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Wimbledon draw: Hard track ahead of eight-time champion Roger Federer

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The Swiss Roger Federer

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland will potentially have to beat world number two Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Germany’s Alexander Zverev to reach the 13th Wimbledon final, according to a draw announced on Friday.

Federer, who has a record of 101-13 matches at Wimbledon since his debut in 1999, will face France’s world number 42 Adrian Manarino in the first round.

Sixth seed Federer, who has beaten Manarino six times in total, could face the runner-up in the Queen’s Club Championship, Englishman Cameron Nori, in the third round.

Federer would have hoped to lose in the second round of the Noventi Open in Halle, Germany last week, as he sought the record 21st Grand Slam championship. If the 39-year-old reaches the quarterfinals, he could face Medvedev, who is competing in the Mallorca championship this week.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who beat Federer in the 2019 Wimbledon final, may have to beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas or two-time champion Andy Murray in the semifinals.

But before that, Djokovic will have to beat British wildcard Jack Draper in the opening round and South African Kevin Anderson in the second round. The fifth-placed Russian Andrei Rublev could be his quarterfinal opponent.

Third seed Tsitsipas will try to beat American Francis Tiafoe in the first round, while fourth seed Alexander Zverev will take Dutch qualifier Talon Grikspur in his opening match.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, will miss this year’s Wimbledon.

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