Wimbledon’s defending champ and World No 1 Novak Djokovic drawn to meet seven-time champion and Swiss master in mouth-watering penultimate clash
London: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seven-time winner Roger Federer were yesterday drawn to meet in the semi-finals of this year’s Wimbledon which starts on Monday.
two good: Serbia’s World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Switzerland’s Roger Federer. pics/ap/pti, afp
World No 1 Djokovic, who is bidding to take another step closer to the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969, has defeated Federer in the last two finals at the All England Club.
The draw means that second seed Andy Murray, the 2013 champion, was lined up for a semi-final against fourth seeded Stan Wawrinka. Three-time champion Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam with victory at the French Open earlier this month and now holds all four majors.
It was his 12th career major and made him the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian and French Opens in the same year. The 29-year-old Serb begins his Wimbledon campaign against British wild card James Ward and could meet big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the last-eight.
Murray takes on compatriot Liam Broady in the first round with a potential clash against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round. Frenchman Richard Gasquet is a possible quarter-final rival.
Federer, seeded three but enduring an injury-hit season, starts against Argentina’s Guido Pella, ranked 51 in the world. The 34-year-old Swiss, the holder of a record 17 majors, could face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.
If seedings play out, Wawrinka would come up against in-form Dominic Thiem of Austria for a place in the last-four.
Defending women’s champion Serena Williams, chasing a seventh Wimbledon title to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 majors, was drawn to face Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the last-four. Radwanska made the final in 2012.
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams in the Roland Garros final but lost to the American in the Wimbledon championship match in 2015, could face Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber in the last-four.