Wimbledon 2017: Tuesday Schedule and Predictions for London Bracket

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during practice ahead of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will begin their respective Wimbledon campaigns on Tuesday on what promises to be a fascinating day at the All England Club.

Federer, already a seven-time champion, is on the hunt for more glory on the iconic grass courts and will start off against the talented Alexandr Dolgopolov. Djokovic will seek to find some consistency over the next fortnight as he pursues a fourth Wimbledon win and faces Martin Klizan in Round 1.

In the women's draw, the struggling top seed Angelique Kerber goes up against Irina Falconi. Third seed Karolina Pliskova will be in action, too, starting her tournament against Evgeniya Rodina.

Below are some of the standout matches to take in on the day and some focus on the star players involved.

      

Tuesday - Selected Matches

Men's Draw

(2) Novak Djokovic vs. Martin Klizan

(3) Roger Federer vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov

(6) Milos Raonic vs. Jan-Lennard Struff

(8) Dominic Thiem vs. Vasek Pospisil

(10) Alexander Zverev vs. Evgeny Donskoy

        

Women's Draw

(1) Angelique Kerber vs. Irina Falconi

(3) Karolina Pliskova vs. Evgeniya Rodina

(5) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Timea Babos

(7) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Ons Jabeur

(9) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Jelena Jankovic

        

For the schedule in full visit the competition website

          

Tuesday Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  London skyline on the shoe of Roger Federer of Switzerland during practice ahead of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Bruns
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After deciding not to take part in the 2017 French Open, Federer has looked in impeccable condition in the buildup to Wimbledon.

The Swiss won in Halle, showcasing his trademark grace and precision on grass. Even at 35, it's no surprise so many see Federer as the favourite for glory here, especially just months on from his memorable triumph against Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open.

With seven wins already secured at SW19, it's no surprise Federer cuts a relaxed figure around this familiar stamping ground.

Andy Roddick recently revealed how intimidating the great man's aura can be, per Stuart Fraser of The Times:

There'll be a steely focus underpinning Federer's play when he takes on Dolgopolov on Tuesday, though. The Ukrainian is erratic, although if he channels his talent appropriately he can cause a lot of players problems; the great man will be too strong here, though.

Djokovic will be looking to kickstart his season.
Djokovic will be looking to kickstart his season.JOE TOTH/Getty Images

Djokovic, meanwhile, will be looking to secure his first Grand Slam title since the 2016 French Open, having struggled in the major events this year. At Roland Garros, some encouraging form was undone in a horrendous loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.

Per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times, it was a chastening defeat for the Serb:

Djokovic has at least responded well, winning the Aegon International at Eastbourne and building some vital momentum.

Klizan represents a challenging first match, as the Slovak took a set off Andy Murray at the French Open last month. He will turn in a similarly determined showing in defeat here.

In the women's draw, all eyes will be on Kerber to see if she can climb out of her recent lull. The German hasn't been competitive in 2017 despite her status as the world No. 1, and after losing in the first round of the French Open to Ekaterina Makarova, there will be some nerves ahead of Wimbledon.

Kerber has been well short of her best recently.
Kerber has been well short of her best recently.GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Prior of her first match against Falconi, the 2016 runner-up has actually talked down her prospects.

"I will not put the pressure on Wimbledon," she said, per Simon Jennings of Reuters (h/t the MailOnline). "I have still the next months where I have big tournaments. Of course I am here to play good tennis, try to win every single match. But I will think more about the next half-year."

Per Jose Morgado of Record, there is a lot at stake for Kerber at Wimbledon:

Should her troubles continue, Pliskova is one of a clutch of players who will fancy her chances of taking advantage.

Pliskova will want to improve her poor Wimbledon record.
Pliskova will want to improve her poor Wimbledon record.Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to 2017, moving into the top-three in the world rankings for the first time in her career. However, she has yet to clinch her first Grand Slam title, with last year's U.S. Open final defeat the closest the Czech has come.

Pliskova will also be aware it is imperative she improves on her disappointing record at SW19. Despite her talent, she's been knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon for the last four years in succession. Rodina must strike if any of those hesitancies previously showcased on grass come to the fore once again. 

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