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Wimbledon 2014: Day 5 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for London Bracket

Li Na of China plays a return to Paula Kania of Poland 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 ColumnistNovember 18, 2016

On a day that featured several rain-shortened games and most of the top names in the sport advancing to the third round, the excitement over Friday's action at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships has tennis fans ready for Day 5.

After watching bona fide stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal grace the grass courts with dominant performances, the intrigue over what could be an even more compelling group of matchups on Day 5 is palpable.

With men's No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and women's No. 2 seed Li Na in action, tennis fans will be glued to their televisions.

Here is the full TV schedule for Day 5 at the Wimbledon Championships and the top matches from the schedule for Friday.

 

Day 5 Schedule and Viewing Information
Date Time (ET) Watch
June 277 a.m. - 5 p.m.ESPN
Source: SI.com

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

 

2014 Wimbledon: Day 5 Schedule
Men's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Novak Djokovicvs. Gilles SimonCentre Djokovic
Andy Murrayvs. Roberto Bautista AgutCentre Murray
Grigor Dimitrovvs. Alexandr DolgopolovNo. 1 Dimitrov
Tomas Berdychvs. Marin CilicNo. 1 Berdych
Women's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Petra Kvitovavs. Venus WilliamsCentre Kvitova
Li Navs. Barbora Zahlavova StrycovaNo. 1 Li
Source: Wimbledon.com

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

 

Top Matchups on Day 5

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Gilles Simon

After losing in the final of the 2014 French Open, Novak Djokovic was awarded the No. 1 seed at Wimbledon and came out of the games hot, beating Andrey Golubev in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4.

Djokovic faced a much tougher test against Radek Stepanek in the second round but managed to hold off his challenger in a thrilling 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5) matchup.

Even after facing the adversity presented by Stepanek, Djokovic told ATPWorldTour.com about his second-round battle and how he feels moving forward:

Credit to [Stepanek] for fighting in the third. I thought I could have finished the match in three sets. But I didn't come out with my first serve when I needed to in the tie-breaker, and he came back. He fought. It was a very close, very even fourth set. It could have gone either way.

I'm just happy to have spent this amount of time on the court, to play a lot of rallies, to return and to serve. Physically I feel fine. This can just help me mentally for the [remainder] of the event.

While Wednesday's matchup wasn't vintage Djokovic, he faced some adversity that will have him ready as the competition continues to improve. As long as he sticks to his offensive game plan, the No. 1 seed will cruise against Gilles Simon.

Simon is a strong player who will try to match Djokovic on the serve. Unfortunately for Simon, Djoker is one of the best at getting horizontal along the baseline and dominating the return game using his size and speed.

Beating Konstantin Kravchuk and Robin Haase is a great feat for Simon, but Djokovic is the real deal.

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

 

No. 2 Li Na vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

While No. 1 seed Serena Williams is stealing all the headlines in London, No. 2 seed Li Na is quietly playing well enough to win the entire tournament.

With hard-fought victories over Paula Kania (7-5, 6-2) and Yvonne Meusburger (6-2, 6-2), Li continues to prove that, even at 32 years old, there are few players in the world as strong on the serve or returning the ball than her.

Tennis insiders Nick McCarvel and Ben Rothenberg shared insight on Li's third-round matchup against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova:

Li is playing strong in all facets of her game but needs to get everything going at the same time. She has amassed just one double fault through the first two rounds but has racked up 36 unforced errors.

There is always room to improve when it comes to eliminating errors, but Li has shown the power on her serve to make up for her sloppiness while she finds the rhythm needed to win the 2014 edition of Wimbledon.

Building momentum continues with a straight-sets win over Strycova.

Predicted score: Li wins, 6-4, 6-3

 

*Stats via Wimbledon.com.

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