Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign against seasoned claycourter Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Monday.
The Spaniard has a lifetime 2-7 record on the green stuff, and should not pose much of a threat to the British number one, in a match that could be played under the roof. The same could be said of Tobias Kamke and Blav Kavcic. Both are potential second round opponents.
Murray's draw does get more difficult, as you would expect. In round three, his likely opponents could be either of the big serving Croatians, Marin Cilic or Ivan Ljubicic. Ljubicic has never made it to the second week at SW19, and Marin Cilic recently withdrew from Queens due to an ankle injury. If Cilic was 100% fit, his big serve and aggressive game might prove a tricky match for the Scot.Read more (177 more words)
The round of 16 may prove a tougher test. Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet are mercurial shotmakers who have both pushed Murray to five sets in previous years at Wimbledon. However, it would be no surprise to see both exiting the draw earlier than anticipated due to their inconsistent nature.
After the mauling of last week, Andy Roddick will no doubt be aggrieved to find himself in Murray's quarter. The three time finalist was given a grass court clinic at Queens Club, and should provide a tougher test if both meet in the last eight. Gael Monfils could also be the quarter-final opponent, but the athletic Frenchman has never really excelled on grass.
In grand slams, Murray being in the same half as Nadal is becoming rather predictable. The pair have been in the same half for, amazingly, the last four grand slams, and could potentially meet again in the semi-finals.
Murray's draw at a glance.
R1 - Gimeno-Traver
R2 - Kamke/Kavcic
R3 - Cilic/Ljubicic
R4 - Wawrinka/Gasquet
QF - Roddick/Monfils
SF - Nadal
F - Federer/Djokovic