WIMBLEDON, England — — This would be enough for any tennis fan with a ticket to Wimbledon on Monday.
Serena Williams, the defending champion, is playing Maria Sharapova, a longingly eager ex-champion who at 23 desperately wants to be at the top again with her surgically repaired shoulder a mental hindrance but her fighting spirit still potent.
Kim Clijsters is playing against Justine Henin, two Belgians who have combined for nine major championships, who both took big chunks of time off from tennis, who have been at most cordial and at times standoffish with each other. Now they've returned and will play each other for the 25th time.
It's only the fourth round at Wimbledon and already these delicious matchups.
Seems plenty good enough for a single day, but that's only a tiny slice. Because Wimbledon keeps the middle Sunday a rest day, everybody still left comes back Monday -- 16 men and 16 women.
Is it too much?
Two-time U.S. Open champion and two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Tracy Austin, working here as an analyst for the BBC, sees good and bad.
"It is a lot of great matches at one time," she said. "But then you miss some of them, which is a shame. I would like to savor each match."
Austin is right. Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, who is playing Australia's Jarmila Groth, is consigned to Court 2, and there was no room on Centre Court for Clijsters and Henin so they are on Court 1.
Andy Roddick, a three-time finalist here and a crowd favorite after last year's narrow loss to Roger Federer that went 16-14 in the fifth set, also is relegated to Court 2 for his match against Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei.
The wounded Rafael Nadal, seeded second and the 2008 champion, won't play until after Clijsters and Henin and then third-seeded Novak Djokovic and 15th seed Lleyton Hewitt on Court 1. Maybe that will give Nadal time to nurse his aching knees, which required treatment during his five-set win Saturday.
"Normally, Kim and Justine would be on Centre Court if they split this up over a couple of days," Austin said. "That's a shame."
The hallowed court has been reserved for a pair of defending champions and Britain's lonely hopeful, and if that's the only place you sit, you would get a full sampling of grass-court greatness, hometown enthusiasm and smashing power.
"It is a very special day," said Federer, who is first up on Centre Court. "It is hard to pick one day over the other, but the feeling is special at Wimbledon on Monday."
Federer, who faces off against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, likes being in the first match because he will likely finish his day first and have a little extra rest going into the quarterfinals.
Williams and Sharapova are next, almost squeezed in because fans will be waiting to bellow for their fourth-seeded favorite, Andy Murray, against American Sam Querrey.
Querrey, who played past dusk Saturday to finish a third-round, five-set match, knows full attention will be on him since all of Britain is rooting for Murray, who is from Scotland.
"Yeah, there is a little extra buzz for this day," Querrey said.
But will anyone find, say, third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki playing second on Court 2, just after Venus Williams and right before Roddick?
"Well, I don't know about that," Wozniacki said Sunday as she walked away from practice. "There will be a lot of big matches going on, won't there?"
French Open runner-up and sixth seed Robin Soderling might hardly be noticed, third on at Court 12 against ninth seed David Ferrer of Spain.
"It's a busy day, yeah?" Federer said.
Busy enough or too busy? Depends on where you're sitting. Lars Jensen, whose face was painted in the red and white colors of the Danish flag, said he is a Wozniacki fan and has decided to spend Monday waiting in line for a ticket. It's a tradition that if fans leave early, they will drop off their tickets to those in line.
"Maybe someone will get tired early and I get in," Jensen said. "That's my hope."