Federer poised to enter Wimbledon 2017 as favourite

On the men's side, Andy Murray will be looking to retain his crown as the No. 1 seed.

"The ATP have pushed these four guys (Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) which means the problem is that anyone not in the top ten isn't very good and that's not true", Jamie told the Times. The oldest tennis tournament in the world, dating back to 1877, it is now the only one of the "slams" played on grass.

"Depending how fit it is, if he's anything close to 100 percent physically, I consider Andy one of the big favourites to win the tournament".

Nadal is a two-time champion at Wimbledon himself, but since losing the 2011 final to Novak Djokovic he has failed to go beyond round four. Rising German star Alexander Zverev, talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, last year's runner-up Milos Raonic (who beat Federer in the semifinals) and Djokovic could block his path.

While reporters quizzed Federer on Saturday about who in the game's young brigade could become the first man outside that quartet to win since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, the Swiss felt it would be best to keep faith with the usual suspects.

The Spaniard faced the same opponent in the final match to whom he lost in 2007 but this time Nadal didn't allow Federer to take an upper-hand on him as he defeated Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7.

Murray, however, often owns a deceptively tired demeanour on court and after his first block of training in the morning, split over two hours, he indicated some optimism about playing his opening match on Monday.

"We re talking like he s in hospital nearly".

"Roger is 35, has been playing for a long time and would like to keep going for a long time", he said, as quoted on Tennis World USA. "We have seen that movie over and over".

Federer will open against the unorthodox Alex Dolgopolov with his quarter of the draw looking relatively benign. Federer, fresh off another title at Halle, or Nadal could well be the men to be in contention to make your team, with both players in fine form this year.

Things should be quite interesting in the women's draw as well, with world number 3 Karolina Pliskova (9/2) and 2014 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (5/1) expected to reach the final stages.

"Federer, at 35, nearly 36, if you had to tell me who the favorite is, you know, without seeing the draw, I would say him", Gilbert said.