Wimbledon 2012 Schedule: What to Watch During Monday's Crucial Action

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Brian Baker the USA  returns a shot during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against  Benoit Paire of France on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Stupid middle Sunday. 

After a week that included one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, the second longest match in Wimbledon history, a near collapse by Roger Federer and Andy Murray seeing the ball fall out of his pocket twice, the last thing tennis fans need is a break.

This is shaping up as one of the best Wimbledon tournaments in recent memory. Fortunately, that will make Monday's action that much more desirable. 

Let's take a look at what specifically you want to watch when play resumes. 

For a complete look at the men's Wimbledon schedule, click here. For the women, click here


Brian Baker vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber

If I told you at the beginning of the tournament this would be a match to watch in the fourth round, you probably would have slapped me through the internet. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany reacts after winning his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and
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But, after Baker, the former top junior American who hasn't been able to stay healthy, rolled through his first three matches and Kohlschreiber slowly but steadily made it through his, here we are.

The battle is for Nadal's spot in the quarters. 


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Mardy Fish

The winner of that match will take on the winner of this one to, most likely, give us the tournament's most unexpected semifinalist. 

Tsonga is looking to make it to the semis for the second straight year at Wimbledon, while Fish, the No. 10 player in the world, remains as the United States' best shot in London.

The 30-year-old veteran has only made it to the quarters three times at a major, but one of those came last year at Wimbledon. He'll look to continue that stretch.

This match, at least on paper, appears to be the toughest one to call. David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro can also argue for that title, so pay attention to that one, too. 


Serena Williams vs Yaroslava Shvedova

I swear I'm not just trying to showcase all the Americans but, when Serena takes the court, she is must-see TV on the women's side. 

Williams has been dominant throughout her career in London (four titles, six finals appearances) but, after a first-round ousting at the French Open and a failure to make the quarters in Australia, she's far less of a sure thing. 

Of course, she looked to be back on top last week before struggling with world No. 25 Jie Zheng. Like Katy Perry would say, she's up then she's down.

On the other side is 24-year-old Yaroslava Shvedova, who has yet to a lose a set this week and is coming off a dazzling performance against No. 10 Sara Errani. 

The young Kazakhstani is coming off a quarterfinal appearance in France and is a good upset candidate. 

Especially if the women start following the trend of the men.