Wimbledon draw: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in same half as players find out first-round opponents

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Wimbledon’s controversial seedings system didn’t matter too much in the end as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have ended up in the same half of the draw.

Much was made of the fact that world No 3 Federer was bumped up to second seed ahead of Nadal after the All England Club used it’s special formula to determine the seedings for the grass-court Grand Slam.

However, the two could potentially meet in the semi-final at SW19 while defending champion Novak Djokovic is in the top half of the draw and could face the likes of Alexander Zverev or Kevin Anderson in the last four.

World No 1 Djokovic will face a tricky first-round match at the All England Club as he takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany, Federer is up against Lloyd Harris from South Africa and Nadal faces Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita.

If Nadal gets the better of Sugita then there could be a mouth-watering second-round clash against the controversial Nick Kyrgios, provided the Australian beats his compatriot Jordan Thompson.

Last year’s finalist Anderson takes on Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Alexander Zverev will face Jiri Vesely.

British No 1 Kyle Edmund, who is also in the top half of the draw, opens his campaign against Spaniard Jaume Munar and fellow Brit Dan Evans is up against Federico Delbonis.

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