Wimbledon draw out, Nadal and Federer set to meet in Quarterfinals

6/23/13 in Tennis   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Wimbledon draw out, Nadal and Federer set to meet in QuarterfinalsWimbledon begins tomorrow morning, and the draw was released earlier this weekend. The thing everyone was watching was where Rafael Nadal would be placed. Despite winning the French Open two weeks ago, Nadal was still ranked just 5th in the ATP, and thus seeded 5th. That meant that Nadal would face one of the top four seeds in the quarterfinals, if both advanced.

Well, the draw is out, and Nadal is set to face none other than Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. If both advance that far, it'll be the 31st edition of the great rivalry. It would be the first time they two faced off at Wimbledon since their epic 2008 final, won by Nadal 9-7 in the 5th set.

If the draw holds, the winner of that match would face Andy Murray in the semifinals. Murray was a finalist last year, and then a gold medal winner at Wimbledon during the Olympics, but missed the French Open with a back injury. Top seeded Novak Djokovic is in the other half of the draw, and will avoid the rest of the Big Four until the final. His semifinal opponent could be David Ferrer, but while the Spaniard never gives up, grass isn't his strong surface. Djokovic's toughest test until the final could be the tricky and unpredictable Tomas Berdych in the quarters.

On the women's side, the feuding Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are the favorites, but won't potentially play each other until the final. Serena's half of the draw does contain some tricky grass players, including last year's runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska potentially in the semifinals. Of course, the way Serena has been playing, it might not matter. Sharapova's half of the draw is also headlined by two time Australian Open champion and serial shrieker Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka has made the semifinals the last two Wimbledon. Another possible opponent late for Sharapova is Petra Kvitova. The Czech player is inconsistent, but did beat Sharapova in the 2011 final, so she's one to watch if her head's on straight.

But until the semifinal and final weekend, the potential match circled on everyone's calendar for this fortnight would take place next Tuesday or Wednesday: Federer vs. Nadal.
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