Wimbledon 2013 TV Schedule: 2nd-Round Tilts to Watch at All England Tennis Club

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Wimbledon 2013 TV Schedule: 2nd-Round Tilts to Watch at All England Tennis Club
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Wimbledon is arguably the most anticipated event in tennis on a yearly basis and things are no different this time around. There have already been plenty of great matches and huge surprises through the first couple days of the tournament, so there is no telling what waits around the corner.

The second round hasn't officially been set, but there are plenty of matchups to look forward to at this point. Marquee matchups generally don't happen until the final few rounds of a Grand Slam tournament, however, there are several must-see matches that will be contested in the second round at All England Tennis Club.

Along with a full television viewing schedule for the entire tournament, here are three matches that you won't want to miss during Wimbledon's second round.

 

Wimbledon TV Schedule

Monday, June 24  
First Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 25  
First Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 26  
Second Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday, June 27  
Second Round 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN2
Friday, June 28  
Third Round 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 29  
Breakfast at Wimbledon 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ESPN
Third Round 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 30  
Week 1 Highlights 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ABC
Monday, July 1  
Round of 16 (Centre Court) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Round of 16 (outer courts) 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ESPN2
Tuesday, July 2  
Women's Quarterfinals (Centre Court) 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN
Women's Quarterfinals (Court 1) 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN2
Wednesday, July 3
Men's Quarterfinals (Centre Court) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Men's Quarterfinals (Court 1) 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday, July 4
Breakfast at Wimbledon 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ESPN
Women's Semifinals 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN
Friday, July 5
Breakfast at Wimbledon  7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ESPN
Men's Semifinals 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, July 6
Breakfast at Wimbledon  8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ESPN
Women's Final 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Women's Final Replay 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ABC
Sunday, July 7
Breakfast at Wimbledon 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ESPN
Men's Final 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN
Men's Final Replay 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ABC

*All times ET

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Ernests Gulbis

While Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has yet to crack the elite "Big Four" of men's tennis, he seems to be getting closer with each passing tournament. Tsonga defeated Roger Federer to reach the French Open semifinals and he has reached the Wimbledon semis in each of the past two years. Tsonga's quest to make the semifinals for a third consecutive year got off to a great start as he took care of David Goffin in straight sets, according to SuperSport Blitz.

As good as Tsonga has looked as of late, he certainly doesn't have a free pass to the third round. It doesn't seem particularly fair, but Tsonga must deal with Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the second round at Wimbledon. Tsonga is 3-0 against Gulbis, but two of their matches went to a decisive third set, so they have a history of playing each other tough.

The 24-year-old Gulbis was once the No. 21 player in the world and he has three titles to his credit, so he is far from a pushover. A No. 6-ranked player normally doesn't have to deal with a player like Gulbis until the third or fourth round, but the luck of the draw wasn't on Tsonga's side. There is no question that Tsonga will still be favored as he thrives on the grass at Wimbledon, but it's unlikely that this will be a routine three-setter.

 

Victoria Azarenka vs. Flavia Pennetta

A match between No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and 31-year-old journeywoman Flavia Pennetta in the second round at Wimbledon may seem fairly routine, but Azarenka is compromised. The Belarusian star went down awkwardly during the second set of her first-round match against Maria Joao Koehler and she let out screams of agony. Azarenka was able to continue and win the match, however, and she intends to play in the second round, according to Douglas Robson of USA Today.

Since Azarenka was able to cruise after the injury, perhaps there is nothing to worry about. Azarenka is a very emotional player, though, and she tends to struggle with the mental side of things. If she is thinking about her knee, then her second-round match against Pennetta will be quite difficult. Pennetta has never performed great in Grand Slam tournaments, but she was once No. 10 in the world and is a crafty veteran.

Azarenka and Pennetta have only played each other twice, but they are tied 1-1. Pennetta won the most recent meeting back in 2011, and while Azarenka has gotten significantly better since then, the injury could have an impact. Pennetta is the type of player who is capable of capitalizing on mistakes, so Azarenka won't have much room for error if she wants to avoid a massive upset.

 

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Bernard Tomic vs. James Blake

Although neither player is seeded, the second-round match between Bernard Tomic and James Blake is interesting for several reasons. The 20-year-old Tomic is considered to be one of the top prospects in tennis, but he has struggled recently and seen his ranking fall to No. 61 after reaching a high of No. 27. Tomic's potential is immense, however, and he has a chance to make a run in this tournament. Blake knows that this may be one of his last chances to make some noise as well, though, so he won't go down without a fight.

Tomic is without his father and coach as he was suspended for allegedly assaulting Tomic's training partner, according to The Guardian. Tomic disagrees with the ban publicly, but his father has been a distraction for him at times in the past, so maybe his focus has improved. As for Blake, his first-round win over Thiemo De Bakker snapped a five-match losing streak at Wimbledon, according to AP Sports.

Blake was the No. 4 player in the world in 2006, he has 10 career titles and he even played for a bronze medal in singles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. That seemed to be his last hurrah, however, as he has struggled to qualify for Grand Slams ever since. Blake was dominant in his first-round victory, so maybe he has something left in the tank. With weaker top seeds like Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych in their part of the draw, the winner of this match could do some damage moving forward.

 

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