The third Grand Slam of the season begins Monday at Wimbledon with former champions Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the marquee.
Djokovic, who faces Brit James Ward, is seeking his third straight Wimbledon and fifth straight Slam. The Serb is halfway to becoming the second man in the Open Era to win the calendar Grand Slam after Rod Laver did it in 1969.
“Pressure is part of what we do,” Djokovic said of the chase. “It’s inevitable to face this kind of sensation as a top player, being expected to do well.
“But the more you get to face these kind of pressures and emotions, the more you get used to them – the better you are at coping with it and handling it.”
Djokovic has never played Ward before.
“Every time you face an opponent for the first time, it’s always important to start off well and not allow your opponent to take his chances and opportunities,” Djokovic said. “It’s going to be the first match on the untouched grass. That’s probably one of the most special tennis matches that you get to experience as a professional tennis player.
“I’m looking forward to that. Obviously I know that he doesn’t have much to lose. The Centre Court is one of the cradles of our sport, will be hopefully packed, and we can enjoy a great match.”
Federer will take on lefty Guido Pella of Argentina.
Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils are some of the other top men in action.
The women are headlined by 2015 finalist and newly minted French Open champion Garbine Muguruza who takes on the upset-minded Italian Camila Giorgi.
Five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams takes on youngest Donna Vekic and Brit sensation Laura Robson continues her against Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. Robson beat Kerber at Wimbledon in the first round in 2011.
Other women on the court Monday include Madison Keys, Simona Halep, Ana Ivanovic and Sam Stosur.
MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)  v James Ward (GBR)
2. Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 
3. Roger Federer (SUI)  v Guido Pella (ARG)
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Venus Williams (USA)  v Donna Vekic (CRO)
2. Sam Groth (AUS) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) 
3. Laura Robson (GBR) v Angelique Kerber (GER) 
NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Kyle Edmund (GBR) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
2. Laura Siegemund (GER) v Madison Keys (USA) 
3. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) v Milos Raonic (CAN) 
4. Simona Halep (ROU)  v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
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