Wimbledon - Murray and Nadal draw brutal routes to final at Wimbledon

Andy Murray will open up the defence of his Wimbledon title against David Goffin - but things get a lot tougher thereafter.

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Wimbledon - Murray and Nadal draw brutal routes to final at Wimbledon
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Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy (Reuters)

The draw for the All England Tennis Championships took place on Friday, with top seed Novak Djokovic drawing Andrey Golubev in his opening match.

If the results go according to seedings and rankings, Murray will face Pablo Andujar of Spain in the second round, Roberto Bautista of Spain in the third round and Italy's 16th seed Fabio Fognini in the fourth round.

The Scot would then face three unbelievably tough matches in his last three encounters if he were to win the title: David Ferrer in the quarter-finals, Djokovic in the semi-finals and world number one Rafael Nadal in the final.

Ferrer is the major doubt of those matches, however: the Spanish clay court maestro, seeded 7th, will come up against 11th seed and recent Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round. Dimitrov on grass would likely pose a far stiffer challenge to Murray.

Djokovic also faces a major hurdle to make the semi-finals: he is set to face Wimbledon crowd favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - a semi-finalist in 2011 and 2012 - in the fourth round, and will then likely have to take on 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

Nadal and Roger Federer - seeded second and fourth respectively - are in the same half of the draw. Federer is in the same quarter as fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the fifth seed, though big-serving John Isner - seeded ninth - could easily stop Wawrinka progressing beyond the fourth round if his serve is on song.

Nadal also has a tough quarter: he is scheduled to meet giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the third round, former Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in the fourth round before in-form Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarter-finals.

Britain's James Ward will start his campaign against Russian 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny, Dan Cox will take on France's Jeremy Chardy, Dan Evans faces Russia's Andre Kuznetsov, Daniel Smethurst plays US ninth seed Isner while up-and-coming hopeful Kyle Edwards - the 2012 US Junior and 2013 French Open Junior champion - faces Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer.

In the women's event, top seed Serena Williams faces Anna Tatishvili in her first match, while Maria Sharapova - seeded fifth - plays British wildcard Samantha Murray in the first round.

British number one Heather Watson opens up her tournament against Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic - but if she progresses, faces a very tough second-round match against either Angelique Kerber or Urszula Radwanska.

The other British wildcards have not drawn seeds: Tara Moore plays Vera Zvonareva, Naomi Broady plays Timea Babos and Johanna Jonta takes on Shaui Peng.

Ana Ivanovic faces Italy's Francesca Schiavone in the pick of the women's opening round matches, pitting two former French Open champions against each other.

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