Published June 22, 2012
London, England – The Wimbledon draw was revealed on Friday and reigning champion Novak Djokovic could face six-time winner Roger Federer in a marquee semifinal in two weeks.
The world No. 1 Djokovic, who currently holds the Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open titles, will open his 2012 Championships fortnight against former top-ranked star Juan Carlos Ferrero on Centre Court at the storied All England Club, which will also play host to the London Olympic Games later this summer.
Djokovic would appear to have a clear road to the quarterfinals, where he could face sixth-seeded 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych. Federer could then loom in the semis.
The Serbian stalwart Djokovic, who owns five major titles, beat Rafael Nadal in last year's Wimbledon final to secure his first-ever title at tennis' most prestigious event.
Meanwhile, the second-seeded former No. 1 and seven-time French Open champion Nadal will open his 2012 Wimbledon stay against Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci. The Spanish left-hander would appear to have a nice draw into the quarters, where he could be opposed by fifth-seeded former Aussie Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will open his stay at the AEC against former world No. 1 and 2002 Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt.
Another potential quarterfinal opponent for the two-time champion and three- time runner-up Nadal could be 10th-seeded American Mardy Fish, who has been sidelined for the past two months while battling fatigue issues, which wound up requiring a minor heart procedure. Fish could face Tsonga in the fourth round.
Nadal's potential semifinal opponent could be fourth-seeded British favorite Andy Murray, seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, ninth-seeded former U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, or three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
The three-time Grand Slam finalist Murray will open against former top-five Russian star Nikolay Davydenko and could have his hands full with rising 21st- seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round. Murray's potential quarterfinal opponent could be Ferrer, del Potro or Roddick, who will open his stay versus British wild card Jamie Baker next week.
Ferrer and Roddick could do battle in the third round, and Ferrer or Roddick could tangle with del Potro in the fourth in the star-studded top section in the bottom half of the draw.
The third-seeded Federer will open up against Spaniard Albert Ramos and appears to have a nice path into the quarters, where the 16-time Grand Slam great could meet eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic or 11th-seeded towering American John Isner. Tipsarevic should have his hands full with 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian in the opening round.
The 6-foot-9 Isner will open up against Colombian Alejandro Falla after starting his last two Wimbledons against France's Nicolas Mahut, including their epic three-day, more-than-11-hour first-rounder on Court 18 two years ago, which was won by Isner.
Isner and Mahut could meet again, in the second round, next week. The American topped the Frenchman in straight sets on Court 3 last year.
Djokovic and Nadal could meet in a record fifth straight Grand Slam final. The super Serb has won three of the last four and four of the last six majors, with Nadal claiming a pair of French Open titles during that span.
The Championships, Wimbledon will commence Monday.