Federer, Nadal may face off in Wimbledon quarters
Seven-time champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Rafael Nadal were lined-up for a potential Wimbledon quarter-final blockbuster when the draw for the season's third Grand Slam was made yesterday.
The draw was good news for World No 1 Novak Djokovic, the 2011 champion, after second-seeded Andy Murray was also placed in the same half as Federer and Nadal.
That would leave Australian Open champion Djokovic free from facing any of his major rivals until the final. Third seed Federer and Nadal, who have met 30 times in their careers, were placed in the same quarter of the draw after the Spaniard was only seeded five having lost in the second round in 2012.
If the seedings play out, then the quarter-finals would see Djokovic tackle Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, the fourth seed, would meet Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal would face Federer while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would take on Murray.
Djokovic starts his campaign against Germany’s Florian Mayer while Murray, the runner-up to Federer in 2012, starts against another German, Benjamin Becker. Federer starts against Romania’s Victor Hanescu.
Nadal, the champion in 2008 and 2010, is fresh from his record eighth French Open win and begins against Belgium’s Steve Darcis.