“If I reach the final, I'd like to face a different opponent than Federer,” said Nadal, who is hoping to win his third Wimbledon title after sealing his tenth success at Roland Garros a few weeks ago.

“I don't like to face best players in the final and I think I played against Roger already enough times this year.” Nadal beat Australia’s John Millman 6-1 6-3 6-2 in the opening round, and will next play against the American Donald Young on Wednesday evening.

“It was a very positive match for me, a good start,” said Nadal of his first round win.

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Federer has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player and has held the world No.

1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 302 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks.

Federer's mother is descended from Dutch and French Huguenots.

He grew up in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen, and then Münchenstein, close to the French and German borders and speaks Swiss German, Standard German, English and French fluently, as well as functional Italian and Swedish, Swiss German being his native language.

Miroslava Vavrinec retired from the tour in 2002 because of a foot injury 7 years before she married Federer.

Since May 2004, citing his close ties with South Africa, including that being where his mother was raised, he began supporting the South Africa-Swiss charity IMBEWU which helps children better connect to sports and social and health awareness.

The proceeds went to the victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

In December 2006 he visited Tamil Nadu, one of the areas in India most affected by the tsunami.

After turning professional in 1998, he was continuously ranked in the top ten from October 2002 to November 2016.

In majors, he has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, five Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles and one French Open title.

In 2007, he won the ESPY Award for Best International Athlete and he has won the Best Male Tennis Player award a record seven times.