Wimbledon Schedule 2012: Dates, Matchups, Coverage Info and More

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Wimbledon Schedule 2012: Dates, Matchups, Coverage Info and More
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No event in tennis can match the unique pageantry of Wimbledon. From the all-white outfits to the grass courts, it's a throwback to a simpler era and that's what makes the two-week Grand Slam tournament special for both players and fans alike.

Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will return to defend their titles from last year. The two stars headline 128-player fields that have players ranging from young to old who come from all around the world for a chance to play at the All-England Club.

Here's a look at all the important information for the season's third major tournament along with a complete television schedule and predictions for how each of the main draws will play out.

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When: Monday, June 25—Sunday, July 8

Where: All-England Club in London, England

Watch: ESPN and ESPN2

Live Stream: ESPN3.com

Matchups: Men's Draw and Women's Draw

 

Daily TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Round Channel
Monday, June 25 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Round 1 ESPN2
Tuesday, June 26 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Round 1 ESPN2
Wednesday, June 27 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Round 2 ESPN2
Thursday, June 28 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Round 2 ESPN2
Friday, June 29 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Round 3 ESPN
Saturday, June 30 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Round 3 ESPN
Monday, July 2 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Round 4 ESPN2
Monday, July 2 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Round 4 Centre Court ESPN
Tuesday, July 3 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Women's Quarterfinals ESPN2
Tuesday, July 3 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Women's Quarterfinals CC ESPN
Wednesday, July 4 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Men's Quarterfinals ESPN2
Wednesday, July 4 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Men's Quarterfinals CC ESPN
Thursday, July 5 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Women's Semifinals ESPN
Friday, July 6 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Men's Semifinals ESPN
Saturday, July 7 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Women's Final ESPN
Sunday, July 8 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Men's Final ESPN

 

Tournament Predictions

 

Men: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal

Djokovic and Nadal have met in the last four Grand Slam finals and, at first glance, it appears they have a great chance to make it five in a row. Nadal currently has the upper hand after beating the Serbian sensation at the French Open in four sets.

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The draw for Djokovic actually begins with a tricky test against veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero. He should advance relatively easily, however, and the rest of his quarter sets up favorably. A semifinal clash with Roger Federer awaits.

Nadal's run will be a little bit more tricky. Thomaz Bellucci hasn't lived up to the hype, but can't be ignored in Round 1. Power players Alexandr Dolgopolov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also capable of making some noise in the Spaniard's quarter.

Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and sleeper Milos Raonic are going to battle for a spot in the semifinals in the opposite quarter. The survivor will be battle-tested. That said, Nadal is just on another level right now and will still find his way through.

In the final, I think Djokovic will get some revenge for the Roland Garros loss. Based on the draws, he should be the fresher player and that's key when these two stars slug it out.

Prediction: Djokovic in four sets

 

Women: Maria Sharapova vs. Petra Kvitova

After winning the French Open, Sharapova returned to her spot atop the women's tennis world. She looked simply unstoppable on the red clay—a surface that's far from ideal for her playing style—leaving opponents like Kvitova to wonder how they can beat her on grass.

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Sharapova's roller-coaster career really started to take off at this event eight years ago. She won Wimbledon at just 17 years old and it seemed like her potential was unlimited. Injuries have slowed her down over the years, but she's back in top form.

Her quarter features a couple potential roadblocks. Upstart American Sloane Stephens could be the first if she can build off her impressive showing at the French. Kim Clijsters would also put up a fight. Sharapova is 7-2 against potential semifinal opponent Agnieszka Radwanska.

Kvitova was no match for Sharapova in the French semifinals, but is the defending Wimbledon champ after beating Sharapova last year. She's one of the few players on tour capable of matching the Russian star's power, but consistency has been an issue.

A possible quarterfinal clash with Serena Williams, who will be on a mission after losing in the first round at Roland Garros, will be her biggest hurdle to the final. While I think she'll jump that one, Sharapova will prove too tough once again.

Prediction: Sharapova in three sets

 

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