Draw serves Murray up a rocky road to SW19 final

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The men’s draw for Wimbledon this year looks tough for Britain’s Andy Murray, purely because if all goes the way of the seedings, he could face familiar adversary Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last 16.

The winner of that game is possibly then going to come up against Rafael Nadal – not easy.

Basically, for Murray to get to the final he could have to play Tsonga, Nadal and the great Roger Federer.

With that in mind, the top half of the draw looks rather favourable for top seed Novak Djokovic,

Marin Cilic is a possible opponent in the quarter-finals for him and you have also got Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic in that half of the draw.

But you look at the other half and see Murray, Nadal, Federer and the big-hitting Tomas Berdych.

I am sure there will be a few surprises along the way, though.

And I think the weather will play its part because the first week is going be very hot.

If it had been the opposite and we were expecting rain and damper conditions, then that would have favoured the bigger servers on the grass and been more predictable.

Something worthy of a mention also is that the grass seemed to be playing slower last year at Wimbledon and visibly slower than at Queens last week.

So for those who watched Murray win that competiton, I think you will definitely see more rallies at SW19.

Talking of Murray, he played the best tennis I have ever seen him from him when winning at Queens.

He was fantastic and looked very settled, mature and strong,

Djokovic, meanwhile, had a couple of weeks off after the French Open final which was a disappointment for him, losing to Wawrinka who he will possibly have to play at Wimbledon.

But the Serbian is a difficult man to bet against, especially with all the success he has achieved in the last 12 months on the court.

For what it is worth, I think it is very possible we will end up with a Murray versus Djokovic final, although I wouldn’t want to call it right now – it’s just too tight.

As far as the women’s draw is concerned, I think Serena Williams is the out-and-out favourite and is obviously going into the tournament having won the Australian Open and the French Open.

She must now be thinking a little bit in the back of her mind about a possible Grand Slam this year.

Williams could meet her sister Venus at some stage which would make for interesting viewing.

Heather Watson is right up that top half of the draw as well and remains Britain’s best hope for female success, although she has got a tough first-round match against France’s seeded Caroline Garcia,

In general, though, I think the women’s competition is pretty open.

You have Maria Sharapova in Serena’s half of the draw and she could offer the American her sternest test.

The bottom half is harder to call, as you have got Caroline Wozniacki, who has been injured recently but on her day is a top player.

Madison Keys might be interesting – she is an American girl who is seeded 21 and is very aggressive,

You’ve also got Eugenie Bouchard who has not had a great year since last Wimbledon, the impressive Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova, who is serving well.

But for my money, I simply cannot see past yet another Serena success.