The 2014 Wimbledon Championships have already produced a dramatic amount of highs and lows for the world's best athletes.
One of tennis' most prestigious tournaments, Wimbledon features an incredibly strong field that has led to an abundance of intensity and some early upsets at the All England Club.
We've seen some higher-ranked competitors ousted early from the tournament, and although the top-seeded players still remain, that could change in a hurry due to the growing difficulty of matchups.
Will Novak Djokovic, Na Li and more of the world's best continue to flourish on Day 5?
To ensure not a single serve is missed, here's a look at the complete viewing information, schedule and outlook for Friday at the All England Club.
Date: Fri., June 27
Where: All England Club in London, England
Time: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Order of Play: Wimbledon.com
Day 5 Outlook
Will Novak Djokovic Right the Ship?
Djokovic cruised to an easy Round 1 victory over Andrey Golubev in three sets; however, the same couldn't be said for the No. 1 seed in his second-round match against Radek Stepanek.
After winning the first two sets, Djokovic dropped the third and struggled to close out the fourth due to some inconsistent and erratic play. The Serb struggled a bit on the rally, only winning 25 percent of first-serve return points and 50 percent of medium rally points.
Here's a great look at Stepanek's reaction to Djokovic's winner, courtesy of theScore:
He spoke about his performance during a press conference, via Alix Ramsay of Wimbledon.com, after his match:
"It was fun to be a part of on the one side. But, on the other side, I should have not complicated my life in the way. I was two sets up and had break point chances and I should have closed it out in the third set tie-break."
On Friday, Djokovic will get a chance to get things back on track against Gilles Simon. The No. 1 seed has fared very well against Simon in the past, holding a career 6-1 record with his lone loss coming the first time the duo faced off in 2008.
Na Li Looks to Keep Pace with Serena
Someone needs to keep up with the frenzied pace of Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Williams is on a tear after her devastating early exit in the French Open. The American absolutely destroyed Chanelle Scheepers on Thursday, and Li needs another strong showing to keep her momentum going.
After all, keeping up with Williams won't be easy due to her torrid pace:
Li made short work of Yvonne Meusburger in Round 2, winning in two sets in just 67 minutes.
Aside from a bit of an errant serve, Li looked great on the volley. She won 58 percent of her first-serve return points, 67 percent of her medium rallies and 14-of-19 net points.
She'll need to keep up her form against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Friday. After all, Williams is already getting her confidence back. During a press conference on Thursday, via Kate Battersby of Wimbledon.com, she had this to say:
"I'm always the favorite. It's been that way for the last three years and maybe years before that. So it can create pressure. But it's OK—I'd rather it was that way."
Will Andy Murray Continue His Title Defense?
Murray, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, continues his bid at a successful title defense on Friday.
The No. 3 seed has fared very well on Centre Court thus far, as he dismantled Blaz Rola in three sets during Round 2. The way Murray was playing, Rola was lucky to come away having won a mere two games.
A great combination of serves and rallies led Murray to his Round 2 win. He tallied seven aces, won 79 percent of his first-serve points, 13-of-17 net points, 67 percent of medium rallies and 53 percent of his first-serve return points.
Murray's prowess only allowed his opponent to tally 10 winners and left the match with 27 unforced errors.
That's the definition of domination. Tennis Now seemed to agree:
After the match, Murray reflected on his performance and compared it to his showing at Roland Garros during a press conference, via Kate Battersby of Wimbledon.com:
I wanted to make sure that when I was on top I finished the sets off. It helps not to have expended too much energy.
At the French Open, some of the matches where I was ahead, I didn't finish the sets as fast as I would have liked. I felt like that cost me a bit—not that I would necessarily have beaten Rafa [in the Roland Garros semifinal] if I'd played perfect—but there were a lot of long matches. If you can finish matches quickly it definitely helps in the long run.
You put in a lot of hours of hard work, and it hurts a lot of the time. So when you're in a position to win a match like this, you want to do it as quickly as possible.
Things look good for Murray to continue his trend, as his career record against Simon is 12-1. The only time Simon has gotten the better of the world No. 5 was in their first career match in 2007.
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