Competitors stand sparse chance against ‘golden trio’ 

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LONDON — Any men’s competitor not named Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer might as well stay clear of the All England Club for the next six weeks as the tennis world gears up for a double blockbuster smash at Wimbledon.

Dozens of bit-part players will be determined to break up the domination enjoyed by title-holder Djokovic, double-winner Nadal and six-times former champion Federer, but the evidence suggests the challengers will be left nursing sore egos and broken dreams, not once but twice.

The golden trio have now won 28 of the last 29 grand slams — it would have been all 29 if Federer had not blown a 2-1 sets lead against Juan Martin del Potro in the 2009 U.S. Open final — and so far no-one has come close to ending that reign.

The leading contenders have taken a rather laid-back approach as they try to win back-to-back titles on the hallowed turf — Wimbledon will be throwing open its gates for the grasscourt grand slam on Monday and again for the London Olympic tennis event on July 28.

Djokovic and Nadal have blocked out all opposition at the last nine slams and have contested four straight major finals.

Wimbledon
WHEN: Monday-July 8
WHERE: All England Club, Wimbledon, England
MEN’S TOP SEEDS: Novak Djokovic (1), Rafael Nadal (2), Roger Federer (3) and Andy Murray (4)
WOMEN’S TOP SEEDS: Maria Sharapova (1), Victoria Azarenka (2), Agnieszka Radwanska (3), Petra Kvitova (4)

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