THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Nadal To Face Russell At Wimbledon; Isner Draws Mahut Again!
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, has been drawn to meet American Michael Russell in the first round of The Championships at Wimbledon. Nadal has a 29-4 record at the All England Club and will be looking to win his 11th Grand Slam championship.
The Spaniard, who could meet last year's runner-up and No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, has been drawn in the same half of the draw as fourth seed Andy Murray. The British favourite and semi-finalist the past two years will face Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.
Second seed Novak Djokovic, who saw his 41-0 unbeaten start to the year come to an end against Roger Federer in the Roland Garros semi-finals, will begin his quest for a third major championship against France's Jeremy Chardy. The Serbian could challenge fifth seed Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals.
Third seed Federer, in the same half of the draw at Djokovic, will meet Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round. Federer won the Wimbledon title in 2003-07 and 2009. He has a 55-6 record at the grass-court major and will be bidding to win his 17th major title. The Swiss may meet No. 7 seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.
Three-time Wimbledon runner-up and No. 8 seed Andy Roddick will face a qualifier in his first match, with a potential last eight clash against Murray.
Notable first-round match-ups include, John Isner versus Nicolas Mahut, Ivan Ljubicic takes on No. 27 seed Marin Cilic, and Ivo Karlovic is pitted against No. 23 seed Janko Tipsarevic. Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, faces Kei Nishikori.
Isner and Mahut contested a record-breaking 11-hour match in the first round last year. The pair played the longest-ever match in tennis history, which was player over three days and was won by Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68.