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Federer poised to enter Wimbledon 2017 as favourite

While reporters quizzed Federer on Saturday about who in the game's young brigade could become the first man outside that quartet to win since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, the Swiss felt it would be best to keep faith with the usual suspects.

World number 1 and defending champion Andy Murray will be the top-seeded player at Wimbledon 2017.

It's the first time since Wimbledon three years ago that the Big 4 have been named top seeds for any Grand Slam.

However, despite appearing some way off 100 per cent, coach Ivan Lendl insists Murray will be ready for his Wimbledon opener.

Murray awaits in the second week for Kyrgios but he will face who he describes as a "tough" opponent, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, in the first round.

"Unlike before (the French Open in) Paris, he is hitting the ball really well".

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Roger Federer says "Big Four" rivals Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will still pose a major threat to his Wimbledon hopes, despite questions around each of them. The seven-time Wimbledon champion might have to navigate past both Zverev brothers as well as former semi-finalist Dimitrov, or last year's runner-up Milos Raonic. Should she win the title for a third time, it would be a heart-warming story to trump all others.

Konta withdrew from a grass-court tuneup in Eastbourne on Friday after hurting herself during a fall a day earlier, when she pulled off two big victories in one day after rain had jumbled the schedule, beating Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

World number one Angelique Kerber heads the women's seedings in the absence of pregnant American Serena Williams, while Romanian Simona Halep is seeded second. In order to do that, she will have to deal with the likes of five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and two-time victor Petra Kvitova. The current champion of Wimbledon and the number one at the ATP Rankings is far away from his performances, which made it possible for him to achieve such things.

Milos Raonic, who beat him in the semi-finals previous year, is Federer's scheduled opponent in the quarter-finals, before a likely semi-final against Djokovic. Her first-round match should be interesting - it's against 18-year-old CiCi Bellis.

Kvitova returns to London looking for her third career Wimbledon singles crown after topping Ashleigh Barty last weekend in the final of the Aegon Classic Birmingham, a tournament she entered sporting a strong +450 line on the WTA tennis odds.

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