Wimbledon 2008 First Round Draw

The first round draw Wimbledon 2008 has been made and Andy Murray has been drawn to meet Veteran French player Fabrice Santoro. The 35 year old Santoro still has a decent ranking of 53 and has been as high as 17 the world back in 2001.

The Scot has be drawn in the last quarter along with world number 2 Rafael Nadal and will meet the French open winner in the quarter finals if both make it through their first 4 matches. Murray has avoided any of the “big names” in the first four rounds though faces a very tricky potential second round match against  Xavier Malisse who reached the semi finals of Wimbledon back in 2002.

The first potential seed Murray could meet would be Tommy Robredo, though the Spaniard has a terrible record on grass and will likely not make the third round, Tommy Hass looks most likely to be Murray’s opponent in the third round should the Scot make it that far.

If Murray makes it as far as the second week and the fourth round, he will more than likely face another Frenchman, 8th seed Richard Gasquet, 28th seed Gilles Simon and former 2 time semi finalist Sebastien Grosjean are all potential fourth round opponents.

The third Quarter contains Andy Roddick, 9th seed James Blake and 4th seed Nikolay Davydenko, Roddick will be favorite to come through this quarter, though a potential second round match with Janko Tipsarevic is a realistic stumbling block for the big serving American. Look out for a great all American 4th round Match between James Blake and Andy Roddick.

The Top half of the Draw will likely see Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic win their respective quarters, though both players face potential tough games against the two big serving outside favorites. Djokivic will likely have to overcome Ivo Karlovic and Federer may potentially meet Mario Ancic, who has missed much of the last year due to illness.

Wimbledon 2008 First Round Draw 1st Quarter
(1) Roger Federer (SUI) Vs Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) \ —–   —–   —–   Quarter Final 1
Robin Soderling (SWE) Vs Kevin Kim (USA) / \    
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) \ —– / \  
Chris Guccione (AUS) Vs (30) Gael Monfils (FRA) /    
(20) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) Vs Robin Haase (NED) \ —–   —– / \
Albert Montanes (ESP) Vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG) / \
Alex Bogdanovic (GBR) Vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) \ —– /  
Robby Ginepri (USA) Vs (15) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) /    
(11) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Vs Evgeny Korolev (RUS) \ —–   —–   —– /
Victor Hanescu (ROU) Vs Alejandro Falla (COL) / \  
Dudi Sela (ISR) Vs Olivier Rochus (BEL) \ —– / \
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) Vs (22) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) /  
(32) Michael Llodra (FRA) Vs Mario Ancic (CRO) \ —–   —– /  
Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) Vs Philipp Petzschner (GER) / \  
Igor Andreev (RUS) Vs Jiri Vanek (CZE) \ —– /    
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Vs (5) David Ferrer (ESP) /      
Wimbledon 2008 First Round Draw 2nd Quarter
(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) Vs Michael Berrer (GER) \ —–   —–   —–   Quarter Final 2
Marat Safin (RUS) Vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) / \    
Florent Serra (FRA) Vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) \ —– / \  
Tobias Kamke (GER) Vs (29) Andreas Seppi (ITA) /    
(21) Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) Vs Sam Querrey (USA) \ —–   —– / \
Alexander Peya (AUT) Vs Mischa Zverev (GER) / \
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) Vs Pavel Snobel (CZE) \ —– /  
Marcos Daniel (BRA) Vs (13) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) /    
(10) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Vs Steve Darcis (BEL) \ —–   —–   —– /
Thomas Johansson (SWE) Vs Vincent Spadea (USA) / \  
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) Vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) \ —– / \
Simon Stadler (GER) Vs (18) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) /  
(31) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Vs Brian Dabul (ARG) \ —–   —– /  
Roko Karanusic (CRO) Vs Luis Horna (PER) / \  
Filippo Volandri (ITA) Vs Bobby Reynolds (USA) \ —– /    
Frank Dancevic (CAN) Vs (7) David Nalbandian (ARG) /      
Wimbledon 2008 First Round Draw 3rd Quarter
(6) Andy Roddick (USA) Vs Eduardo Schwank (ARG) \ —–   —–   —–   Quarter Final 3
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Vs Thierry Ascione (FRA) / \    
Boris Pashanski (SRB) Vs Chris Eaton (GBR) \ —– / \  
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Vs (25) Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) /    
(19) Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Vs Marcel Granollers-Pujol (ESP) \ —–   —– / \
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) Vs Izak Van der Merwe (RSA) / \
Santiago Ventura (ESP) Vs Rainer Schuettler (GER) \ —– /  
Christophe Rochus (BEL) Vs (9) James Blake (USA) /    
(14) Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) Vs Oscar Hernandez (ESP) \ —–   —–   —– /
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) Vs Frederico Gil (POR) / \  
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) Vs Marin Cilic (CRO) \ —– / \
Wayne Odesnik (USA) Vs (24) Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) /  
(26) Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) Vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) \ —–   —– /  
Jesse Levine (USA) Vs Donald Young (USA) / \  
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) Vs Arnaud Clement (FRA) \ —– /    
Benjamin Becker (GER) Vs (4) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) /      
Wimbledon 2008 First Round Draw 4th Quarter
(8) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Vs Mardy Fish (USA) \ —–   —–   —–   Quarter Final 4
Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) Vs Potito Starace (ITA) / \    
Kevin Anderson (RSA) Vs Agustin Calleri (ARG) \ —– / \  
Dawid Olejniczak (POL) Vs (28) Gilles Simon (FRA) /    
(23) Tommy Robredo (ESP) Vs Kristof Vliegen (BEL) \ —–   —– / \
Guillermo Canas (ARG) Vs Tommy Haas (GER) / \
Xavier Malisse (BEL) Vs Denis Gremelmayr (GER) \ —– /  
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) Vs (12) Andy Murray (GBR) /    
(16) Radek Stepanek (CZE) Vs Jan Hernych (CZE) \ —–   —–   —– /
Viktor Troicki (SRB) Vs Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) / \  
Jamie Baker (GBR) Vs Stefano Galvani (ITA) \ —– / \
Sergio Roitman (ARG) Vs (17) Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) /  
(27) Nicolas Kiefer (GER) Vs Julien Benneteau (FRA) \ —–   —– /  
Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG) Vs Ivo Minar (CZE) / \  
John Isner (USA) Vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) \ —– /    
Andreas Beck (GER) Vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) /