The draw for the 2012 Wimbledon Championships just took place a few hours ago, and every competitor now knows exactly whom he or she must face in their quest for glory at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Some of the best players in the world drew what appears to be an easy road to the latter stages of the tournament, while others had no luck and have an uphill battle to fight right from the first round.
Let’s take a look at how the draw will impact some of the top stars in tennis.
Murray has perhaps the hardest draw of all and will open his quest to win a first major against Nikolay Davydenko, a 31-year-old with a lot of experience against top competition. Should Murray advance (and it’s likely, as Davydenko has never made it past the fourth round in his lengthy career), he’ll likely be facing Ivo Karlovic—a 33-year-old Croatian that has done quite well on grass in his day.
The No. 4 seeded Scotsman also has to deal with Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in his portion of the bracket, which will be extremely tough matchups and almost insures that Murray will not be winning at SW19.
The defending champion is set to meet with Roger Federer, as the two top stars were once again placed in the same half of the draw.
Djoker destroyed the aging Federer in straight sets at the French Open and will have a good chance to overcome the Swiss star if they meet again in July.
It’s unlikely that anyone even has a remote shot of beating Nole up until the semifinals, and he will open his Wimbledon campaign against Juan Carlos Ferrero—a former No. 1 but now a shell of his former self.
Sharapova is experiencing a bit of a career revival after a runner-up finish at the Australian Open and a victory at the French Open in 2012.
Now she is back on top of the world and has earned the No. 1 seed at the All England Club. Sharapova starts the tournament off against Anastasia Rodionova.
The biggest threats to the Russian in her half of the bracket are No. 5 Samantha Stosur, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and unseeded Venus Williams.