Roger Federer faces hard road at Wimbledon
Reuters in London
Roger Federer faces a tough road to reaching another Wimbledon final after yesterday's draw threw Rafael Nadal and home favourite Andy Murray into the champion's path and cleared the way for world number one Novak Djokovic.
The third seed could face Spaniard Nadal, seeded only fifth to reflect his current ranking as he works his way back from injury, in a quarter-final on the grass of southwest London.
Federer and Nadal, who shapes as the big danger in the draw, met in three finals in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
If the Swiss seven-times winner gets through the quarter-final, he faces a potential clash with last year's finalist Murray in the semi-finals.
World number one Djokovic would be on course to face seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals but will avoid any of his three main rivals until the final.
Djokovic plays Florian Mayer in his opening match and also has fourth seed David Ferrer in his half of the draw.