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Wimbledon 2012 Preview: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic Aims To Defend Men's Title

The 126th annual Wimbledon Championships will begin on Monday from London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Rafael Nadal of Spain participates in a practice session on the outside courts during previews to The Championships at Wimbledon on June 23, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain participates in a practice session on the outside courts during previews to The Championships at Wimbledon on June 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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When the 126th annual Wimbledon Championships get underway on Monday morning in London, the best player in the world, Novak Djokovic, will be going for an unprecedented 5th major victory out of his last seven attempts.

The No. 1 seed in the field, the 25-year-old Djokovic will try to hold off his usual adversaries in No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 3 seed Roger Federer, along with a couple of upstart contenders in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 5) and Janko Tipsarevic (No. 8).

Also buried in the men's draw is Detroit's own Michael Russell, a tour veteran who has struggled to find his stroke on the grass courts of Wimbledon throughout his career. Russell will open with Spain's Adrian Menendez-MacEiras in the first round, and would move on to play the winner of Gilles Muller-Julien Benneteau in his next match if he is indeed victorious.

The favorite for the women's crown after running through her draw at the 2012 French Open, No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova will headline a dangerous women's field that includes a handful of under-seeded contenders. In addition to four-time champion Serena Williams as a No. 6 seed, former No. 1 overall player Caroline Wozniacki has drawn a No. 7 seed.

In the men's doubles tournament, the U.S. tandem of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will open as a No. 2 seed. The two brothers will be looking to repeat as Wimbledon champions and pick up their third Grand Slam doubles title in London. Sure to provide plenty of competition for the Bryan brothers is the top-seeded duo of Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, who enter Monday's draw as the prohibitive favorites.

You can view the full men's seedings and bracket at the official Wimbledon website.

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