On Day 6 of Wimbledon 2013, we saw several top seeds advance, including Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, David Ferrer and Li Na. Of course, the up-and-down, unranked Bernard Tomic also defeated No. 9 seed Richard Gasquet.
Now we head into the fourth round at Wimbledon, where the competition figures to be even more fierce. Will Djokovic and Andy Murray survive on the men's side? Will Williams avoid the upset on the women's side?
Here's a look at the broadcast schedule for Day 7 of Wimbledon 2013, complete with predictions of Monday's top matches.
*Complete schedule of play can be found at Wimbledon.com.
TV Schedule (via Tennis.com)
|Monday, July 1||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||Fourth||ESPN2|
|Monday, July 1||8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Centre Court)||Fourth||ESPN|
|Date||Time (ET)||Round||Live Stream|
|Monday, July 1||6:30 a.m.||Fourth||ESPN3|
Top Matches and Predictions
Serena Williams (1) vs. Sabine Lisicki (23)
Serena Williams continues to roll in 2013. She was 40-2 with six singles titles headed into Wimbledon, and she's beaten her first three opponents at the All England Club in straight sets. The defending champion has been nearly unstoppable, needing 61 minutes to dispose of Kimiko Date-Krumm on Saturday.
Sabine Lisicki was 17-12 with one doubles title headed into Wimbledon this year. She's coming off an impressive come-from-behind victory against world No. 14 Samantha Stosur. That being said, Lisicki is 0-2 lifetime against Williams, and Serena has been playing out of her mind lately.
Williams wins in straight sets.
Prediction: Williams; 6-2, 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny (20) vs. Andy Murray (2)
Andy Murray has done nothing to sway his Wimbledon support so far. He came into the tournament 24-5 with three singles titles on the year, and he's defeated his first three opponents at the All England Club in straight sets.
Per Wimbledon.com, Murray ranks in the top 15 at Wimbledon in first-serve points won (percentage), first-serve-return points won, second-serve-return points won and break points won, exemplifying the all-around game that made him one of the favorites headed into Wimbledon 2013.
As for Mikhail Youzhny, the world No. 20 was 14-14 headed into Wimbledon this year. He's defeated Robin Haase and Viktor Troicki in straight sets at the All England Club, while enduring a brutal five-set affair against Vasek Pospisil in the second round.
Murray is 2-0 lifetime against the 30-year-old Russian.
It's worth noting that Youzhny has gone 10-2 since the Rome Masters (including Wimbledon). That includes victories over Richard Gasquet, Kei Nishikori and Janko Tipsarevic. He was also 50-30 lifetime on grass headed into Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinals at the All England Club last year. He's certainly dangerous.
Of course, this is Murray we are talking about, a player who has elevated his game to elite status, breaking through with a U.S. Open title last year.
Prediction: Murray, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Tommy Haas (13)
Novak Djokovic headed into Wimbledon 30-5 with three singles titles. The world No. 1 has gone on to defeat his first three opponents at the All England Club in straight sets, including a formidable victory over No. 28 seed Jeremy Chardy in just under two hours on Saturday.
Tommy Haas has gone 27-11 with one singles title this year (BMW Open). He defeated his first two opponents at the All England Club in straight sets, while battling for a four-set victory over Feliciano Lopez on Saturday.
Djokovic is 5-3 lifetime against Haas, winning three of their last four matchups. Haas defeated Djokovic in straight sets last year in Miami.
While Haas reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2009, he's generally had trouble in the tournament. I don't think it will be easy for Djokovic on Monday, but I also think Djokovic outclasses the 35-year-old German.
Prediction: Djokovic, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3