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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Draw unkind to favourite Fed

Tennis

Roger Federer of Switzerland. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Roger Federer of Switzerland. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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.

But defending champion Andy Murray, struggling with a sore hip, was given a boost as he will avoid most of the more dangerous opponents in the first week.

Federer, 35, 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, Milos Raonic and three-time champion Novak Djokovic just to get to the final.

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