Nadal, Roddick Murray in Same Half at Wimbledon
Seeded outside the Top 4, Andy Roddick was the “x factor” of this year’s Wimbledon draw. In a ceremony this morning, the former World No. 1 landed in top seed Rafael Nadal’s quarter.
Joining Nadal and Roddick in the top half is No. 3 Andy Murray.
French Open champion Roger Federer is the two seed at the bottom of the draw. Federer is seeded to meet Robin Soderling in the fourth round then Fernando Verdasco in the quaterfinals. If Federer wins the title and Nadal slips before the semifinal then the Swiss will return to No. 1.
The third-seeded Novak Djokovic may have Tommy Robredo as his highest seed in the fourth round then Juan Martin Del Potro in the final eight.
Nadal is seeded to face David Ferrer in the 16s followed by Roddick. Murray meets Stanslas Wawrinka before a possible quarterfinal with Gilles Simon.
Nadal and his top half are expected to play on Monday, with Federer’s bottom half on Tuesday.
Nadal is scheduled to play Wawrinka in an exhibition match later this afternoon in Lodon. Afterward the Spaniard is expected announce whether he will be able to defend his title, or withdraw because of his ongoing knee tendonitis.
If Nadal does withdraw today or before the Monday schedule is released, No. 5 seed Del Potro will take his place at the top of the draw with Nicolas Kiefer securing the #33 seed at James Blake’s draw position, with Blake assuming Del Potro’s spot.
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