Hewitt, Tomic cop tough draws

By on June 21, 2013

Lleyton Hewitt

Draw … Lleyton Hewitt will take on Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round. Source: Sang Tan / AP

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic have both drawn tough opening-round clashes with seeded players at Wimbledon.

Both Australian players, who head into the grasscourt grand slam on Monday in encouraging form, have avoided the tournament’s big guns early but they will need upsets to progress past round one.

Hewitt, who reached the semi-finals at Queen’s last week, faces Swiss 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka first up.

The Australian veteran has also been lumped in the same quarter of the draw as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who have been lined up as potential quarter-final opponents.

  • Men
  • TOMIC v Querrey (21)
  • HEWITT v Wawrinka (11)
  • MATOSEVIC v Rufin
  • EBDEN v Nishikori (12)
  • DUCKWORTH v Kudla
  • REID v Stepanek
  • Women
  • STOSUR (14) v Schmiedlova

Hewitt would likely meet Nadal in the fourth round if he made it that far.

Tomic, a 2011 quarter-finalist, meets big-serving American Sam Querrey, the 21st seed, in the opening round.

His section of the draw looks more open than Hewitt’s, though he would likely need to beat ninth seed Richard Gasquet and seventh seed Tomas Berdych to reach the quarter-finals, where top seed Novak Djokovic would almost certainly await.

Samantha Stosur, the sole Australian woman in the tournament’s singles draw, opens against Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova.

Australian wildcard Matt Ebden will face Japanese 12th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round while the draw was kinder to the other three Australian men in the draw.

Marinko Matosevic gets a good chance to win a grand slam match at his 10th attempt after being pitted against Frenchman Guillaume Rufin.

Qualifier James Duckworth faces American Denis Kudla while Matt Reid takes on Czech veteran Radek Stepanek on his grand slam debut.

The men’s draw was good news for Djokovic, the 2011 champion, after second-seeded Andy Murray was also placed in the same half of the draw as Federer and Nadal.

That leaves Djokovic free of facing any of his major rivals until the final.

Third seed Federer and Nadal, who have met 30 times in their careers, were placed in the same quarter of the draw after the Spaniard was only seeded fifth having lost in the second round in 2012.

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