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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic share Wimbledon �Manic Monday�

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LONDON, July 8: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic share top billing on �Manic Monday� at Wimbledon with teenage sensation Coco Gauff.

Eight-time champion Federer, four-time winner Djokovic and Nadal, a double champion, all play last 16 ties against opponents who have never before progressed this far.

Federer, the second seed, tackles Italy�s World No. 20 Matteo Berrettini in what will be the Swiss great�s record 17th fourth round appearance at the All England Club.

�I don�t know him very well, so that makes it a bit more tricky,� said Federer, chasing a 21st Grand Slam title.

Nadal, the champion in 2008 and 2010, also has an unexpected opponent in the shape of World No. 69 Joao Sousa, the first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Nadal has a 2-0 career advantage over the 30-year-old Sousa, with both wins coming on clay.

�He�s a super dangerous opponent against everybody. He is very quick, has a very good physical performance,� said Nadal, looking to back up his 12th Roland Garros title with a third Wimbledon.

Djokovic insists he will not be complacent about his chances of reaching the final for the sixth time. The highest seed that the World No. 1 can face before the final is number 15 Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up from Canada.

But first up for the defending champion and 16-time major winner is 21-year-old Ugo Humbert from France who is playing in his first Wimbledon.

Until this year, World No. 66 Humbert had never played a grass court match either as a junior or professional.

Should Djokovic emerge triumphant, he would face either Belgian 21st seed David Goffin or Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in what would be his 11th quarterfinal at the tournament. � AFP

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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic share Wimbledon �Manic Monday�

LONDON, July 8: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic share top billing on �Manic Monday� at Wimbledon with teenage sensation Coco Gauff.

Eight-time champion Federer, four-time winner Djokovic and Nadal, a double champion, all play last 16 ties against opponents who have never before progressed this far.

Federer, the second seed, tackles Italy�s World No. 20 Matteo Berrettini in what will be the Swiss great�s record 17th fourth round appearance at the All England Club.

�I don�t know him very well, so that makes it a bit more tricky,� said Federer, chasing a 21st Grand Slam title.

Nadal, the champion in 2008 and 2010, also has an unexpected opponent in the shape of World No. 69 Joao Sousa, the first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Nadal has a 2-0 career advantage over the 30-year-old Sousa, with both wins coming on clay.

�He�s a super dangerous opponent against everybody. He is very quick, has a very good physical performance,� said Nadal, looking to back up his 12th Roland Garros title with a third Wimbledon.

Djokovic insists he will not be complacent about his chances of reaching the final for the sixth time. The highest seed that the World No. 1 can face before the final is number 15 Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up from Canada.

But first up for the defending champion and 16-time major winner is 21-year-old Ugo Humbert from France who is playing in his first Wimbledon.

Until this year, World No. 66 Humbert had never played a grass court match either as a junior or professional.

Should Djokovic emerge triumphant, he would face either Belgian 21st seed David Goffin or Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in what would be his 11th quarterfinal at the tournament. � AFP

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