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Wimbledon 2014: Day 4 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for London Bracket

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during his Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

After yet another exciting day at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, focus for tennis fans has shifted to the Day 4 schedule and the top names set to take the court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

With top seeds like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Li Na all advancing—other ranked players like David Ferrer and Victoria Azarenka were eliminated in the second round—the stage has been set for an interesting Thursday.

Here is the full TV schedule for Day 4 at the Wimbledon Championships and the top matches.

 

Day 4 Schedule and Viewing Information
Date Time (ET) Watch
June 267:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ESPN
June 2611:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ESPNEWS
June 262 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Source: SI.com

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

 

2014 Wimbledon: Day 4 Schedule
Men's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Rafael Nadalvs. Lukas Rosol Centre Nadal
Roger Federervs. Gilles MullerCentre Federer
Stan Wawrinkavs. Yen-Hsun LuNo. 1 Wawrinka
Richard Gasquetvs. Nick KyrgiosNo. 2 Gasquet
Jerzy Janowiczvs. Lleyton HewittNo. 2 Hewitt
Milos Raonicvs. Jack SockNo. 3 Sock
John Isnervs. Jarkko NieminenNo. 3 Isner
Women's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Angelique Kerbervs. Heather WatsonCentre Kerber
Serena Williamsvs. Chanelle ScheepersNo. 1 Williams
Maria Sharapovavs. Timea BacsinszkyNo. 1 Sharapova
Eugenie Bouchardvs. Silvia Soler-EspinosaNo. 2 Bouchard
Simona Halepvs. Lesia TsurenkoNo. 2 Halep
Ana Ivanovicvs. Jie ZhengNo. 3 Ivanovic
Sabine Lisickivs. Karolina PliskovaNo. 3 Lisicki
Source: Wimbledon.com

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

 

Top Matchups On Day 4

No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Lukas Rosol

No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal didn’t wait long to drop a set at Wimbledon, losing the first points against Martin Klizan in the very first round. Nadal bounced back to utterly dominate his foe in the next three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Next on the schedule is Lukas Rosol in the second round.

Before his matchup with Rosol, Nadal spoke to ATPWorldTour.com, saying, “I am excited to be back here, to win another match at Wimbledon, on the Centre Court…He's an aggressive player. It will be a tough match again. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well... I'm going to fight for it.”

While Rosol deserves credit for beating Benoit Paire in the first round, Nadal has the perfect mix of raw talent and experience to beat the 28-year-old challenger without using too much of his stamina in the process.

The field at this year’s Wimbledon is deep, and, with almost all of the top seeds playing well, Nadal will have to be playing his best and be 100 percent physically ready for several drawn-out battles.

A quick win over Rosol would be ideal.

Predicted Score: Nadal Wins, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

 

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Chanelle Scheepers

A second-round loss at the 2014 French Open was a tough pill to swallow for No. 1 seed Serena Williams, but the American star bounced back with a dominant opening-round win over Anna Tatishvili, 6-1, 6-2.

Despite the victory, Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times shared the intensity he saw from Williams in the post-match press conference:

Some athletes perform better when they are angry, and a focused and determined Williams is the most dangerous kind. After being utterly embarrassed, her return to a place where she has won five times has the American feeling confident again.

If Williams builds momentum early, the women’s bracket will be put on notice.

South African Chanelle Scheepers is a 30-year-old journeywoman who beat Christina McHale in the first round to earn the right to play Williams. With the No. 1 seed looking to make a statement, this should be a lopsided destruction.

Predicted Score: Williams Wins, 6-0, 6-1 

 

*Stats via Wimbledon.com.

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