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Wimbledon 2014: Day 3 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for London Bracket

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan during their first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London,  Monday, June  23, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Donald WoodFeatured Columnist IVNovember 18, 2016

The 2014 edition of the Wimbledon Championships is a much-anticipated event on the Grand Slam tennis calendar, but the action on Tuesday has led to even more excitement for Day 3's action-packed schedule.

On a day that saw many of the top players in the game such as Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer all dominate in their respective matches, the excitement surrounding what promises to be a great tournament has everyone looking forward.

Here is the full TV schedule for Day 3 of the Wimbledon Championships and the top matches from the schedule for the men's and women's tournaments.

 

Day 3 Schedule and Viewing Information
Date Time (ET) Watch
June 257:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ESPN
June 2511:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPNEWS
June 252 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Source: SI.com

*Check Wimbledon.com for full men's and women's brackets.

 

2014 Wimbledon: Day 3 Schedule
Men's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Novak Djokovicvs. Radek StepanekCentre Djokovic
Grigor Dimitrovvs. Luke SavilleCentre Dimitrov
Andy Murrayvs. Blaz RolaNo. 1 Murray
Tomas Berdychvs. Bernard TomicNo. 1 Tomic
David Ferrervs. Andrey KuznetsovNo. 2 Ferrer
Jo-Wilfried Tsongavs. Sam QuerreyNo. 2 Tsonga
Women's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Agnieszka Radwanskavs. Casey DellacquaCentre Radwanska
Petra Kvitovavs. Mona Barthel No. 1 Kvitova
Li Navs. Yvonne MeusburgerNo. 2 Li
Caroline Wozniackivs. Naomi BroadyNo. 2 Wozniacki
Venus Williamsvs. Kurumi NaraNo. 3 Nara
Victoria Azarenkavs. Bojana Jovanovski No. 3 Azarenka
Source: Wimbledon.com

*For the full schedule, check out Wimbledon.com.

 

Top Matchups On Day 3

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Radek Stepanek

Despite losing in the final of the 2014 French Open to King of Clay Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic was still awarded the No. 1 seeding in this tournament and cruised to a dominant victory in his opening match against Andrey Golubev, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4.

After the quick win over Golubev, Djokovic spoke to ATPWorldTour.com about how he perceived his first day and how he is currently playing:

It was a great start. Obviously, first official match on a grass court season this year. Coming into Wimbledon with no official matches, it always gives you an extra reason to get that commitment and focus from the start and try to play as best as you can, so that's what I did. Very, very pleased with my performance overall today.

Just how quick was Djokovic's win on Monday? BBC Sport showed his dominance:

Djokovic is coming off a loss in the final of the French Open and a loss in the final of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships that saw Andy Murray walk away victorious. After a win on the London grass in 2011, Djoker hasn't been back to the Promised Land since.

While Radek Stepanek is a strong player with a powerful serve and good return ability, the length Djokovic possesses and his ability along the baseline of a grass surface gives him a great edge over almost all of his competition.

Predicted score: Djokovic wins, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

 

No. 2 Li Na vs. Yvonne Meusburger

American star Serena Williams steals most of the headlines, but one of the most intriguing players at the 2014 edition of Wimbledon is Chinese star Li Na.

Even after her convincing first-round win over Paula Kania, 7-5, 6-2, Li told Kate Battersby of Wimbledon.com about the pressure associated with playing in majors:

When you come on the court to play, there is tension. It doesn't matter if you have been playing well in practice, you're still nervous. It doesn't matter how long you've been on the Tour because you never know what is going to happen in that first match. So I was a little bit down in the first set today, but I told myself just keep going. Or else it would be like the French Open.

Despite Li's success thus far in her career, she has never advanced past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Whether it is a struggle with the grass surface or the elevated competition, the veteran has not been able to master the Grand Slam.

Li can overcome the previous bad runs at Wimbledon by building momentum early, and that comes via a victory over Yvonne Meusburger Wednesday in the second round. Meusburger is a talented player, but Li possesses much more power on her serve.

Add in Li's deceptive speed and court vision, and her chance to win on Day 3 will be the correct way to continue building toward a deep run in England.

Predicted score: Li wins, 6-3, 6-2

 

*Stats via Wimbledon.com.

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