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Wimbledon 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 3 at All England Club

Jun 23, 2014; London, United Kingdom; Novak Djokovic (SRB) celebrates recording match point during his match against Andrey Golubev (KAZ) on day one of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2017

No Wimbledon 2014 star has fallen yet, but not all have coasted to a Round 1 win.

Just on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal lost his first set to Martin Klizan before clawing back to win in four. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed five sets to defeat Jurgen Melzer.

A large name losing so early would be shocking. But shocks happen at Wimbledon.

Here's Wednesday's schedule and predictions for the top players.

 

Day 3 Schedule
DateTime (ET)EventTV Info
Wed., June 257 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.Early Round ActionESPNEWS
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
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The complete tournament schedule can be found at Wimbledon.com.

 

Day 3 Predictions

ROME - MAY 10:  Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic (L) is forced to retire due to feeling sick at the end of the first game of the second set against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their semi-final match at the ATP Masters Series at the Foro Italico, o
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(1) Novak Djokovic vs. Radek Stepanek

Djokovic is a 7-4 favorite to win the men's singles tournament, according to Odds Shark. But once upon a time, in Rotterdam in 2006, Stepanek beat Djokovic 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.

Of course, Djokovic has won nine Grand Slams since then. But that doesn't mean this won't be a competitive match. When these two faced off two years ago at Wimbledon, Stepanek stole the first set before Djokovic battled back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

To reach this match, Djokovic breezed by Andrey Golubev 6-0, 6-1, 6-4. Stepanek also won in straight sets against Pablo Cueves 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Djokovic will easily advance, but in Round 2, Stepanek will push him.

Prediction: Djokovic in four sets

 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Paula Kania of Poland in action during her Ladies' Singles first round match against Na Li of China on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 23,
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(2) Li Na vs. Yvonne Meusburger

Li Na advanced to Round 2 after beating Paula Kania in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. And she needed it. Li lost in Round 1 of the French Open, so she's already improved off that mark.

After winning the Australian Open earlier this year, Li has high expectations. Meusburger doesn't. But she too advanced in straight sets, beating Vania King 7-5, 6-3.

Li has lost in the second round at Wimbledon two out of the last three years. She'd be in danger here again if Meusburger had ever advanced out of the second round.

Prediction: Li in two sets 

 

Jun 23, 2014; London, United Kingdom; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts during his match against David Goffin (BEL) on day one of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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(3) Andy Murray vs. Blaz Rola

Murray may be ranked lower than Djokovic, but he got an easier Round 2 matchup.

In Round 1, Murray advanced by beating David Goffin 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. His opponent, 23-year-old Slovenian Blaz Rola, defeated Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. 

Rola won the 2013 NCAA singles championship for Ohio State. This year is his first ATP Grand Slam action. He made it to the second round in the Australian Open too but lost to Klizan.

Rola may be competitive in a few years, but he has no hope against Murray.

Prediction: Murray in three sets

 

May 25, 2014; Paris, France; Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) in action against Shuai Zhang (CHN) on day one of the 2014 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Casey Dellacqua

Radwanska has never won a Slam, but the closest she's come to doing so was at Wimbledon. She made it to the final in 2012 but fell to Serena Williams. Radwanska played her way into the semifinals last year.

Dellacqua doesn't quite have the same resume. She's never made it out of Round 3 at Wimbledon or Round 4 in a Slam. She also didn't get off to the hottest start this year, needing three sets to put away Anett Kontaveit 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Radwanska embarrassed her first-round opponent, Andreea Mitu 6-2, 6-1. Expect domination.

Prediction: Radwanska in two sets 

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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