Wimbledon Schedule 2013: Day 2 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis

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Wimbledon Schedule 2013: Day 2 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
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After a stunning first day at Wimbledon 2013, we look ahead to Day 2 at the All England Club.

At this point, nothing can shock us.

On Monday, we watched Rafael Nadal suffer his first career first-round loss at a Grand Slam, falling to world No. 135 Steve Darcis. Men's No. 11 seed Stanislas Wawrinka and women's No. 5 seed Sara Errani also were knocked out of Wimbledon.

On Tuesday, three top seeds will try to avoid upsets themselves.

Here's a breakdown of the broadcasting schedule, complete with predictions of Day 2's top matches.

*Complete schedule of play can be found at Wimbledon.com.


TV Schedule (via Tennis.com)

Date Time (ET) Round Network
Tuesday, June 25 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.  First ESPN

 

Live Stream

Date Time (ET) Round Live Stream
Tuesday, June 25 6:30 a.m. First ESPN3

 

Top Matches and Predictions

Serena Williams (1) vs. Mandy Minella

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You'd be hard-pressed to find many experts out there who don't favor world No. 1 Serena Williams at Wimbledon 2013. Williams has been outstanding this year, going 43-2 with six singles titles. She's claimed her last five tournaments. Her 31-match winning streak is the longest in 13 years on the women's circuit.

Williams also has just a wee bit of history at Wimbledon. As in, she's won the tournament five times, including last year.

As for Mandy Minella, the 27-year-old has gone 13-16 this year. That includes zero landmark victories. This is her first career matchup against Williams.

This shouldn't be much of a test for Serena. Expect her to roll in straight sets.

Prediction: Williams 6-0, 6-1

 

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Florian Mayer

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If Novak Djokovic had played anyone but Rafael Nadal in the semifinal of the 2013 French Open, he probably would have won hands down. The 26-year-old Serb was tremendous in that match, but ultimately gave way to the King of Clay.

But Djokovic doesn't have to worry about Nadal anymore. Frankly, Florian Mayer should be a piece of cake.

Djokovic is 33-5 with three singles titles this year. That includes defeating Andy Murray at the Australian Open. He's also 3-0 lifetime against Mayer, including a straight-set victory over the German in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year.

Expect Djokovic to roll to a straight-set victory over Mayer again this year.

Prediction: Djokovic 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

 

David Ferrer (4) vs. Martin Alund

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Who is more likely to suffer an upset on Tuesday?

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David Ferrer—the world No. 4—is 37-11 and has won two singles titles this year. While he may not stack up to Djokovic, Nadal, Federer or Murray right now, he's still a very good player.

He's had a few puzzling losses this year (including falling to Xavier Malisse in the Topshelf Open), but I can't see him losing to Martin Alund, who has gone 5-6 this season.

This will be the pair's first matchup against each other, and I don't see Alund pulling off an improbable victory.

Prediction: Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

 

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