Thursday June 25th, 2015

The men's and women's draws for Wimbledon 2015 were released on Friday morning.

Novak Djokovic is looking to defend his 2014 men's singles title. He defeated seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 6-7, 7-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the 2014 final, and he is seeded No. 1 in this year's tournament. Federer and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray are seeded No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Djokovic, the world's top-ranked player, will take on German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round on Monday. Djokovic fell to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open Final earlier this month and faces a possible semifinal against the fourth-seeded Wawrinka.

Kei Nishikori is seeded fifth, followed by Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, David Ferrer and Marin Cilic.

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Nadal's road to a third Wimbledon title could be tough, as he could face Murray in the quarterfinals, Federer in the semifinals and Djokovic in the final.

Federer, Murray and Nadal were all placed in the bottom half of the draw.

On the women's side, Petra Kvitova is seeded No. 2 as she looks to win her second straight Wimbledon title. Kvitova, who pulled out of Eastbourne earlier this week due to illness, also previously won Wimbledon in 2011. Kvitova starts her title defense against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. 

Top-seeded Serena Williams, who is 32-1 this year, will look to continue her quest for the calendar-year Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open and French Open. Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion, but she hasn't advanced past the fourth round since winning the title in 2012. She will open against Margarita GaspariaKvitova is the only player to beat Williams this year. Williams is aiming for her 21st career Grand Slam title.

Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki round out the top five women's seeds. Lucie Safarova is seeded sixth, followed by Ana Ivanovic, Ekaterina Makarova, Carla Suarez Navarro, and Angelique Kerber.

Williams could meet Ivanovic in the quarterfinals, while Sharapova, who is in the top half of the bracket with Williams, could take on Safarova in another quarterfinal match.

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