After a wealth of upsets in the first three days of Wimbledon 2013, Day 4 was largely a return to normalcy.
Of course, there is always room for more upsets at the historic All England Club.
Here's a look at the broadcast schedule for Day 5 of Wimbledon 2013, complete with predictions of top matches.
*Complete schedule of play can be found at Wimbledon.com.
TV Schedule (via Tennis.com)
|Friday, June 28||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Second and Third||ESPN|
|Date||Time (ET)||Round||Live Stream|
|Friday, June 28||6:30 a.m.||Second and Third||ESPN3|
Top Matches and Predictions
Tommy Robredo (32) vs. Andy Murray (2)
Tommy Robredo will attempt to upset Andy Murray in the third round on Friday.
Robredo is 2-2 lifetime against Murray, but has lost the pair's last two matchups in 2009. This year, the 31-year-old Spaniard has gone 21-12 with one singles title (Casablanca, Morocco).
Murray, on the other hand, was one of the favorites coming into Wimbledon 2013, going 27-5 with three singles titles before the tournament. He's knocked off numerous big names in the process, including Roger Federer and David Ferrer. Plus, he's healthy after a back injury, which increases his chances at Wimbledon even more.
Considering I have Murray reaching the final to face Djokovic, it's hard for me to give this one to Robredo, despite all the upsets so far. Murray is coming off a straight-set victory, while Robredo endured a contentious three-setter against Nicolas Mahut.
Prediction: Murray 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
David Ferrer (4) vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
David Ferrer came into Wimbledon 37-11 with two singles titles, but he hasn't defeated any of the big names and he's had some puzzling losses to Xavier Malisse, Dmitry Tursunov and Kevin Anderson. In that sense, I'm not very high on Ferrer in the tournament.
That being said, Ferrer still outclasses Roberto Bautista Agut. Agut was 12-12 this year headed into Wimbledon, and his straight-set victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round didn't change my opinion of the world No. 60.
Richard Newman of Sky Sports Radio tweeted:
Difficult to see where the "upsets" are today - perhaps Ferrer could be tested against Roberto Bautista Agut. #Wimbledon— Richard Newman (@rich_newman) June 27, 2013
Prediction: Ferrer 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Petra Kvitova (8) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (25)
Petra Kvitova has performed well at Wimbledon the past three years. In 2010, she reached the semifinals. In 2011, she won the event. In 2012, she reached the quarterfinals.
Who is most likely to be upset on Day 5?
The 23-year-old is 28-14 with one singles title this year, including wins over Agnieszka Radwanska, Sara Errani and Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai.
As for world No. 27 Ekaterina Makarova, she was 13-13 heading into Wimbledon this year. That included impressive wins over Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber.
Kvitova is 2-1 lifetime against Makarova. She beat the 25-year-old Russian in Eastbourne and Doha in 2011 and 2013, respectively, but lost to her in Eastbourne in 2012.
I certainly don't think this will be easy for Kvitova, but I see her eventually advancing.
Tennis writer Chris Skelton tweeted:
Kvitova will have her work cut out in R32 vs. Makarova. Robson gets a bit of tough luck by starting vs. 2012 quarterfinalist Kirilenko.— Chris Skelton (@ChrisSkelton87) June 21, 2013
Prediction: 7-5, 4-6, 6-4