If Monday was any indicator of how the rest of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships will turn out, tennis fans are in for a treat. The No. 1 players on both the men's and women's side will compete on Day 2 at the All England Club, as will many of the other top players in the world.
There were two massive upsets on Monday, as Rafael Nadal and Sara Errani were both unceremoniously swept out of the tournament in straight sets by unheralded opponents. Interestingly enough, both Nadal and Errani were No. 5 seeds, which isn't a favored seed at Wimbledon.
BBC Sport noted after Nadal's loss that no No. 5-seeded player has ever won a title at Wimbledon:
Rafael Nadal fell victim to the curse of the fifth seed. No player seeded fifth has ever won at Wimbledon.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 24, 2013
The action on Tuesday should be no less compelling.
With a full schedule on the docket, the grass courts of London's All England Club will be buzzing with activity from sunup to sundown.
Here are the matches you don't want to miss on Tuesday—Day 2 of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Note: For a full list of all the matches scheduled for Day 2, visit Wimbledon.com.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Florian Mayer
The No. 1 player in the world on the men's side, Djokovic appears to have a cakewalk pathway to the men's final at the All England Club this summer. While the bottom half of the draw features many of the sport's top heavyweights on grass surfaces, the top half is ripe for the plucking.
The one-time Wimbledon champ hasn't been playing his best tennis of late, however.
Since winning in Monte Carlo back in mid April, Djokovic has been defeated by the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych and has suffered through periods of play where his game was far from sharp.
Mayer is a player who has won just one tournament in his career, and he has never sniffed a victory in his three matches against Djokovic. The two met up in the quarterfinals of last year's Wimbledon, with Djokovic winning the match easily in straight sets.
The Djoker should easily win Tuesday's match, but as we saw on Monday with Nadal's early exit, anything is possible.
Serena Williams (1) vs. Mandy Minella
There isn't another player on the face of the earth that can match Williams' current streak of 31 straight victories. As ESPN Stats & Info noted, she's been dominant for even longer, sporting a record of 74-3 since her first-round loss in last year's Wimbledon Championships:
Wimbledon begins today. Defending champ Serena Williams enters on a 31-match win streak and is 74-3 since start of last year's tourney.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 24, 2013
Williams hasn't just been winning matches, either. She's been routinely destroying her opponents, winning the vast majority of her matches in blowout fashion.
Minella, on the other hand, has won less than half her matches this season and lost in the first round in her only previous appearance in a Wimbledon Championships.
Williams should blow through Minella without hardly breaking a sweat. Her rocket-like serve will be too hot for Minella to handle, and her powerful return game should make it difficult for her opponent to win even one break point.
Who is in greater danger of being upset on Day 2?
Blowouts are usually yawn fests, but Williams' excellence makes this match one you won't want to miss. She's simply breathtaking to watch right now—power, grace and laser-like focus in a bottle.
Gilles Simon (19) vs. Feliciano Lopez
Simon and Lopez will be facing one another for the second consecutive match after the two of them met up in the men's final at the Aegon Championships, Eastbourne, a week ago.
Lopez—a veteran and career journeyman—came out on top to win the tournament. It was a back-and-forth match the first two sets as both players put forth excellent efforts, but in the end Lopez dominated Simon in the final set to win 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 6-0, as noted by TennisTV:
It was only Lopez's third career victory, and his first on grass.
Simon has never been a particularly strong player on grass. He's never before won a tournament that featured a grass surface, and he has never gotten out of the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Watching these two men go at it on Tuesday will be compelling stuff. Don't be surprised if Lopez overcomes Simon once again to move into Round 2 at the All England Club.
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