Djokovic will avoid his three old rivals until the final. -Photo by AP
Djokovic will avoid his three old rivals until the final. -Photo by AP

LONDON: Seven-time champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Rafael Nadal were lined-up as potential Wimbledon quarter-final opponents when the draw for the season's third Grand Slam was made Friday.

The draw was good news for world number one Novak Djokovic, the 2011 champion, after second seeded Andy Murray was also placed in the same half of the draw as Federer and Nadal.

That would leave Djokovic free of facing any of his major rivals until the final.

Third seed Federer and Nadal, who have met 30 times in their careers, were placed in the same quarter of the draw after the Spaniard was only seeded five having lost in the second round in 2012.

If the seedings play out, then the quarter-finals would see Djokovic tackle Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, the fourth seed, would meet Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal would face Federer while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would face Murray.

Published Jun 21, 2013 02:34pm

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realistskeptic
Jun 21, 2013 10:19pm

It will be interesting to know in whose half will Del Potro and Berdych end up. Given Federer's downfall had begun last year post Olympics, it is likely his streak of 36 consecutive Grand Slam Quarterfinals will end. If Nadal remains fit, he will most likely end up facing Djokovic in the final given the poor record of Murray against him in Grand Slams and I doubt someone like Rosol, Haas, Janowicz, Karlovic,Tsonga would be able to unsettle Nadal based on his incredible run since his comeback from injury. Its pretty much a gimme half on Djokovic's side and it will be a huge surprise if he doesn't make it into the final as he will be pumped up more than ever to put his hands on a Grand Slam trophy after a huge disappointment at Roland Garros. Del Potro and Berdych will be the favorites to cause an upset.