Centre court the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Wimbledon.


Centre court the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Wimbledon.

Centre court the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Wimbledon.

Wimbledon top seeds’ rivals guide

Novak Djokovic v James Ward

First meeting

British 29-year-old Ward is ranked 177 in the world, after a career high of 89 three years ago, and has not won a match on the main tour in 2016. Reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2015, losing in five sets to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The son of a London taxi driver, Ward’s determination cannot be faulted -- in 2009, he took part in a play-off to earn a place in the British Davis Cup team in a match that lasted six hours, 40 minutes.

Andy Murray v Liam Broady

First meeting

Broady, 22, is ranked 234 in the world and his career prize money of $217,000 pales in comparison to compatriot Murray’s $46,700,000. The left-hander hasn’t played on the main tour this year, making his living instead on the Challenger and Futures circuits in venues ranging from Bangkok to Shrewsbury. He has won just one match on the main tour in his career and that was at last year’s Wimbledon. However, his five-set win over Marinko Matosevic was overshadowed by questions over a feud with his father. Sister Naomi plays on women’s tour.

Roger Federer v Guido Pella

First meeting

Pella is a 26-year-old left-hander from Argentina who is ranked 51 in the world. He grew up admiring Federer. More at home on clay, he made the final at the Rio ATP event this year. Pella was forced to retire from his first-round match on his Wimbledon debut in 2013 while he fell in qualifying last year.




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