Lendl declares Murray will defend his title

But world No 2 Rafael Nadal slipped to fourth seeding as world No 3 Stan Wawrinka was demoted to fifth seeding.

Nadal returns to Wimbledon for the first time since 2015, after missing past year through injury.

Djokovic showed he's in the zone by crushing Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 yesterday to reach the Aegon International final on his debut in Eastbourne.

There will be one all-British match up in the first round at Wimbledon, with second ranked Kyle Edmund drawn against qualifier Alex Ward, who is ranked 855th in the world.

The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, too, including what appears to be a particularly tricky path for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who's been struggling for much of the past 12 months or so.

Now, Spain's two-times champion is determined to improve on a series of shock defeats he has suffered to unheralded opposition at Wimbledon since winning his last title in 2010 and reaching the final the following year.

The 28th seed has never been beyond the third round at Wimbledon but beat Murray easily in their most recent meeting on clay in Rome in May. But at the same time I tell you, it's a tournament that you can go out very early.

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"Not at all. Unlike before Paris, he is hitting the ball really well".

The Scot, who is bidding to win Wimbledon for a third time, was drawn in the same half as two-time champion Rafael Nadal, with three-times victor Novak Djokovic and seven-times champion Roger Federer placed in the bottom half. Nadal didn't give away the opportunity to win another Wimbledon title. And other than Phil Kohlschrieber in the first, I love Cilic's draw.

Petra Kvitova, playing her second Grand Slam since being stabbed in the hand at her home in the Czech Republic, starts her quest for a third Wimbledon crown against world number 52 Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

No Canadian male or female has won Wimbledon.

"I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing in the opening round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did", Sport24 quoted Federer as saying.

While last year's runner-up Kerber is slated to face big-serving Pliskova in the last four, the other semi-final could be a repeat of the French Open final between surprise victor Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and Romania's Simona Halep.

American legend John McEnroe won Wimbledon three times and he agrees with the odds-makers that Federer is in pole position to hoist the trophy on July 16.

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