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Wimbledon 2018: Murray drawn against Paire, Federer to take on Dusan Lajovic

216   //    29 Jun 2018, 14:58 IST

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray

Andy Murray has been drawn against Benoit Paire for a prospective grand slam return at Wimbledon while defending champion Roger Federer will take on Dusan Lajovic in the first round.

Murray made his long-awaited comeback from hip surgery at Queen's Club last week and this week defeated Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne before losing to Kyle Edmund in straight sets.

A two-time winner at SW19, Murray previously said he would only play at Wimbledon if he felt he could compete properly, having not played a major since losing to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of the same event last year.

And as it stands he will take on Frenchman Paire, who lost to Murray in the fourth round last year, as he looks to take another significant step to put his fitness troubles behind him.

Federer is once again seen as the favourite and is gunning to win Wimbledon for a ninth time. He could have been drawn against Murray but will instead face Lajovic, who has never gone beyond the second round.

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