The 2014 edition of Wimbledon has started off usual enough. Outside of Victoria Azarenka's early exit, most of tennis' biggest stars have survived the early rounds at All England Club.
Day 6 just might reverse that trend.
The slate features a star-studded lineup including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, all of whom are expected to advance. But that doesn't necessarily mean they will. The level of competition is set to start rising as the players get closer to the final.
Here's a look at all the information you'll need to catch the action.
|Day||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|June 27||7 a.m.-5 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
If you don't have time to kick back and watch all of Wimbledon, here's a breakdown of the must-see matches that will highlight the day.
Rafael Nadal vs. Mikhail Kukushkin
It would appear that Rafael Nadal can now exhale. As he headed into his second-round matchup with Lukas Rosol, the dominant storyline was the Spanish star's upset loss to his Czech opponent in the second round in 2012.
It appeared that history might repeat itself when Rosol stormed out of the gates to take the first set 6-4. With 11 aces in the set, it appeared as though he was ready to once again upset the world No. 1.
There's a reason that Nadal is the top-ranked player in the world, though. Rosol's heroics only extended to the second set, where he couldn't finish the deal on a tiebreaker to take another set.
Now, Nadal must refocus and regroup to take on an opponent who has looked even better than Rosol up to this point. As this highlight that Wimbledon tweeted shows, Nadal is looking up to the task:
Kukushkin has earned straight-set victories over his first two opponents. Nadal should still be expected to win, but after dropping a set in each of his first two matches, he's far from invincible.
Serena Williams vs. Alize Cornet
Speaking of players who are out for redemption, Serena Williams has been on the warpath at Wimbledon once again.
Just weeks after her stunning upset in Round 2 of the French Open, she has laid waste to her opponents on the grass of All England Club. She has earned straight-set victories in her first two matches, and they weren't even close.
Despite the impressive results, Williams still doesn't feel completely up to form quite yet, per ESPN.com:
I felt OK today... I just had a goal and trying to do better each day. ... You know, I don't want to feel great necessarily right now because hopefully I have several more matches I can play. But the goal for me is just to feel a little better every day.
However, she'll be facing a true step up in competition in Round 3. Alize Cornet will be the highest-ranked opponent (No. 25) Williams has seen since battling Sara Errani in Rome back in May. The 24-year-old has seen her ranking rise over the last three years, and a win over Serena would propel her further into stardom.
Ana Ivanovic vs. Sabine Lisicki
If you're looking for the most intriguing match of Day 6, look no further than the duel between Ana Ivanovic and Sabine Lisicki. Wimbledon notes that the match will be the second to take place on the No. 1 court:
Order of Play June 28 No.1 Court Serena vs Cornet Ivanovic vs Lisicki Wawrinka vs Istomin No.2 Court Raonic vs Kubot Halep vs Bencic— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2014
Both ladies are ranked in the top 20. Ivanovic is currently No. 11, while Lisicki sits at No. 19. However, her ascension up the rankings has been halted by her inability to beat top competition:
Sabine #Lisicki is on a 9-match losing streak vs Top-30 players— KleineBiere (@StatsWTA) June 27, 2014
The winner of this closely contested battle should have a fairly clear path to the quarterfinals. She'll take on the winner of Madison Keys vs. Yaroslava Shvedova to advance and should be considered the favorite.