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Federer, Murray, Nadal in same half for Wimbledon

London: Former champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the Wimbledon draw yesterday. Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart from the other members of the 'Big Four'.


Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

However, the Serb may have to beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka 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.

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 Damir Dzumhur.

Murray, seeded three and the 2013 champion, begins against Mikhail Kukushkin.

French Open champion Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the quarter-finals at the All England Club, starts against Joao Sousa.

Serena, Sharapova could meet in semis

London: Five-time champion Serena Williams and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova were drawn to meet in the Wimbledon semi-finals yesterday. Top seed and World No 1 Williams, who is bidding to hold all four majors at the same time for the second time in her career 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 four-time champion, in the fourth round. Second seed and defending champion Petra Kvitova would potentially meet Simona Halep in the semi-finals.

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