Wimbledon Schedule 2013: Day 2 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
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)
|Tuesday, June 25||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||First||ESPN|
|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
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
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
Who is more likely to suffer an upset on Tuesday?
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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