The focus of Friday’s men’s singles draw is guaranteed to be where Nadal falls, with the two-time Wimbledon champion expected to be seeded fifth.
Although the All England Club do not stick completely to the world rankings, their formula to give extra weight to results on grass will not help Nadal given his second-round Wimbledon exit last year.
Although the Spaniard won an eighth French Open title this month, he dropped to fifth in the rankings because countryman David Ferrer improved on last year’s performance by reaching the final at Roland Garros.
Murray will be seeded second but could face the nightmare scenario of a quarter-final against Nadal, a semi-final against defending champion Roger Federer and a final against World No 1 Novak Djokovic.
The Scot insisted he is ready to face whatever comes his way, saying in his BBC Sport column: “I know there will be a lot of interest in the draw this year as Rafael Nadal looks like being seeded fifth, but as a player you can’t get too obsessed about the draw.
“I’d sign up to be in the quarter-finals against Rafa tomorrow if someone offered me that. “You could say if I get through that match, then the semi-final might not be as tough, but if you want to win the biggest tournaments you have to beat the best players in the world. It doesn’t really matter where they are in the draw.”
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