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Roger Fed­erer and No­vak Djokovic will play first-round matches on Cen­tre Court, and there is lit­tle rea­son to be­lieve ei­ther will have much trou­ble. Fed­erer, a seven-time Wimbledon cham­pion, hasn’t lost a Grand Slam match since last year’s semi­fi­nals at the All Eng­land Club. He skipped the 2016 U.S. Open, won the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary for his record 18th ma­jor ti­tle, then sat out the French Open. He is 3-0 against his op­po­nent, Alexandr Dol­go­polov, and has never lost a set in those matches. If Fed­erer wins again, it will give him 85 ca­reer match vic­to­ries at Wimbledon, break­ing a tie with Jimmy Con­nors for the most at the tour­na­ment in the Open era. Be­fore that match, Djokovic, a three-time ti­tlist at Wimbledon, will face Martin Kl­izan, who has lost six con­sec­u­tive matches on grass and has four first-round losses in five ap­pear­ances at the All Eng­land Club. The man who beat Fed­erer at Wimbledon last year to reach a Grand Slam fi­nal for the first time, Mi­los Raonic, plays on No. 1 Court against Jan-Len­nard Struff, who has lost his past nine matches at ma­jors. Two of the women who could top the WTA rank­ings at the end of the tour­na­ment are in ac­tion: cur­rent No. 1 An­gelique Ker­ber and No. 3 Karolina Pliskova. Ker­ber won two ma­jors in 2016 and was the Wimbledon run­ner-up, but she lost in the first round

at the French Open a lit­tle more than a month ago. She’ll face Irina Fal­coni of the U.S. at Cen­tre Court. Pliskova, who lost to Ker­ber in the U.S. Open fi­nal in Septem­ber, plays Ev­geniya Ro­d­ina of Russia. TO­DAY’S FORE­CAST Cloudy, a high of

73 de­grees

MON­DAY’S WEATHER Cloudy, brief rain de­lay, high of 72 de­grees

MON­DAY’S WIN­NERS Seeded win­ners in the men’s first round: No. 1 Andy Mur­ray, No. 4 Rafael Nadal, No. 7 Marin Cilic, No. 9 Kei Nishikori, No. 12 Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga, No. 14 Lu­cas Pouille, No. 16 Gilles Muller, No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 24 Sam Quer­rey, No. 26 Steve John­son, No. 28 Fabio Fognini, No. 30 Karen Khachanov. Seeded win­ners in the women’s first round: No. 2 Si­mona Halep, No. 4 Elina Svi­tolina, No. 6 Johanna Konta, No. 8 Do­minika Cibulkova, No. 10 Venus Wil­liams, No. 11 Pe­tra Kvi­tova, No. 13 Je­lena Ostapenko, No. 15 Elena Ves­nina, No. 17 Madi­son Keys, No. 18 Anas­tasija Sev­as­tova, No. 21 Caro­line Gar­cia, No. 22 Barbora Strycova, No. 25 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 27 Ana Kon­juh.

MON­DAY’S LOSERS Seeded losers in the men’s first round: No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, No. 20 Nick Kyr­gios, No. 21 Ivo Karlovic, No. 31 Fer­nando Ver­dasco. Seeded losers in the women’s first round: No. 26 Mirjana Lu­cic-Ba­roni, No. 31 Roberta Vinci.

STAT OF THE DAY Zero — Ca­reer match vic­to­ries in Grand Slam tour­na­ments be­fore Mon­day for Daniil Medvedev.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It would weigh on any hu­man be­ing, and Venus is no dif­fer­ent.”

— David Witt, coach of Venus Wil­liams, who played her first match since be­ing in­volved in a car crash last month.


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