Murray at risk of Nadal last eight tie in nightmare Wimbledon draw

 
Frank Dalleres
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BRITAIN’S Andy Murray could meet two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal as early as the quarter-finals, after the tournament seedings were released yesterday.

Murray, runner-up last year, is seeded second for the first time, while Nadal, fresh from his record-breaking eighth French Open title, is only fifth.

World No1 Novak Djokovic is top seed for the grand slam, which starts on Monday, with defending champion Roger Federer third and Spain’s David Ferrer fourth. The draw is made tomorrow, when Murray’s best-case scenario would see him in the same half as Ferrer but avoiding Djokovic, Federer or Nadal until the final.

Last year’s winner Serena Williams is the top seed in the women’s draw, followed by Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Williams yesterday distanced herself from a magazine interview in which she was quoted as saying a 16-year-old rape victim “shouldn’t have put herself in that position”.