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Wimbledon opens up for first day of play

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>> Fans queuing up for the first day of Wimbledon. Thousands even camping overnight to get the best seats, and a chance to stroll through the famous gates of the all England Club. Williams, Federer, Murray, and just some of the names at the Grand Slam. But Reuters' Jonathan Crane says, this year, one man stands above all.
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>> Well obviously for the Men's Draw we can't really look further than Novak Djokovic. He's pretty much dominated men's tennis over the last 12 months. He's got all four grand slams. He's on the verge of history. He could become the first man to have five grand slams in a row in the Open era.
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Beyond that, Roger Federer now, back after injury. He had some back problems and also problems with his knee. He did lose in Germany, a shock defeat to Dominic Thiem, who's also someone to watch, actually, in this draw. But you can never write off Federer, can you? We know he loves Wimbledon.
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>> Djokovic beating Briton James Ward in straight sets progressed to round two after saying he felt confident on what he felt was a flawless victory. A good day for Venus Williams as well. Beating Donna Vekic in straight sets. She's through to round two but the women's draw this year is very much up for grabs.
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>> Well again we talk about players that like Wimbledon and we know Serena Williams absolutely loves playing at Wimbledon, arguably her favorite tournament, but since she won here 12 months ago, she's not won a Grand Slam. She surprisingly lost in the US Open semi-finals. She surprisingly lost at the Australian Open.
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So she's trying to get to Steffi Graf's 22 Grand Slam title. The wheels have come off a bit, and there's a lot of players wanted to dethrone her, Garbiñe Muguruza, of course, the Spaniard, she won the French Open. We've got Petra Kvitova in the draw. You can't write her off.
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She's won Wimbledon twice.>> This year, the singles champions will take home 2 million pounds, up almost 5% from last year. It could be good news. But swap it for dollars and the post Brexit slump in the pound will leave the winner wishing it was 2015. Wimbledon will run until July the 10th.