Wimbledon 2013: Day 11 Schedule, Matchups and Predictions

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Wimbledon 2013: Day 11 Schedule, Matchups and Predictions
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

This has been one of the most unpredictable years at Wimbledon, as several top players, including Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, were sent home early. 

On Thursday, we saw No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki shock No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the women's final after blowing through Williams in the fourth round.

Marion Bartoli defeated Kirsten Flipkens to set up a monumental clash with Lisicki for the 2013 title.

On Friday, four men will try to advance to the final. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro start things off, while world No. 2 Andy Murray and Jerzy Janowicz follow.

Here's a look at the schedule for Day 11 of Wimbledon 2013, complete with a breakdown of the semifinal duels.

 

TV Schedule (via Tennis.com)

Date Time (ET) Round Network
Friday, July 5 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Semifinals ESPN

 

Live Stream

Date Time (ET) Round Live Stream
Friday, July 5 7 a.m. Semifinals ESPN3

 

Top Matches and Predictions

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (8)

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Both Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro defeated each of their opponents at Wimbledon 2013 in straight sets. Djokovic is coming off a victory over Tomas Berdych, while Del Potro shocked David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

This year marks the first time Del Potro has advanced past the fourth round at Wimbledon. As for Djokovic, he's reached at least the semifinals four times in his career, winning Wimbledon in 2011.

Del Potro was 20-12 with one singles title heading into the All England Club this year, while Djokovic was 33-5 with three singles titles.

Del Potro broke a four-match losing streak against Ferrer dating back to 2011 on Wednesday, which is certainly worth noting. He also defeated Djokovic in their last match at Indian Wells this year.

That being said, Djokovic is still 8-3 lifetime against Del Potro, and he does have a victory over the Argentinian this year in Dubai.

Plus, the fact that Del Potro has already hyperextended his knee twice in the tournament doesn't bode well for the challenger.

Del Potro said on Wednesday, per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times:

I expect Del Potro to give Djokovic a scare early, but Djokovic will grind away for a victory.

Prediction: 4-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

 

Jerzy Janowicz (24) vs. Andy Murray (2)

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Andy Murray and Jerzy Janowicz have only faced each other twice in their careers, with Janowicz winning their most recent matchup last year in Paris.

Murray avoided heartbreak on Wednesday, coming back from two sets down to emerge victorious over Fernando Verdasco. While some may doubt Murray moving forward after it took him five sets to dispatch Verdasco, I actually think the come-from-behind victory will boost the 26-year-old.

Janowicz was 15-12 coming into the tournament. He lost to Mirza Basic in the first round of the Weber Open before Wimbledon. This is the 22-year-old's second appearance at Wimbledon—he made it to the third round last year before falling to Florian Mayer.

This is certainly no easy match for Murray. Janowicz has an incredible serve, evidenced by the fact that he posted 30 aces in the quarterfinals alone against Lukasz Kubot. He leads the tournament with 94 aces, per Wimbledon.com.

Of course, Murray is one of the best returners in the game, so that should help him. He's sixth in first-serve return points and first in second-serve return points at Wimbledon 2013. That should guide him past the powerful Pole.

Murray declared in his BBC column on Thursday, "Janowicz might be a big guy with a big serve, but I won't be intimidated by him."

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

 

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