Andy Murray's possible route to the Wimbledon final

TITLE DEFENCE: Andy Murray will attempt to defend the Wimbledon trophy he won last summer

TITLE DEFENCE: Andy Murray will attempt to defend the Wimbledon trophy he won last summer

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FIRST ROUND – DAVID GOFFIN

Murray begins the defence of his title on Centre Court against unheralded Belgian David Goffin this afternoon. Goffin is ranked number 104 in the world and should not give Murray too many problems despite taking a set off Roger Federer at the French Open in 2012.

SECOND ROUND – PABLO ANDUJAR

Murray’s second-round game should pit him against world number 79 Andujar, with the Spaniard expected to see off Slovenian Blaz Rola. Andujar is a clay-court specialist, and Murray has already beaten him this year in Acapulco.

THIRD ROUND – ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT

Things would get a little bit tougher if Murray was to face Bautista Agut in the third round, with the Spaniard seeded 27. The 28-year-old, who has never played Murray, has risen considerably in the world rankings this season, but boasts very little experience on grass.

FOURTH ROUND - FABIO FOGNINI

Fognini will have to beat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson to set up a fourth-round game with Murray, but the Italian number 16 seed has proved a thorn in the Scot’s side before. Fognini beat Murray on clay in the Davis Cup in April, but would be a much easier proposition on grass.

QUARTER-FINAL – DAVID FERRER

Murray’s quarter-final opponent is likely to be either number seven seed Ferrer or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who is ranked 11. For all that he is renowned as a clay-court specialist, Ferrer’s Wimbledon record is pretty decent and he has beaten Murray in five of their 12 matches to date.

SEMI-FINAL – NOVAK DJOKOVIC

A semi-final against Djokovic would represent a major obstacle to Murray’s hopes of successfully defending his title. The Serb was mauled by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, but remains the top seed at SW19. He lost to Murray in last year’s Wimbledon final.

FINAL – RAFAEL NADAL

Roger Federer cannot be discounted on the opposite side of the draw to Murray, but it would be a major surprise if Nadal did not make the final. The Spaniard was as good as ever as he claimed his ninth French Open title earlier this week, but while he is a two-time Wimbledon winner, he has never been as reliable on grass.

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