Wimbledon 2012 TV Schedule: When and Where to Catch Friday's Day 5 Action
It's been a wild Wimbledon thus far, and the tantalizing action will continue with Friday's Day 5 play.
Although some big names have been bounced from the tournament, plenty of the world's elite are still alive. And with a bid in the Round of 16 up for grabs, you can expect them to bring their best on Friday.
Here is everything you need to know about the pivotal matches of Day 5.
Date: Friday, June 29
Time: 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Top Men's Players to Watch
No. 1 Novak Djokovic
Djoker has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round and taking out American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday. Djokovic was tested in each match, and with plenty of stars falling early at this year's tournament, he should be highly focused on Friday.
Djokovic is 6-1 all-time against Stepanek and has beaten the Czech in five consecutive meetings.
No. 3 Roger Federer
Federer appears to be on a crash course for another semifinal matchup with Djokovic. Before he gets there, though, he will have to overcome a quality player in Julien Benneteau.
The Frenchman has won one of his three career meetings against Federer, beating him 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in 2009. Benneteau is a talented player, and with the confidence he gained from defeating Federer, he should be feeling good on Friday.
Of course, I'm still expecting Federer to roll into the Round of 16. He has been in top form at Wimbledon this year, losing just nine combined games in his first two matches.
Federer is pursuing his seventh career Wimbledon title, and I'm expecting him to get one step closer to his goal by dispatching Benneteau.
Top Women's Players to Watch
No. 1 Maria Sharapova
Sharapova looked like she might be the latest high-seeded woman to stumble, but she came back with a vengeance in her final set against Tsvetana Pironkova. After two grueling sets, Sharapova prevailed 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-0.
Now, she'll look to continue her success against Su-Wei Hsieh in the third round. Hsieh has been playing well in 2012, but I'm expecting her to be overwhelmed by the 6'2" Sharapova's power game.
It won't be easy, but look for Sharapova to win, moving one step closer to her fifth career Grand Slam title and second at Wimbledon.
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska
With so many of the top women falling, Radwanska is in perfect position to claim her first career Grand Slam title. Of course, she can't overlook her next opponent, Heather Watson.
The 20-year-old Brit has been dominant thus far, defeating Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-1 and Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-4. She's also sure to have the crowd behind her at All-England club, which should boost her confidence even more.
In the end, I still think Radwanska will prevail. Like Federer, she has dropped just nine games thus far in the tournament.
Watson will make it interesting, but I'm looking for Radwanska to advance with a straight set victory.
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