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July 4, 2017 / 2:02 AM / 5 months ago

SHOWCASE-Tennis-Roger Federer v Alexandr Dolgopolov - player profiles

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July 4 (Reuters) - Here’s a look at the form and previous records of Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine ahead of their first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday (prefix number denotes seeding):

3-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

The Swiss is the bookmakers’ favourite to seal his eighth Wimbledon this year after winning the Australian Open.

Federer followed up his Australian Open victory with titles in Indian Wells and Miami, then skipped the entire claycourt season to focus on his preparations for SW19.

He was rusty upon his return to the grass in Stuttgart but hit his stride in Halle, where he claimed his ninth title without dropping a set.

Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine)

The world number 84 has struggled for form, losing in the second round at French Open and Australian Open earlier this season.

The 28-year-old retired injured during the second round match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil at Den Bosch last month in the only grasscourt tournament he featured ahead of Wimbledon.

Federer has defeated Dolgopolov in their previous three encounters and is a favourite to record another victory on Tuesday. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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