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Question of the Day
Last year, the pair played the longest match in tennis history at the All England Club, with Isner winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a first-round match that stretched over three days. An audible gasp followed Friday’s announcement, but laughter soon ensued.
The matchup was the talk of the social networking site as soon as it was announced.
Last year’s match was played on Court 18, and a new plaque commemorates the epic contest, which lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes.
This year’s match is scheduled to take place _ or begin at least _ on Tuesday. Twice last year, the match was held over because of darkness. With rain in the forecast for the opening week of Wimbledon this year, there is a chance they could be delayed again.
Nadal could come up against big-serving Milos Raonic in the third round and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the last 16. If the seedings hold up, Nadal’s quarterfinal could be a rematch of last year’s final against Tomas Berdych.
Federer has second-seeded Novak Djokovic as his projected semifinal opponent. The third-seeded Swiss will face Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the first round, and could meet up with 2002 finalist David Nalbandian in the third round.
Djokovic will meet Jeremy Chardy of France in the first round.
Of the top four, Murray has possibly the most difficult route to the final. Before a possible semifinal against Nadal, he could face Marin Cilic in the third round, Richard Gasquet in the last 16 and three-time finalist Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.
Murray will meet Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain in the first round.
Serena has played only two matches since winning the title last year after complications with a foot injury led to blood clots on her lungs. She returned in Eastbourne this week, losing a three-set match to Vera Zvonareva.
Zvonareva could meet Venus, who has been seeded 22nd, in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Venus will open against Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, and Serena will take on Aravane Rezai of France. Zvonareva is to play Alison Riske of the United States.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 1-ranked player looking for her first Grand Slam title, meets Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain in the first round. If she gets that far, she could meet Serena in the semifinals.
French Open champion Li Na has a potentially tough second-round match. If she gets past Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia in the first round, she could face Sabine Lisicki, who won the Birmingham title on grass last week and was awarded a wild card at Wimbledon after a long injury layoff.
Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, will be up against Anna Chakvetadze of Russia in the opening round.
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