The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing match-ups for this year's Wimbledon, which starts from 3 July.
There's the mouth watering prospect of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal facing each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting. Defending champion Andy Murray could clash against three-time major Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-final. Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who's been struggling for most of the year, also seems to have a particularly tricky path. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who eliminated the Serb in straight sets at the French Open.
Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8, and Nadal just turned 31, but both are back to playing their best tennis in a while. They met in the Australian Open final in January which Federer won in a five-setter and Nadal earned his record 10th French Open title in June.
Murray's spot at No. 1 in the ATP rankings is up for grabs this fortnight: He, Nadal, Wawrinka or Djokovic could all leave the All England Club with the top spot.
The WTA No. 1 ranking, which currently belongs to Angelique Kerber, also could change hands at tournament's end. Four other women have a chance to take it: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki, who already has spent time at No. 1.
Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two past champions in the women's field: Williams' sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off due to pregnancy, while Maria Sharapova is injured.
The potential women's quarterfinals are Kerber vs. Svetlanta Kuznetsova in a matchup between a pair of two-time major champions; 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki; Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova.
Here's all you need to know about watching the Wimbledon matches live:
When will the Wimbledon matches be played?
The Wimbledon matches will start on 3 July and the final match is on 16 July.
Where will the Wimbledon matches be played?
The matches will be played at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London.
How do I watch the Wimbledon matches live?
The matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select HD1 and Star Sports Select HD2.
What time will live coverage of the match start?
The live broadcast of the matches will start at 4 PM IST every day.
Where can you follow the match online?
The matches will be streamed online on hotstar.com.
You can also check out the live blog on Firstpost, for live scores, updates and analysis from the match.
With inputs from AP
Published Date: Jul 03, 2017 02:37 pm | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 02:37 pm