Wimbledon: Favourite Roger Federer faces tough task; good draw for ailing Andy Murray
Tournament favourite Roger Federer will have to do things the hard way if he is to win a record eighth Wimbledon title, after he was handed the toughest draw of the big names at the All England Club on Friday. But defending champion Andy Murray, struggling to reach 100 percent fitness because of a sore hip, was given a boost as he will avoid most of the more dangerous opponents in the first week.
The 35-year-old Federer, who is also trying to become the oldest winner in the open era, is the bookmakers’ favourite, having won the warm-up event in Halle last weekend. To win his eighth title, though, he may have to beat Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, last year’s finalist Milos Raonic and three-times champion Novak Djokovic just to get to the final.
Speaking before the draw, former world number one Mats Wilander said Federer, who won his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, had to watch out for some of the younger guns.
“I think Federer’s the favourite but there are a lot of young guys that are very fearless of the older guys these days,” he said. “They don’t really have that intimidation factor with Kyrgios …read more