Wimbledon Schedule 2013: Day 3 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis

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Wimbledon Schedule 2013: Day 3 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
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After a thrilling first round of Wimbledon, the competition will only pick up in Round 2.

The opening couple of days of the prestigious event featured a number of major upsets, highlighted by Rafael Nadal going down in straight sets. The French Open champion struggled to make the transition to the grass court, and Steve Darcis got the win.

With a number of elite players in action on Day 3 at the All England Lawn Club, everyone should be alert to the possibility of another upset.

Here is a look at the biggest matches and things to watch as the tournament continues on Wednesday.

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Coverage

TV: ESPN2

Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

Day 3 Schedule

Note: You can find a complete look at the Day 3 schedule and order of play at Wimbledon.com

Matchup Court
Flavia Pennetta vs. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka Centre Court
No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Ernests Gulbis Centre Court
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. No. 3 Roger Federer Centre Court
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs. No. 2 Andy Murray Court No. 1
No. 8 Petra Kvitova vs. Yaroslava Shvedova Court No. 1
Michelle Larcher De Brito vs. No. 3 Maria Sharapova Court No. 2
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) vs. No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki Court No. 2
No. 18 John Isner vs. Adrian Mannarino Court No. 3

 

Top Matches to Watch

Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. No. 3 Roger Federer

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No matter what he does on other surfaces, Roger Federer continues to prove that he is still elite on grass. He is not only the defending champion at Wimbledon, but he has won the title an incredible seven times in his career.

His recent tournament victory at Halle once again showed that he can get it done on his favorite surfaces.

While Sergiy Stakhovsky has had some solid performances this year and is quite impressive with his serve, he has little chance of stopping Federer's momentum. The Ukrainian is not good at returning serves, and it would be a surprise to see him earn even one break on the day.

Federer should continue to cruise for the next few rounds until he faces anyone with the ability to stop his serve.

Prediction: Federer wins 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

 

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs. No. 2 Andy Murray

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Andy Murray finally won a major when he won the U.S. Open. He also won at these historic grounds when he earned the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. However, he is still yet to win a Wimbledon title for his home fans.

This continues a long drought for competitors from Great Britain that extends to before World War II.

Fortunately, this appears to be Murray's best chance to win after losing to Federer in the finals a year ago. What he needs to do is continue to display the consistency he has all season while also maintaining a high level of confidence against top opponents.

That will not be a problem against Yen-Hsun Lu, who is yet to win more than two matches in a tournament this year. He could cause some problems on Murray's second serve, but the favorite must make sure it does not get to that point.

Unless Murray beats himself with poor mistakes, this should be an easy victory for the British star.

Prediction: Murray wins 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

 

Flavia Pennetta vs. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka

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Serena Williams is clearly the favorite in the ladies' draw, although Victoria Azarenka is not too far away.

The Belarus native has shown the ability to play well on every surface and has reached at least the semifinals in each of the past four Grand Slam tournaments.

She could end up having a challenge in the second round from the veteran Flavia Pennetta. The experienced player has won one of her two career matchups against Azarenka and had an impressive opening victory against Elena Baltacha in the first round of Wimbledon.

However, Azarenka is too good to make this a realistic battle. The No. 2 player in the world should use her aggressiveness to end points in a hurry and win with relative ease.

Prediction: Azarenka wins 6-3, 6-2

 

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