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IT’S MATE against mate when Aus­tralian Fed Cup stars Sa­man­tha Sto­sur and Daria Gavrilova clash at Wim­ble­don tonight.

The good friends will play each other for the fourth time this year, guar­an­tee­ing at least one Aus­tralian will reach the third round of the Wim­ble­don women’s sin­gles.

The Gold Coast star and Gavrilova share the same agent, same spon­sor and will share the same court at The All Eng­land Club for the first time af­ter record­ing im­pres­sive straight-set first-round wins on day two of the cham­pi­onships.

Gavrilova (be­low) needed lit­tle more than an hour to see off Amer­i­can teenager Caro­line Dole­hide 6-2, 6-3 be­fore Sto­sur (right) ousted China’s Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-5.

With Queens­land’s Ash­leigh Barty liv­ing up to her 17th seed­ing with a 7-5, 6-3 dis­patch of Swiss Ste­fanie Voegele, Aus­tralia have three women in the sec­ond round for the first time in three years. Sto­sur, 34, ad­mit­ted the first thing she asked coach Josh Ea­gle af­ter pro­gress­ing was did Gavrilova win.

“For a cou­ple of rea­sons; good for both of us, but also a lit­tle in­trigue to know who I’m playing next,” the vet­eran said.

“Prob­a­bly fair to say that both of us wouldn’t pick grass as our favourite sur­faces but with my new­found love for ev­ery­thing, then that doesn’t re­ally mat­ter any more.

“I think it will be a slightly dif­fer­ent match-up but, yeah, I’ll en­joy to­day and worry about it to­mor­row.”

Gavrilova, 24, trumped Sto­sur on a hard court in Syd­ney in Jan­uary be­fore the for­mer US Open cham­pion and Roland

Gar­ros run­ner-up turned the ta­bles twice on clay in Prague and Paris.

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