Andy Murray was back on the practice court at Wimbledon on Friday morning, with the draw having given him a reasonable outcome – if he is fit enough to take advantage of it.
The world No 1 was paired against a qualifier in round one with a possible meeting against flamboyant German-Jamaican Dustin Brown in round two.
He is due to face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, having been kept on the opposite side of the draw from favourite Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Murray v Wawrinka
Nadal v Cilic
Raonic v Federer
Thiem v Djokovic#Wimbledon
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 30, 2017
However, the state of his fitness is still uncertain, and when he was hitting against Steve Darcis he was moving somewhat gingerly, flexing his hip while leaning against the net while taking a breather. He was also limping on his way to the courts.
But his return to practice suggests there is no question that he will not open the programme at 1pm on Monday as is tradition for the defending champion.
Murray’s first week does not look too taxing if he can get going, but his fourth round could present a match against the hugely dangerous Australian with a theoretical quarter final against Stan Wawrinka.
All in all he could certainly have had more difficult draws for his defence.
Federer will open against the unorthodox Alex Dolgopolov with his quarter of the draw looking relatively benign.
Djokovic has the talented Martin Klizan as his first opponent and could meet Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round.
Del Potro has one of the most intriguing first rounds, facing the dangerous Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is on his way back from injury.
Rafael Nadal could have a difficult third round against the fast rising Russian Karen Khachanov.
GB No 2 Kyle Edmund has never won a match at Wimbledon but will get a chance this time when he faces a qualifier, whose names have yet to be put in the draw, including world number 855 Alex Ward.
British wildcard Cameron Norrie will have a baptism of fire against Jo Wilfried Tsonga, while James Ward takes on Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.