Top men’s players get tough quarterfinal draws at Wimbledon

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Top men’s players get tough quarterfinal draws at Wimbledon
Top men’s players get tough quarterfinal draws at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) – The “Big 4” got a tough draw at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the only four men to win the Wimbledon title over the last 14 years and the top four seeded players this year, all could face difficult opponents in the quarterfinals.

Federer, who is looking for a record eighth title at the All England Club, could meet 2016 finalist Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals before facing either Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in the semifinals. Defending champion Murray could have to beat Stan Wawrinka before possibly facing Nadal. The French Open champion will have to beat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.

The toughest draw might have been given to Djokovic, a three-time champion at the All England Club. Struggling since winning last year’s French Open, the Serb has a potential third-round match against Juan Martin del Potro. The 2009 U.S. Open champion beat Djokovic in the first round at last year’s Olympics. Djokovic, however, has won all three head-to-head matches this year.

The top-ranked Murray has been bothered by a sore hip recently and withdrew from a pair of exhibition matches this week. He will open the tournament against lucky loser Alexander Bublik.

Federer last won the Wimbledon title in 2012, but he has been having a stellar year this season, already winning the Australian Open. He will open against Alexandr Dolgopolov.

In other opening matches, Djokovic will face Martin Klizan and Nadal will take on John Millman.

In the women’s draw, top-ranked Angelique Kerber could meet third-seeded Karolina Pliskova or fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals. And Simona Halep, seeded second, could face fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina at the same stage.

Johanna Konta, seeded sixth and Britain’s hope for a first women’s champion since Virginia Wade in 1977, pulled out of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Eastbourne on Friday with what British Tennis called a “thoracic spine injury.” She could face Halep in the quarterfinals.

Venus Williams, a five-time champion who will be appearing at Wimbledon for the 20th time, is seeded 10th and could face eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round and Svitolina in the quarterfinals.

On Thursday, a police report in Florida said Williams caused a car crash in early June that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle.

Williams reached the Australian Open final this year, losing to younger sister Serena in the final. Serena Williams is skipping Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant.

FILE – In this March 31, 2017, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, in a tennis match at the Miami Open, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Federer extended his record with an 18th major championship in Australia, opened the year 19-1, took some time off and then won a grass title at Halle, Germany. With defending champion Andy Murray off-form this season, Federer is a popular pick to win Wimbledon for what would be a record eighth time.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
FILE – Clockwise from top left are file photos showing Rafael Nadal biting the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy after defeating Tomas Berdych on July 4, 2010; Novak Djokovic kissing the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy after defeating Roger Federer on July 12, 2015; Roger Federer kissing the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy after beating Andy Murray on, July 8, 2012; and Andy Murray kissing the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy after beating Milos Raonic on July 10, 2016. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray have combined to win the past 14 Wimbledon men’s titles. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, June 9, 2017, Britain’s Andy Murray in action against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. Britain’s top ranked Andy Murray has pulled out of another exhibition match scheduled for Friday June 30, ahead of the upcoming Wimbledon championships, because of a sore hip, it is announced Thursday June 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, FILE)
FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2016, file photo, Croatia’s Marin Cilic gestures after winning a point against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro during their Davis Cup finals tennis singles match in Zagreb, Croatia. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have combined to win the past 14 Wimbledon men’s titles. If someone else is going to take home the title, Cilic is a possible candidate. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action against Great Britain’s Johanna Konta during day seven of the International tennis at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, southern England, Thursday June 29, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Romania’s Simona Halep returns a shot to Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during the AEGON International tennis tournament, at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, Thursday June 29, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki makes a return to Romania’s Simona Halep during the AEGON International tennis tournament, at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, Thursday June 29, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
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