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Murray thrown into the deep end of Wimbledon draw with Djokovic

| 22.06.2014

Andy Murray will have to work extra hard for his strawberries and cream this year as the defending Wimbledon champion has landed in the same side of the draw as number one seed Novak Djokovic.

Although Murray defeated the Serb in last year’s showpiece, a path to this year’s final which swerved the 7/4 favourite would have been better for the Brit, who is a 10/3 chance for successive titles.

Djokovic has not won a Grand Slam since his 2013 Australian Open triumph, but ominously for Muzza he’s made three of the last four finals of majors, including the recent French Open.

The Scot will still be confident in his own abilities on his beloved surface, but may also have to hurdle Queens Club champion Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.

A potential boon to Murray’s chances, other than having new coach Amelie Mauresmo in his camp from the onset of the championships, is that Djokovic pulled out of a recent exhibition match as a precaution after feeling soreness in his wrist.

Meanwhile, the draw is better news for the 2008 and 2010 champion Rafael Nadal, as, if the world number one can avoid another shock early exit, his path to the final is clear of many monster obstacles.

For starters, the 9/2 shot has avoided both the number four and five seeds in his quarter so one of seven-time SW19 winner Roger Federer and Aussie Open champ Stanislas Wawrinka will have already fallen by the semis.

Federer is 11/2 to win an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s crown, while Stan is a distant 20/1 after the draw.

The action at the all-England club kicks off on Monday 23rd June.

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Christian Crowther

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