Thursday 19 April 2018

Tennis: British number one Andy Murray drawn against Russian in Wimbledon opener

Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko. Photo: Getty Images
Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko. Photo: Getty Images

BRITISH number one Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko.

The world number four, who has reached the semi-finals at SW19 for the last three years, has won five of the nine encounters he has had against the 31-year-old Russian, who is a former world number three.



Novak Djokovic begins his title defence with a potentially tricky match against Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, who is ranked 38th in the world and a former world number one.



Murray has endured a difficult time in the run up to Wimbledon, losing all three matches he has played on grass, and he will have been looking for an easier draw than the incredibly tough one he got this morning.



Despite being six years Murray's senior, world number 47 Davydenko will present Britain's number one with an extremely tough task in the first round.



Davydenko won the ATP Tour finals in 2009 and should he beat the Russian, Murray will probably have to overcome the likes of Ivo Karlovic, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic before meeting Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

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