We're only a few days into the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, and they're already shaping up to be special.
Heading into Day 4, the action should only increase in excitement as second-round matches continue across the men's and women's slate. Greats like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be taking to the grass courts, while other contenders like top-seeded Serena Williams, No. 3 Simona Halep and No. 5 Maria Sharapova will try to see past their second-round opponents on the women's side.
Let's break down everything you need to know for Day 4 at Wimbledon.
|2014 Wimbledon: Day 4 (June 26)|
|Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.||ESPNews||WatchESPN|
|2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
Live Stream: Wimbledon can be seen online at WatchESPN.
Gilles Muller vs. No. 4 Roger Federer
Roger Federer is no longer an overwhelming favorite in most of the majors he enters, but it's a different story when Wimbledon rolls around.
With seven victories at the All England Club, Federer has tied Pete Sampras for the most in the Open era. One more would put him alone at the top of the record books—the greatest tennis player to ever set foot at Wimbledon.
Talk about pressure. Federer is 32. With Rafael Nadal not going anywhere, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray continuing to emerge along with his own inabilities to get deep into a Grand Slam event lately, Federer's chances are running out to win his eighth Wimbledon title.
He can't look too far ahead, or Gilles Muller will take advantage. As TennisViewMag.com's Nick Nemeroff noted, Muller has been hot as of late:
Federer is arguably the best Wimbledon has ever seen, but he only has lifted the trophy once since the turn of the decade. His 2012 Wimbledon title was his last Grand Slam event, and failing to win it all this year would make it two full years without a major for the first time in his career.
Lukas Rosol vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal
One down, plenty to go for Nadal in the No. 2 overall seed's noticeably tough early matchups. Nadal lost the first set against Martin Klizan but rallied to win three straight.
Next up is Lukas Rosol, a familiar foe to Nadal. Rosol was the one who stunned the world last year at this tournament with a second-round defeat of Nadal, fresh off his seventh French Open and proving to be as serious a candidate as any for the Wimbledon title that year.
This time around, Nadal isn't taking him lightly, per The Guardian's Tim Lewis:
I lost because he’s a good player. He’s a player that can play very well on this surface. 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. That’s what I’m going to try. If not, I don’t have chances to be in the third round. But I’m going to fight for it.
Nadal struggled a bit in 2014, losing three times on clay before the French Open for the first time in a decade. But after bouncing back from that to win in resounding fashion at Roland Garros, he's proving to be a candidate for what would be his third Wimbledon trophy.
First, he'll have to get past his 2012 nemesis in Rosol.
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Chanelle Scheepers
For the pressure that men's players have to face, none of them have it quite like Serena Williams. As the top seed tournament in and tournament out, she's constantly expected to raise the silverware—which is only heightened when she embarks upon Wimbledon.
The five-time All England Club champion opened up with a convincing victory in her first-round match, per Wimbledon:
Up next is a matchup against Chanelle Scheepers. She topped Christina McHale in her opening-round affair, 6-3, 6-3, and Scheepers is currently in the top 100. Just as well, Williams was ousted in the second round at the French Open just weeks ago.
However, she's 0-2 head-to-head against Williams for her career. And in a second-round match in a tournament that Williams likely won't be tested until Maria Sharapova comes knocking, don't expect the American to slip up early like she did at Roland Garros.
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