More records for Federer but no match point glory

Phil Willmington Roger Federer has become even better with age

Defending his title, Djokovic crashed out in the third round at Wimbledon previous year and has underperformed in the Grand Slams in 2017, the 12-time major victor losing in the second round in Melbourne and the quarter-finals in Paris.

Women's top seed Angelique Kerber opens play on Centre Court at 13:00 against American Irina Falconi.

"You would think that somebody who has played well, like Rafa (Nadal) on the clay courts, he would be feeling really good about his chances here and I'm sure he does feel that way". I just have to pay a little bit more attention, be more aware of it, have more discipline. Pliskova, who lost to Kerber in the U.S. Open final in September, plays Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.

Djokovic, a three times Wimbledon champion, had taken the first set 6-3 before Klizan called the trainer on court to treat a leg injury.

"The same for [defending champion] Andy Murray, same for Djokovic".

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Federer is aiming for his 19th grand slam title at Wimbledon

A poor tie-break from Kokkinakis handed Del Potro an otherwise even third set. They put in another match on Centre Court. But Williams is taking the rest of the year off because she is pregnant, making way for the runner-up to take her spot. The French Open was wide open, as evidenced by the fact that an unseeded Jelena Ostapenko managed to secure the title.

Gulbis beat Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in less than 1½ hours to reach the second round at Wimbledon. Here are the five matches to watch on Tuesday.

But a series of injuries followed, and Gulbis' ranking has fallen all the way to 589th.

Afterwards Federer joked about the possibility of playing a practice set with Djokovic on Centre Court to appease the fans on a day that saw two of the three scheduled matches on the legendary court end in second-set retirements.

The two players, who own a combined 10 titles at the All England Club, will play their opening matches on Day 2 of the grass-court major. To reach the Promised Land at the hallowed turf of SW19, Federer would have to contend with an extremely challenging half that features the likes of Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.

And seven-time champ Fed said: "That's five first- round withdrawals so far and the question is should they have started at all?"

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