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Murray faces Santoro at Wimbledon

Wimbledon: Monday 23 June to Sunday 6 July
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Tim Henman chats to Andy Murray ahead of Wimbledon 2008

British number one Andy Murray will meet veteran Frenchman Fabrice Santoro in the first round at Wimbledon.

Murray, the 12th seed, is in the same half of the draw as world number two Rafael Nadal.

Top seed Roger Federer, seeking a sixth straight title, cannot meet Nadal until the final but could face world number three Novak Djokovic in the last four.

Federer begins his title defence against Dominik Hrbaty, while Nadal faces qualifier Andreas Beck.

Australian Open champion Djokovic is up against Germany's Michael Berrer.

Two-times finalist Andy Roddick, who begins his campaign against Eduardo Schwank, is a potential semi-final opponent for Nadal.

The Spaniard, fresh from winning his first grass-court title at Queen's, has a potentially difficult second-round match against either rising Latvian star Ernests Gulbis or big-serving American John Isner.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams will open the defence of her title against British wildcard Naomi Cavaday.

World number one Ana Ivanovic begins her bid to win back-to-back Grand Slams against Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios.

Former champion Maria Sharapova, who is in the same half of the draw as Venus and second seed Jelena Jankovic, meets French qualifier Stephanie Foretz.

Murray has faced 35-year-old Santoro once before, winning 6-4- 6-2 at the indoor Paris Masters last year.


The British number one said: "Fabrice is one of my favourite players in the world. I love watching him play.

"He uses both hands to play his forehands and backhands and comes up with some very unorthodox shots."

Santoro, a doubles expert, has never got beyond the third round at Wimbledon in singles but his unconventional style has caused several top players problems in the past.

In an interesting twist, Santoro will come up against Murray's older brother Jamie in the first round of the men's doubles.

Should Andy get the better of the wily Santoro, former semi-finalist Xavier Malisse could be waiting in the second round.

The Belgian has been handed a wildcard this year after struggling with injuries.

After that, Richard Gasquet is a potential fourth-round opponent with Nadal possibly waiting in the last eight.

Murray is joined by three other British players in the men's draw.

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British number four Alex Bogdanovic will meet Italy's Simone Bolelli while fellow wildcard Jamie Baker is up against another Italian, Stefano Galvani.

Surrey's Chris Eaton, who caused a shock by coming through qualifying, has been rewarded with a first-round match against Serbia's Boris Pashanski.

As for the British women, 19-year-old Cavaday could hardly have been handed a more difficult draw than Williams.

At 199, she is ranked 192 places below the American, who is a four-times champion at Wimbledon.

British number one Anne Keothavong, the only Briton apart from Murray to have gained acceptance into the main draw by right, meets unseeded American Vania King.

Elsewhere in the women's draw, Serena Williams, winner in 2002 and 2003, has drawn Estonian Kaia Kanepi and could meet 2006 champion Amelie Mauresmo in the third round.

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