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Wimbledon 2018 draw sees Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal land in the same half

  • Official draw for Wimbledon 2018 has been announced
  • Roger Federer and Marin Cilic are in the top half of the men's draw, while Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are in the bottom half
  • Top seed Simona Halep, defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova all in the top half of the women's draw
Andy Murray drawn to face Benoit Paire in the first round of Wimbledon 2018 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Wimbledon 2018 draw has been announced and we've got the main headlines.

The official draw for The Championships 2018 took place at 10am on Friday morning and it did not lack for intrigue, with defending champion Roger Federer looking like the immediate beneficiary of a lopsided men's draw.

Federer, who has won Wimbledon a record eight times, is projected to face Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals and either Marin Cilic - in a rematch of last year's final - or Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.

The most notable first round in the top half of the draw sees Dimitrov drawn to face Stan Wawrinka, the three-time Grand Slam champion currently on the comeback trail after two knee injuries last week.

In the bottom half of the draw, however, second seed Rafael Nadal could face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals, with French Open finalist Dominic Thiem projected to face Alexander Zverev in the other quarterfinal.

But the bottom half is packed with dangerous players - not least three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who could face Thiem in the round of 16. Nick Kyrgios is Zverev's potential fourth-round opponent.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who has only played two matches in the past 12 months after a hip injury which required surgery, is also in the bottom half of the draw. Currently ranked world no. 156, Murray could have faced any player including any top seed in the first round but has instead drawn world no. 48 Benoit Paire, who recently beat Djokovic on hard courts and had two match points on Federer in Halle, as a first-round opponent. 

Murray is in the same quarter of the draw as Nadal and del Potro, and could face rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov in the second round and del Potro in the third.

In the women's draw, French Open champion and top seed Simona Halep has at first blush been handed a very tough draw. Halep, a former Wimbledon semifinalist, has been drawn in the same half as defending champion Garbine Muguruza and could face two-time champion Petra Kvitova, most people's favourite for the title, in the quarterfinals.

The Halep-Kvitova quarter looks to be particularly loaded. The 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, is Kvitova's projected fourth-round opponent but Maria Sharapova is also in that section and could face Ostapenko in the third round - and hence Kvitova in the fourth.

Defending champion Muguruza could meet Daria Kasatkina in the fourth round and either Caroline Garcia or Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Wimbledon finalist and an excellent grass-court player, in the quarterfinals.

In the bottom half of the draw, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, the second seed, is projected to face Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals with Karolina Pliskova vs French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens the other quarterfinal. Venus Williams, the 2017 runner-up, is in the Pliskova-Stephens quarter and could face Pliskova in the fourth round while big-serving Americans Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe stand out in the Svitolina-Wozniacki quarter.

The big question, though, was where Serena Williams would land - and it's not good news for Svitolina.

Williams was seeded 25th by the committee in a departure from usual practice, in which seedings follow rankings, as the tournament acknowledged the unique situation of the seven-time champion being ranked as low as world no. 183 in the wake of having missed almost all of the 2017 season and large swathes of 2018 so far due to giving birth to her first child last September.

That seeding meant she couldn't face a top seed before the third round.

Williams has been drawn into the Svitolina-Wozniacki quarter and could face Svitolina, the fifth seed, in the third round. The seven-time champion, who won the title on both of her last appearances at the All-England Club, will play Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the first round.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska is also in the same quarter and could face second seed Wozniacki in the third round.

Another danger player is former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka - she could face Karolina Pliskova in the second round.

Full draw analysis to follow.

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Wimbledon 2018 draw sees Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal land in the same half

Andy Murray will open against Benoit Paire and could face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round; in the women's draw for Wimbledon 2018, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza dominate the top half while Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki are all in the bottom half

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