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French Open final repeat up next for Federer

ROGER Federer will have happy memories of his last encounter with Swede Robin Soderling at Roland Garros and will be hoping for a similar outcome when he opens the play on Wimbledon's Centre Court today.

The Swiss master swept past Soderling to clinch his 14th grand slam title earlier this month, a performance so convincing on what is statistically Federer's weakest surface that the 27-year-old is a big favourite to reach the last eight.

British world number three Andy Murray will again play last on the main show court against Swiss number two and 19th seed Stanislas Wawrinka, while in between stands an interesting duel between women's world number one Dinara Safina and former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo of France.

Over on Court One holder Venus Williams, chasing a sixth title here, starts proceedings against Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, then Spain's number seven seed Fernando Verdasco is next in the firing line for Croatian ace-machine Ivo Karlovic.

The line judges will again need lightning reflexes to dodge the bullets from another massive server, American Andy Roddick, who is last on court against Czech Tomas Berdych.

Serena Williams finds herself on Court Two where she faces the unseeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. That match is followed by former champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia up against Czech Radek Stepanek.

Serbia's world number four Novak Djokovic is the latest top four player consigned to an outside court. The 2008 Australian Open champion plays Dudi Sela of Israel on Court Four.


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