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Roger Federer has won the Wimbledon Championship seven times in his careerGetty

The third Grand Slam of the 2016 season and the oldest competition in tennis is here as the players take to the grass surfaces of SW19. Defending champion Novak Djokovic comes into the tournament as the favourite. Such has been his form over the past two years that the Serb will be a very tough player to beat.

Crowd favourite Roger Federer is back at his preferred venue. The Swiss maestro is currently tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw who have won seven Wimbledon titles. A win here will make him the first person in history to win eight titles.

On the women's singles front, Serena Williams returns as the top seed and defending champion. The current World No 1 is the favourite in the absence of Maria Sharapova who has been banned from playing tennis due to her being found guilty of taking the banned substance Meldonium.

IBTimes UK takes a look at the top five seeds in the men's and women's singles competition and their first round matches.

Where to Watch Live

The tournament starts at 11.30am BST from 27 June to 10 July, with BBC providing live coverage in the UK. Regular updates and live scores are also available on Wimbledon's official website.

Men's Singles

Seed - Player

1 Novak Djokovic vs James Ward

2 Andy Murray vs Liam Broady

3 Roger Federer vs Guido Pella

4 Stan Wawrinka vs Taylor Fritz

5 Kei Nishikori vs Sam Groth

Women's Singles

Seed - Player

1 Serena Williams vs Amra Sadikovic

2 Garbine Muguruza vs Camila Giorgi

3 Agnieskza Radwanska vs Kateryna Kozlova

4 Angelique Kerber vs Laura Robson

5 Simona Halep vs Anna Karolina