Just like the French Open, the draw at Wimbledon is going to go a long way in deciding how the prestigious tournament plays out.
At Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal competed in the semifinals in one of the best matches of the year. Unfortunately, the finals ended up being a letdown, as Nadal defeated David Ferrer in straight sets.
Fans will hope for a little more balance in the bracket at Wimbledon, although it all comes down to the luck of the draw.
While the actual play does not start until June 24, the draw is exciting on its own. Therefore, here is a guide to what you need to know about the draw.
When: Friday, June 21
Time: 6 a.m. ET
Where: Wimbledon, Great Britain
Live Stream: Wimbledon Live
At tennis Grand Slams, the brackets are based on a mix of luck as well as past accomplishments. The No. 1 seed cannot face the No. 2 seed until the finals, although the rest of the bracket is pretty much up for grabs.
On the Friday before the tournament begins, the defending champions will pick the seeded players at random for the spots they will be placed in the draw. Roger Federer will select the women's bracket, and Serena Williams will select the men's draw to make sure there is no doubt over fairness.
By the end of the day, everyone will know his or her path to the finals, although not everyone will be happy about it.
The men's draw is set to get interesting in a hurry. While the French Open had only a couple of players reasonably capable of winning it all, this year's Wimbledon championship is incredibly deep.
Djokovic comes in as the top seed after a dominant year of play. He is the most consistent player in the world at this point, and he won this event two years ago.
On the other hand, Federer is the defending champ and continues to show that he is the best in the sport on grass. The seven-time winner also recently won at Halle, so he will come in with some momentum for the first time all year.
Of course, Nadal is the hottest player on tour after an impressive clay-court season. He is 43-2 in 2013 so far, although most of that has come on his favorite surface.
The problem is that the Spanish star could end up being the No. 5 seed at this event, which means he could face one of the top players as early as the quarterfinals.
Finally, Andy Murray looks to come back strong after missing the French Open with a back injury. He recently won the Queen's title and appears to be as strong of a contender as ever.
Any of these competitors and more are capable of winning it all, but the final matchup could depend on the draw as much as the play on the court.
Williams will be the clear favorite in this tournament as she returns to the spot where she began her renaissance.
After losing in the first round of the 2012 French Open, Williams got her act together and cruised to a win at Wimbledon. She then followed that up with a gold medal at the London Olympics, a win at the U.S. Open and a recent win at Roland Garros.
If not for a loss to Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open, the American would have had a near-perfect year.
Still, there will be a few more competitors trying to knock her off her pedestal at the All England Club.
Maria Sharapova has been the most consistent female on tour besides Williams and has proven the ability to compete at a high level on every surface. Unfortunately, she has not defeated the No. 1 seed since 2004 and is unlikely to do so any time soon.
Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska have also had a good amount of success in this tournament and should be considered contenders over the fortnight.
However, it all comes back to Williams. If she can compete at her top level, there might not be anyone on tour who can beat her.
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