Rafael Nadal could face world No 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champion Roger Federer or home favourite Andy Murray as early as the Wimbledon quarter-finals after he was seeded fifth for the grasscourt major on Wednesday.
Friday's draw for the tournament could now produce a nightmare scenario for top three seeds Djokovic, Murray and Federer if any of them end up being in the same quarter as 2008 and 2010 winner Nadal.
The Wimbledon seeding reflects Nadal's current ranking, with the Mallorcan behind fourth-ranked Spanish compatriot David Ferrer whom he beat to win an eighth French Open title this month.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that does not automatically follow men's rankings when seedings are decided. Instead, officials rely on a three-stage formula which also takes into account grasscourt performances of the past two seasons.