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Wimbledon 2017: Murray, Djokovic, Federer & Nadal head into week two

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The top names in the world of Tennis have all made it into week two of Wimbledon. Ernest Gulbis, Latvian professional Tennis player assert that “it’s their turf” and absolutely, it is. Not since the Australian and former world number one, Lleyton Hewitt did the unthinkable fifteen years ago by winning the championship has someone other than Roger Federer (seven titles in that span), Novak Djokovic (three titles), Rafael Nadal (two titles) and Andy Murray (two titles) left Wimbledon with the men’s singles title. As an addendum, the BIG 4 have accounted for eight runner-up finishes in that span.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament that schedules all 16 remaining singles matches on the same day. The top-half women’s fourth-rounders: No. 1 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 14 Garbine Muguruza in a meeting of the past two runners-up, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki vs. No. 24 CoCo Vandeweghe, and Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Petra Martic. In the bottom half, it’s five-time champion Venus Williams vs. No. 27 Ana Konjuh, No. 2 Simona Halep vs. two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko vs. No. 4 Elina Svitolina, and No. 6 Johanna Konta vs. No. 21 Caroline Garcia.

The age dynamics for this year’s Wimbledon event is also very interesting. At 37, Venus Williams is the only woman left and Ana Konjuh, 19 is the youngest. However, for the men, there are lots of 30s players including Roger Federer (36), Novak Djokovic (30), Andy Murray (30), Rafael Nadal (31), Giles Muller (34), Tomas Berdych (31).

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