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Wimbledon 2010: Roger Federer aiming for seventh title

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his campaign for a seventh Wimbledon title when the Championships get under way on Monday.

The 28-year-old Swiss opens proceedings on Centre Court against Colombia's Alejandro Falla at 1300 BST.

Britain's former junior champion Laura Robson will then make her Centre Court debut against Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic.

Five-time champion Venus Williams is among those also in action on day one.

Reigning women's champion Serena Williams will play on Tuesday, along with British number one Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.

And Federer believes that 2008 champion Nadal will again be his main rival after the Spaniard won a fifth French Open title in May.

"I felt like what I saw recently was the old classic Rafa on clay hardly losing sets and matches," said Federer.

"That's why it's going to be incredibly hard to beat him here at Wimbledon."

However, Federer is confident that his game is in good shape to take on all comers as he targets Pete Sampras's record Wimbledon haul - starting with world number 65 Falla, an opponent he has beaten in his last two tournaments.

"Obviously I'm thinking about equalling it a little bit because I'm aware of the great things he achieved," said Federer, who beat the American's record of 14 Grand Slam titles when he overcame Andy Roddick in an epic final last year.

"It's nice of him to say I could beat his Wimbledon record but I don't feel pressure from that because people compared me to Sampras even when I had no Grand Slams.

"Obviously my game's made for grass. Since I came here as a junior and since I beat Pete here in 2001 and I won my first Wimbledon here in 2003, I think every time I play, I'll have a chance to win here."

There is plenty of home interest on the opening day but the centre of attention will be 2008 girls' champion, Robson.

The 16-year-old was given a wildcard having risen through the rankings to inside the world's top 250, but after losing to Daniela Hantuchova on her main draw debut in 2009 she has been given an even tougher task this time around.


British number one Elena Baltacha will be more hopeful of getting through against Petra Martic of Croatia in the opening match on Court 12 at 1200 BST, while compatriots Katie O'Brien and Melanie South are also in action.

Venus Williams is seeded to meet her sister Serena in the final for the fifth time - and third year in a row - and she takes the first step against Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios in the third and final match on Court One.

This year also sees the return of Belgian pair Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin after both came out of spells in retirement over the last 12 months.

Henin has made a first Wimbledon title her priority and she plays Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the final match on Court 12, while Clijsters will make her first competitive appearance at the All England Club for four years when she takes on Italian Maria Elena Camerin in the opening match on Court Two.

Clijsters has been troubled by a foot injury in recent weeks, and said: "The foot isn't 100% yet but I haven't had any problems other than a few aches."

Away from Federer, the men's side sees former semi-finalist Novak Djokovic, the third seed, completing the day's play on Centre Court when he faces Belgian Olivier Rochus.

Fifth seed Roddick also gets his tournament under way on Monday when he takes on fellow American Rajeev Ram in the second match on Court One, which follows seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko against Kevin Anderson.

And 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt will be confident of making it past Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez in the final match on Court Two, with the Australian 15th seed coming off the back of a stunning win over Federer on the grass of Halle last week.

British hope Murray will have to wait until Tuesday to take on world number 80 Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, with Serena Williams opening her title defence against Michelle Larcher de Brito on day two.

If she wins her opener, Serena will face either Anna Chakvetadze or Andrea Petkovic in a match scheduled for Thursday - coinciding with the Queen's first visit since 1977.

"I found out that she was coming to town," Serena commented.

"I thought, 'wow, this is really, really cool. She hasn't been to this tournament in just forever'. I thought, 'wow, I've just got to make sure I'm here on Thursday'.

"Hopefully I have a chance to meet her. I've been working on my curtsy, but it's a little extreme, so I'm going to have to tone it down."

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