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Wimbledon prepares for a classic grand-slam showdown

Wimbledon prepares for a classic grand-slam showdown
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As the Wimbledon grand slam approaches, preparations are underway at the All England Club.

Let’s take a look at some of the tournament’s hopefuls.

Roger Federer will be looking to add an eighth Wimbledon win to his collection. The 17-time grand slam champion seemed in fine shape on the grass court when he took his third straight Halle title a week earlier.

A decade after her last Wimbledon win, Maria Sharapova will seek two grand slam wins in a row following her victory at this year’s Roland Garros.

As will world number one Rafael Nadal, who spoke of the transition from clay to grass.

“I said before it’s really the most dangerous tournament of the year,” he said. “When I arrived at Roland Garros, I’d already played for one month on clay and played a lot of matches. So more or less I can imagine how I am going to play.”

Defending champion Andy Murray is faced with the challenge of repeating his greatest professional triumph.

His defeat at Queen’s was the latest in a string of unreliable performances, although the addition to the team of new coach Amelie Mauresmo may be just the boost he needs.

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