Roger Federer chases record ninth Wimbledon crown as The Championships kick off

The Main Draws of the 132nd Wimbledon Championships will serve off on Monday, July 2 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, with Roger Federer, the defending champion, leading a packed field as the top seed.

Federer chases an historic ninth Wimbledon title and the path to creating history isn’t so difficult for the great man. The 36-year-old will face world No.57 Dusan Lajovic in the first round on Monday, while a potential fourth round meeting with Borna Coric, who beat him in the final in Halle last month, could be on cards.

Should Federer get past the young Croat, a tricky quarterfinal clash with Kevin Anderson awaits and then Marin Cilic would have the chance to get his revenge in the semifinals provided Federer gets past Anderson.

World No.1, Rafael Nadal could be waiting in the final.

The Spaniard’s route to the final is well-paved as he’s avoided all the big hitters. The first seed he could face is Italian Marco Cecchinato whose ranking was given a major boost by making the semi-finals at Roland Garros last month.

A potential fourth round match with either Diego Schwartzman or Fabio Fognini is on the cards, while Juan Martin del Potro could be an opponent in the last eight.

Aussie bad boy, Nick Kyrgios is on course to meet fellow young gun Alexander Zverev in the fourth round, with the winner potentially meeting Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

There are some interesting first round clashes, too. Stan Wawrinka will take on Grigor Dimitrov, while Gael Monfils meets Rosmalen champion and fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

In the women’s draw, defending champion, Garbine Muguruza will open her campaign against British wild card, Naomi Broady with Anett Kontaveit a possible third round opponent for the Spaniard. Should Muguruza get past either Daria Kasatkina or Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round, then we could have a mouthwatering clash with Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the third round.

The Wimbledon total prize money for 2018 is £34m. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles titles will earn £2.25m.

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