Andy Murray will be more concerned by his fitness than by the opponents who could be in his path when Wimbledon starts on Monday, but today’s draw was every bit as favourable to the world No 1 as he might have hoped.
Murray, who practised here this morning for the first time after injuring his hip, is in the opposite half of the draw to Roger Federer and does not appear to have any major banana skins in his path in the early stages of the tournament.
If the seedings go to plan Murray would meet Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals, Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Novak Djokovic in the final. However the Scot is far too experienced a campaigner to be thinking that far ahead, particularly given the current concerns over his fitness.
Instead Murray will focus on his opening match against Alexander Bublik, a 20-year-old Russian who came through the qualifying tournament. The world No 134 made his Grand Slam debut at this year’s Australian Open, where he beat France’s Lucas Pouille in the first round before losing to Malek Jaziri.
In the second round Murray would meet either Portugal’s Joao Sousa or Germany’s Dustin Brown, who knocked out Rafael Nadal two years ago, and in the third he is seeded to meet Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
While Brown is an explosive big hitter who can sometimes trouble the best, Murray’s first major challenge would be more likely to come in the fourth round against Pouille or Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. Pouille, aged 23, and Kyrgios, aged 22, are two of the game’s most exciting young talents, though neither man has beaten Murray.
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