Ball of Timelessness

WIMBLEDON, England —

As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he’ll be hoisting the trophy overhead in two weeks’ time.

None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same.

Indeed, it’s tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year’s championship at the All England Club, where play begins on Monday.

“They’ve, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit,” said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.

Either Nadal or Djokovic has won each of the past nine major tournaments, and they have met in the last four finals.

“It’s up to somebody … to break that mould,” said Federer, owner of a record 16 Grand Slam titles. “I hope I can do that.”

Add him to the equation, and those three…

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