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Andy Murray column: My first Wimbledon, the Lions, and learning from boxing

Andy Murray column: My first Wimbledon, the Lions, and learning from boxing

In the men's draw, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Murray have 14 Wimbledon titles between them, while five-time champion Venus Williams is the only former victor in a fascinating women's event.

Such is the quality of matches all around the All England Club that this clash of the last two Wimbledon runners-up is the first match on court two at 11:30. Angelique Kerber, the world No. 1, faces Spain's Garbine Muguruza a round or two earlier than either would have liked - Muguruza is seeded 14th but has looked risky through the first week.

That, of course, was a different Murray, a veteran of two Grand Slam finals where today there have been 11, of zero Grand Slam titles where today there have been three, of zero Wimbledon titles where today there have been two, including previous year.

In round three, theatrical Italian Fabio Fognini almost pushed the top-seeded Scot to five sets before Murray rallied from 2-5 down in the fourth set for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 triumph. "I think all women would like to see three men's matches and three women's matches", she told Radio 5 Live.

Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert called for a discussion on the scheduling.

Petchey said: "Andy's obviously going to be pretty confident about the way that he's playing and, as draws go, it's not bad". "We also keep spectators updated with scores from key matches from around the grounds via graphics". This is rooted in the fact that this is the last Grand Slam that is being played on grass courts.

First, Federer returned from missing the last half of 2016 while letting his surgically repaired left knee heal and has been as impressive as he's been in quite some time.

Nadal has a 5-1 record over Muller although the Luxembourg grass court specialist beat him at Wimbledon in 2005.

Angelique Kerber will be hoping rediscover her best form, as the German looks to retain herr world number one ranking, with Spanish 14th seed Garbine Muguruza her next opponent.

In contrast, Muguruza has sailed into the last 16 without dropping a set, a run which has even surprised herself.

Murray cruised through the first two rounds of the tournament after a build-up hampered by injury, but had a little bit of a tougher time against Italian Fabio Fognini in the third round on Saturday.

"I thought I played well". Let's take a close look at some of the off-court highlights from Day 6 of Wimbledon 2017.

Now 26 and seeking his first win against Federer in six matches, Dimitrov sought to up the pace in the second set.

"I didn't expect it go to that easy", said Federer, the Australian Open champion.

Konta's eminent sensibleness and unruffled attitude in the face of all this hoopla bodes well and on No.1 Court, she faces a French opponent, Caroline Garcia, who's known all about the difficulties of being saddled with great expectations in her homeland.

Querrey, who has nine career titles to his name, is bidding to become the first male American to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2009. He and Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade were the last British man and woman to make it through to the final eight in 1973.

Over on court three it's Agnieszka Radwanska v Svetlana Kuznetsova, while court 12 hosts French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko against Elina Svitolina. But a lot of times those shock losses seem to come early in events.

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