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Last Updated: Friday, 23 June 2006, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Britons handed tough draw at SW19
Tim Henman
Henman is unseeded at Wimbledon for the first time in 10 years
Tim Henman will meet Robin Soderling in the first round of Wimbledon, with defending champion Roger Federer his potential second-round opponent.

Fellow Briton Greg Rusedski faces an opening clash with Marat Safin while wildcard Alex Bogdanovic will meet world number two Rafael Nadal.

Andy Murray will be more optimistic against 31st seed Nicolas Massu.

The reward for Josh Goodall, who came through qualifying, is a tie with Melle van Gemerden of the Netherlands.

World number one Federer has an extremely testing match to open his bid for a fourth straight title as he meets France's Richard Gasquet.

I find it quite difficult to deal with all the attention surrounding Wimbledon

Andy Murray

The Swiss is seeded to meet David Nalbandian in the last four, although Lleyton Hewitt is in the same half and begins against Filippo Volandri.

Andy Roddick is in the opposite half to Federer, and the American is up against Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in round one.

Andre Agassi starts what could be his last Wimbledon against Boris Pashanski of Serbia, with Nadal a possible third-round opponent.

Nadal, who pulled out of his Queen's quarter-final against Lleyton Hewitt with a shoulder injury, withdrew from the Marsh Classic exhibition event on Friday.

The 20-year-old woke up with a sore foot but the injury is not thought to be serious.

Henman said he was not thinking about his potential meeting with Federer.

"If I could get the opportunity to play Roger, then it would be fantastic - but first and foremost I have to worry about Soderling - he is dangerous, that is for sure," Henman said.

"He has been doing well this week in Nottingham [where he lost in the semi-finals to Gasquet], and getting past him will be the first objective."

British number two Murray, who reached the third round on his Wimbledon debut last year, admits he has mixed emotions as this year's tournament approaches.

"I do look forward to Wimbledon - it's one of the biggest tournaments in the world, so I wouldn't be a tennis player if I didn't get excited at the prospect of playing there," he said.

"But there's a lot of things which go with it. I find it quite difficult to deal with all the attention surrounding Wimbledon.


"It is all a little bit over the top, but last year was a great experience because it helped me understand how much attention there's going to be on me, not just over the next few weeks but the next five or six years."

In the women's singles, defending champion Venus Williams opens against against fellow American Bethanie Mattek.

Maria Sharapova is in the same half and will play Anna Smashnova in the first round, while world number one Amelie Mauresmo starts off against Croatian qualifier Ivana Abramovic.

In the lower half, Justine Henin-Hardenne begins against China's Yuan Meng.

Martina Hingis will take on Olga Savchuk of Ukraine and Kim Clijsters meets Vera Zvonareva, the winner at Edgbaston last week.

British number one Anne Keothavong will play Croatia's Karolina Sprem, while wildcard Naomi Cavaday faces 18th seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

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