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Wednesday, 5 July 2017 21:25 PM BST
Who to look out for on Day 4
Mark Hodgkinson highlights some of the talking points from Thursday's order of play READ MORE

The Zverev brothers on course to make it a family affair, the burden of being No.1 seed, Dimitrov close to realising his potential, and Kim Clijsters in Wickmayer's corner all feature as storylines on Day Four...

Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev
Perhaps it is just as well that the Zverevs, the first brothers to be seeded at The Championships since 1982, are staying in separate houses near the All England Club. Like the good tennis players they are, the Germans claim to not study a draw-sheet. But they can't help but listen to their mother, who has been pointing out to her sons that they could meet in the quarter-finals. And looking over the breakfast table at your opponent, as Venus and Serena Williams have done during past Wimbledons, has the potential to be both immensely weird and awkward. 

But we are getting ahead of ourselves, especially as if Mischa Zverev beats Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the second round, his next opponent is likely to be Roger Federer. Alexander Zverev, meanwhile, plays American Frances Tiafoe in a battle of the tennis youth. Of the brothers, Alexander is the one who tends to command the arc-lights, as at the age of 20 he is already the No.10 seed at Wimbledon. But it is Mischa, the 29-year-old No.27 seed, who has had the greatest impact at the Grand Slams this season. With his old school serve-and-volleying game - an approach he has compared to flipping a coin 200 times a day - he unseated Andy Murray to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open (he was then stopped by Federer).

Angelique Kerber
It would be an exaggeration to say that the German is so uncomfortable with being the No.1 seed that she wishes to crawl into her racket bag, zip herself up from the inside and hide from the world. But Kerber has clearly been having some difficulties dealing with the additional pressures and expectations that come with the position. Kerber, who finished as the runner-up to Serena Williams at last summer's Championships, has a second round match with Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, a former semi-finalist.

Caroline Wozniacki
In the brutal world of professional tennis, life doesn't tend to work out as it does in the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen. But perhaps it will be here, on the grass where she hasn't always had the best of times, that Wozniacki will end up scoring her first Grand Slam title. In the minds of the British public, Wozniacki remains the second most famous person to have come out of the Danish city of Odense (after Andersen). But, in this part of south-west London, a lot can happen in a fortnight. If the former world No.1 were to reach the quarter-finals here for the first time, and then go on to win the Venus Rosewater Dish, she would move above Andersen. All good stories need a little jeopardy and Wozniacki has a potentially tricky second round against Tsvetana Pironkova, a Bulgarian who reached the semi-finals of the 2010 Championships.

Grigor Dimitrov
Around these green and purple parts, the Bulgarian will forever be known for the day he brought down Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Championships. Seventy-seven years it had taken for a British man to win Wimbledon, with Murray in 2013 becoming the first home men's champion since Fred Perry in 1936, but the Scot's ambitions of adding another the following summer were dashed on Dimitrov's strings. That victory propelled Dimitrov into a first Grand Slam semi-final. A second run to the last four of a major came at this year's Australian Open. So Dimitrov has long outgrown his 'Baby Federer' nickname. But there's no escaping the Swiss. Dimitrov, who plays Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the second round, has the possibility of a last-16 encounter with Federer.

Kim Clijsters
For an example of how to succeed as a tennis-playing mother, you first look to the retired Belgian, who won three Grand Slam titles as a parent (though none at Wimbledon). With Victoria Azarenka playing her first Grand Slam since the birth of her son Leo in December, and with the pregnant Serena Williams already preparing for her return to Wimbledon next summer, you can imagine that the Belarusian and the American could learn from speaking to Clijsters. And Clijsters isn't just on people's minds; she is also on the grounds, as the former world No.1 is advising countrywoman Yanina Wickmayer, who has a second round match against Spaniard GarbiƱe Muguruza, the runner-up to Williams a couple of summers ago.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares
Ten years have passed since the older of the Murray brothers won Wimbledon - the mixed doubles title alongside Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. Perhaps this summer he will add the men's doubles title to his All England Club portfolio. He and his Brazilian partner, Bruno Soares, had a pleasing preparation by winning the Queen's Club tournament. They open against the all-Czech pairing of Roman Jebavy and Jiri Vesely.

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