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Federer faces Russian test in Wimbledon opener
June 22, 2007 16:54 IST
Friday's draw for the grasscourt Grand Slam, which starts next week, also paired Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal [Images] against American Mardy Fish. Third seed Andy Roddick [Images] faces an all-American encounter against Justin Gimelstob.
France's [Images] defending women's champion Amelie Mauresmo was drawn to play American Jamea Jackson while Belgian top seed Justine Henin [Images] starts against qualifier Jorgelina Cravero of Argentina.
British number one Andy Murray, who is still a major doubt for the tournament with a wrist tendon injury, was drawn against Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti.
Elsewhere in the men's draw, four-times semi-finalist Tim Henman of Britain faces former French Open champion Carlos Moya [Images] and big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic plays experienced Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.
Croatia's Mario Ancic, the last player to beat Roger Federer on a grasscourt back in 2002, withdrew because of illness. The 18th seed's place in the draw went to Canadian Frank Dancevic.