WIMBLEDON '17: From Roger and Rafa to Venus, what to watch

Andy Murray is only the fourth favourite to win Wimbledon this year says Goran Ivanisevic

Andy Murray is only the fourth favourite to win Wimbledon this year says Goran Ivanisevic

Murray will face world number 134 Alexander Bublik in the opening round and in the second could face Dustin Brown, the German knocked out Nadal two years ago.

However, Venus Williams has won Wimbledon five times (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008), which helps explain why she is the +1200 fourth choice to win her sixth title even though she is now ranked 11th in the world. Murray hasn't reached a final of a Slam since but was in the semifinals of the French last month.

Wimbledon issued its seedings today with the Big 4 comprising the four highest seeds for The Championships.

Del Potro has one of the most intriguing first rounds, facing the unsafe Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is on his way back from injury.

Defending champion Andy Murray will learn later today who he plays in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships next week, but whoever his opponent there will be a sense of trepidation on the part of the World No 1.

"It's big for us to win at Queen's, one of the strongest fields in the year. and it gives us great confidence ahead of Wimbledon", Jamie, the elder brother of world number one singles player Andy Murray, told Reuters yesterday.

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The 28th seed has never been beyond the third round at Wimbledon but beat Murray easily in their most recent meeting on clay in Rome in May. He won Wimbledon in 2011 & 2014-15 but was a third-round exit in 2016. This was also the case at the French Open, and unknown Jelena Ostapenko took her first title of any kind in Paris.

In the women's section, number one seed Angelique Kerber will have a great chance to win her maiden Wimbledon crown and go one better than last year's runner-up finish, with Serena Williams absent.

As for French Open victor Nadal, he pulled out of his scheduled warm-up event at Queen's, choosing instead to practise on grass at home in Majorca. And other than Phil Kohlschrieber in the first, I love Cilic's draw.

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova is drawn in the final quarter and she will likely face second-seeded Simona Halep in the quarter-final if she manages to get past sixth seed Johanna Konta in a possible fourth-round clash.

"I do believe Wimbledon will be won by one of the top contenders". Lopez just won Queen's and is always a threat on grass, so that potential fourth round against Djokovic could be a tough obstacle for the Serb.

Kyrgios is Australia's only seed in the men's draw after Bernard Tomic relinquished his status with a poor start to 2017.

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