We're only entering Day 2 of the Wimbledon Championships from the legendary All England Club, and we've already seen a bevy of spectacular performances, thrilling finishes and upset victories.
Expect more of the same on Tuesday.
Tennis' brightest stars will take the court in an effort to get through first-round action and move deeper into the tournament.
This is no easy feat for even the world's best players, as Wimbledon's field is immensely strong.
Needless to say, not a single serve should be missed on Tuesday, so here's a look at the day's schedule, followed by a few predictions for notable matches.
Day 2 Schedule
|2014 Wimbledon Day 2 Schedule|
|Date||Time (ET)||Event||TV Info|
|Tue., June 24||7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN|
|11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPNEWS|
|2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Early Round Action||ESPN2|
The complete tournament schedule can be found at Wimbledon.com.
Day 2 Predictions
(2) Rafael Nadal vs. Martin Klizan
The King of Clay certainly had some trouble on the grass last year.
Nadal comes into Wimbledon after having been knocked out in the first round by Steve Darcis in 2013. Yes, Nadal was just coming off injury at that time, but the thought should be expected to creep into the No. 2 seed's mind.
Although, even if Nadal is thinking about that loss, he's not showing it during interviews. Here's what he had to say ahead the match, per Simon Cambers of The Guardian:
After winning Roland Garros last year, probably emotionally, I went down a little bit after that. Last year, I was not 100% ready for the grass. I knew my knee was not perfect yet and grass is very aggressive for my knee because I need to play very low.
But this year is a different story. Overall the feeling this year is better with my knee. I feel a little more comfortable running, and that’s very important.
Nadal certainly appears ready to compete, and he's coming into Wimbledon in great shape this year.
Klizan and Nadal have only faced off once before—a match Nadal won in four sets at Roland Garros in 2013. Expect to see a similar result on Tuesday.
Nadal def. Klizan; 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
(1) Serena Williams vs. Anna Tatishvili
Williams should be expected to have a big chip on her shoulder when she takes the court on Tuesday after coming off a terrible early loss in the French Open.
A tweet from Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times sums up Williams' mood heading into Wimbledon nicely:
Beyond the Baseline tweeted a very telling comment as well:
Get ready to see some fire from Williams in the first round at the All England Club on Tuesday.
Tatishvili is 0-2 against Williams, having lost twice to the No. 1 seed in straight sets in 2013. Unfortunately for Tatishvili, she's meeting Williams at the wrong time and will suffer the same result once more.
Williams def. Tatishvili; 6-1, 6-1
(4) Roger Federer vs. Paolo Lorenzi
Federer has a long history of success at Wimbledon, winning the tournament seven times over his illustrious career.
He's been playing well lately and has all the confidence in the world entering Tuesday's match. A tweet from ATP World Tour confirms how he's feeling about his chances:
This isn't a new trend for Federer. He recently won on grass in Halle after performing admirably at Roland Garros. That amount of momentum has him extremely confident in his game right now.
He spoke of his mentality during a press conference, via ESPN.com:
I feel like, yeah, if things click here, I should be able to win the tournament. I feel I have a very good chance again this year. I hope to utilize my fitness, the amount of matches I've played this year. So I'm really coming in with a much better feeling.
This year. I feel all the options are there. Return, serve, serve and volley, come in, my backhand—everything is working to my liking. For that reason, I feel I'm a bit more relaxed mentally, because I know it is there. I clearly want to do better than last year, there's no doubt about it.
Federer's been here before, and he won't find himself in any sort of trouble during his Round 1 match on Tuesday.
Federer def. Lorenzi; 7-5, 6-4, 6-3
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