federer, the holder of 17 Grand Slam titles
and the runner-up to Djokovic last year, starts his campaign against Bosnia's
Damir Dzumhur, who he beat in the French Open third round.
Murray, seeded three and the 2013 champion,
begins against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.
That's a clash which will invite more
questions over women coaching men.
Murray has Amelie Mauresmo in his corner
while Kukushkin is coached by his wife Anastasia.
French Open champion Wawrinka, who has
never got beyond the quarter-finals at the All England Club, starts against
Portugal's Joao Sousa.
Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion who is
down at his lowest ranking for a decade, begins with a clash against Brazil's
In the women's draw, five-time champion
Serena Williams and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova were drawn to meet in the
Top seed and world number one Williams, who
is bidding to hold all four majors at the same time for the second time in her
career - 'the Serena Slam' - has a 17-2 record over Sharapova.
The Russian's last win over the American
was in the 2004 Wimbledon final.
Serena could meet sister Venus, a fellow
five-time champion and playing in her 18th Wimbledon, in the fourth round.
Serena starts against Russian world number
113, Margarita Gasparyan.
First up, Sharapova will take on British
wild card Johanna Konta, who made the quarter-finals on grass in Eastbourne
Second seed and defending champion Petra
Kvitova would potentially meet Simona Halep in the semi-finals.
Kvitova, also champion in 2011, starts
against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.