Updated: 21/06/2013 11:16 | By pa.press.net

Nadal is the man to avoid at Wimbledon



Rafael Nadal is seeded fifth at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal is seeded fifth at Wimbledon

All eyes will be on Rafael Nadal's name on Friday as the draw for Wimbledon is made at the All England Club.

The mathematical procedure used to calculate seedings means that despite being a 12-time grand slam champion, Nadal is seeded fifth for the tournament, which he has won twice.

Unfortunately for the likes of British number one Andy Murray, and the other top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and David Ferrer, that means they could have to play the Spaniard in the quarter-finals.

Murray has lost all three meetings against Nadal at SW19, but the Scot insists too much emphasis is placed on the draw - and he has a point. After all, this time last year the talk was of Murray having received a nightmare draw.

After being handed Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, Murray was then given a possible route to the semi-finals that included 6ft 10in Ivo Karlovic, 6ft 8in Kevin Anderson and Canada's rising star Milos Raonic and Ferrer. Murray actually looked relatively untroubled last summer as he reached the final where he was defeated by Federer.

Despite missing the French Open with a back injury, Murray is in a buoyant mood ahead of Wimbledon and former champion John McEnroe thinks either the Scot or Djokovic will win the title this year. "It's a tough call but I would pick Djokovic as the favourite and Murray would be the second," said the three-time Wimbledon champion. "I think Murray will be hungrier not playing the French, maybe a little fresher.

"Then Roger, because he still has such a great game for grass. It's tough to win it back-to-back at his age. Rafa having come back so great... maybe I'm wrong, because I thought he would be a little tired. That would be the order if I had to pick 1 to 4."

While the men's singles could seemingly be won by four or five players, exactly the opposite is the case in the women's draw.

For when the names are drawn out at 10am on Friday morning, the one woman every female player will be looking to avoid is Serena Williams. Since crashing out of the 2012 French Open at the first hurdle, Williams has won three of the last four majors thanks largely to a change in coach to Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou.

Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are the favourites to join Williams in the women's final, although there is also big interest this year in Britain's Laura Robson, who has climbed to 37 in the world rankings.

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