The third round is underway at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, and it continues into Saturday with many of the top players on the planet taking to the grass courts of the All England Club with everything on the line.
While we haven't seen the early turmoil for elite contenders like there was in Roland Garros at the French Open, some notable players like No. 2 seed women's contender Li Na have gone down in the opening days. As the action continues to increase in quality by the round, seeded players will start to face off against one another and the competition will get higher and higher.
Let's break down everything you need to know for Day 6 at the All England Club.
Day 6 Schedule
|Wimbledon TV Schedule: Day 6|
|Sat., June 28||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Third-Round Action||ESPN|
Live Stream: Day 6 action will be online on WatchESPN.
Note: The complete order of play can be found at Wimbledon.com.
Day 6 Predictions
Mikhail Kukushkin vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal
Despite coming off his ninth French Open victory, Rafael Nadal garnered the No. 2 seed and a tough early draw that ended up giving him just the third-best odds to win the tournament, per Odds Shark.
He's been far from convincing thus far, but through two four-set victories in his first two matches, he's proven that an early exit just isn't in the cards this year. Nadal will be around when the tournament reaches its final days.
Nadal has struggled on grass at times in recent years, and that's been a big part of his shortcomings at Wimbledon in recent years. But he's feeling better than ever about his grass game after a four-set victory over Lukas Rosol:
His opponent in this third round affair is Mikhail Kukushkin, who has turned heads in his opening two matches with two straight-set victories. But he's 0-of-2 for his career against the Spanish great, who has proven in his first two matches that even if he's not at his best, he's better than just about anybody.
After slipping early against opponents No. 1 and 2 at Wimbledon, Nadal will be hungry from the get-go to wrap this one up in straight sets.
Prediction: Nadal in three sets
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 25 Alize Cornet
Serena Williams may not be to the All England Club what Nadal is to Roland Garros—she has some pretty elite company in that regard. But for current players in the women's game, Williams is the one to fear not only at Wimbledon, but any Grand Slam.
She's proven why in the early goings in 2014. After winning easily over Anna Tatishvili 6-1, 6-2 in her opener, Williams dominated Chanelle Scheepers in a 6-1, 6-1 victory that only took 49 minutes.
Williams will face by far her toughest opponent yet in 25th-seeded Alize Cornet, who has been far from impressive despite her two early victories. She was taken to three sets in both of them.
While she sputtered to an early exit at the French Open, Williams is back in her comfort zone at Wimbledon—where she has her sights set on her sixth trophy there. A tricky quarter of the draw might do her in, but it won't come against Cornet, who will be overmatched from the start.
Prediction: Williams in two sets
Santiago Giraldo vs. No. 4 Roger Federer
If Williams is in her comfort zone at Wimbledon, you could go as far as to say that Roger Federer is in his natural habitat at the All England Club.
With seven victories at Wimbledon, Federer leads everyone in the Open Era. With one more, he would surpass both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as the only player to ever hoist eight trophies at the All England Club.
However, he'll have to shake recent history to do so. Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title since his 2012 Wimbledon, meaning he will surpass two years without a major for the first time in his career if he fails to win this year.
He has his work cut out for him in the latter rounds but don't expect Santiago Giraldo to stand in his way. He was just taken to five sets by Marcel Granollers in a match that carried on into Friday, meaning he may still be recovering from that marathon.
Prediction: Federer in four sets
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