Murray is happy to swerve Nadal and Djokovic in Wimbledon draw

Andy Murray.
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Andy Murray has defended Wimbledon’s unique seeding system that will allow him to avoid top seed Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals.

Murray will start the defence of his Wimbledon title by facing 23-year-old Belgian David Goffin in the first round.

The double grand slam winner is Wimbledon’s No 3 seed despite being ranked fifth in the world.

That two-place advantage, 
owing to Wimbledon’s grass record-weighted seedings, means he cannot face tournament 
favourite Djokovic until the last four – and second seed Rafael Nadal until the final.

“To be honest I think the way they do it is correct with the seedings,” said Murray.

“Some people might say that because my seeding’s obviously moved up, but there are so few tournaments on grass now that there are so few points up for grabs on the surface that it is, in a way, a specialist surface.

“Not many guys, some guys like (Tommy) Robredo for example, will only play one tournament a year on grass.

“So I think it is relevant the way the players perform on it, in terms of the seedings and how deep guys can go in the event.

“So I like the way they do the seedings, it makes this period, for the guys that do well, it helps.

“Some people like it, some don’t – but being seeded third is definitely better than being seeded fifth.”

Murray has received a relatively kind draw, with a quarter-final against seventh seed David Ferrer or Queen’s Club champion and 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the offing.

Top seed Djokovic will play world No 55 Andrey Golubev, the 26-year-old Kazakhstani, a relatively tricky first-round proposition.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer will take on Paolo Lorenzi, the 32-year-old Italian ranked 81 in the world.

Murray’s fellow Briton James Ward will face 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny in a tough first-round pairing, the 31-year-old Russian ranked 16th in the world.

Dan Evans will play 23-year-old Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, currently rated world No 114, in a far more comfortable draw.

Yorkshireman Kyle Edmund will come up against Austrian 
Andreas Haider-Maurer, the world No 96.

Anothner Briton, Dan Smethurst, drew ninth seed John Isner, the big-serving American ranked No 11 in the world, while Dan Cox will face France’s world No 43 Jeremy Chardy.

In the women’s draw, Britain’s Samantha Murray will take on reigning French Open champion and fifth seed Maria Sharapova, perhaps the most daunting match-up of the round.

The British wild card entrant will concede 237 world rankings places when taking on the newly-crowned Roland Garros champion at SW19.

Murray admitted she will tread new territory against the fifth seed and world No 5 next week.

“When I first heard the draw I was a bit shocked. I just see it as great opportunity to play someone of her calibre,” said the 26-year-old from Stockport, ranked 242 in the world. “I assume I’ll be on a big court as well so it’s just a dream.

“I’m really interested to see how I do – how I stack up against one of the world’s best ever champions. I’ve never played anybody in Sharapova’s league; the highest ranked opponent I’ve ever had has been around the 50 mark.”

Heather Watson faces a tough draw against Croatian world 
No 52 Ajla Tomljanovic, while Johanna Konta is up against China’s Shuai Peng. Wild card British entrant Tara Moore has drawn Russian Vera Zvonareva.