Wimbledon Draw Is Kind To 4/1 Shot Murray

Tennis Preview: Wimbledon Draw Is Kind To 4/1 Shot Murray

2017-07-01
Defending champion starts against lucky loser on Centre Court.

Defending champion Andy Murray can be backed at 4/1 to win Wimbledon again after receiving what appears to be a favourable draw in the latter stages.

The top seed will open his campaign against 20-year-old Alexander Bublik, a lucky loser ranked 134. On paper it is a kind draw, with Bublik having lost 12-10 in a fifth set to Daniel Brands in the final round of qualifying.

He could face Dustin Brown in the second round, where the German knocked out Nadal two years ago, while big-hitting Italian Fabio Fognini may lurk in round three.

If Murray can navigate his way into the last 16, he might be fairly satisfied with his draw from then on. Nick Kyrgios is a potentially dangerous foe in the fourth round but the Australian has been struggling with a hip injury and has never got the better of Murray in four attempts.

The world number one is then due to meet Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals but while the Swiss beat Murray at the French Open earlier this month, he is far less comfortable on grass.

Rafael Nadal would certainly be a formidable opponent in the semis although Murray would likely have preferred the Spaniard to the in-form Roger Federer, who was the other possible top four seed to land in his half.

Federer is the 9/4 favourite to win a 19th major title at SW19 but the 35-year-old opens up against the awkward Alexandr Dolgopolov, while Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic could all block his path to the semi-finals. There, he is due to meet Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic plays world number 44 Martin Klizan in round one, when he is 15/1 to suffer a shock defeat, before a potential match-up with Juan Martin del Potro in round three.

Nadal begins against Australian John Millman and is 21/50 to ease through in straight sets.