What to watch at Wimbledon on day one

All eyes will be on defending champion and calendar slam-chasing Novak Djokovic as Wimbledon gets underway.

Novak Djokovic will commence his double-pronged bid to retain his Wimbledon title and stay on course for a calendar Grand Slam on center court where he faces British wildcard, James Ward.

The world number one should have no problem seeing off Ward, who is ranked 177th in the world.

Following Djokovic will be last year’s runner-up in the women’s singles Garbine Muguruza, who faces the unseeded Camila Giorgi of Italy.

The newly-crowned Roland Garros champion will be looking to go one better than last year at SW19 when she lost to Serena Williams in the final.

Also in action is Roger Federer, who gets his campaign for an eighth Wimbledon title underway with a match-up against Guido Pella of Argentina.

Asia’s best hope for success in the men’s draw, fifth seed Kei Nishikori will play Sam Groth of Australia on number one court.

Sixth seed Milos Raonic, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, starts with a first-round tie against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Roland Garros quarter-finalist David Goffin, who is the 11th seed, faces off with Britain’s Alexander Ward.

In the women’s draw, fifth seed Simona Halep meets Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia on number two court.

Another woman’s seed in action is former US Open champ Sam Stosur of Australia, who will play Magda Linette of Poland

China’s Shuai Zheng faces a tough first-round match with 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Matches to watch:

Djokovic v Ward

Ward is somewhat of an unknown quantity to Djokovic as the two have never met previously.

Still, the top seed should have more than enough to defeat the lowly-ranked Briton as he carries on with his quest to become the first male to complete the calendar slam since Rod Laver in 1969.

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The only thing that could possibly hamper the super Serb could be the pressure as he gets ever closer to such a huge achievement, but it is not a problem that has affected him in the past.

Ward, meanwhile, has revealed how he has sought some tips from his Davis Cup colleague and fellow Brit Andy Murray.

Muguruza v Giorgi

On paper, last year’s runner-up at Wimbledon and winner at Roland Garros Muguruza shouldn’t be troubled by the 48th ranked Italian, but Muguruza comes into Wimbledon lacking match practice on grass.

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Muguruza suffered a defeat in Mallorca to Kirsten Flipkens in her only match on the surface this season.

The two have met three times previously, but never on grass. With Giorgi holding a 2-1 advantage over the Spaniard, it may not be plain sailing for the number-two seed.

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