Madrid, Jun 21 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal, fresh off winning his eighth French Open championship, figures to have a difficult road to a second straight Grand Slam title after being drawn Friday in the same quarter of Wimbledon as No. 2 seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer.
Nadal, whose ranking has fallen after missing the second half of last year and this year's Australian Open due to injury and illness, would have to defeat Federer, the defending champion; world No. 2 Andy Murray; and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in consecutive matches to win the title if the tournament goes according to seeding.
The Spaniard, who is looking to bounce back after a shocking second-round loss last year to unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol, will take on Belgium's Steve Darcis, the world No. 113, in the first round.
Djokovic appeared to have an easier road to the late rounds than his main rivals, although his potential quarterfinal opponent, Czech Tomas Berdych, could pose problems.
Spain's David Ferrer and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro are paired in the same quarter in the top half of the draw and one of them could face Djokovic in the semis.
Murray could have to contend with dangerous Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals; those two players met in last year's Wimbledon semifinals, which the Brit won in four sets.
Defending champion Serena Williams is the top seed in the women's singles and the heavy favorite to win her 17th Grand Slam title.
The No. 4 seed and last year's runner-up, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, is in the American's section of the draw, while No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova of Russia were both placed in the bottom half.