No matter what a player's goal was coming into the tournament, reaching the second week at Wimbledon is a big deal. There are 32 individuals looking to accomplish this feat in Day 6 at the All England Club.
With stars like Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer already going down in the earlier rounds in the men's bracket, as well as Li Na and Victoria Azarenka on the women's side, everyone has to be alert while avoiding an upset.
Still, there should be a number of exciting battles throughout the day. Here is a look at the upcoming schedule with predictions for the closest matches.
When: Saturday, June 26
Where: All England Club, London, England
TV: ESPN (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
|Court||Time (Local)||Draw||Matchup||Predicted Winner|
|Centre Court||1 p.m.||Men's||Mikhail Kukushkin vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal||Nadal|
|Centre Court||2nd match||Women's||Alison Riske vs. No. 5 Maria Sharapova||Sharapova|
|Centre Court||3rd match||Men's||Santiago Giraldo vs. No. 4 Roger Federer||Federer|
|No. 1 Court||1 p.m.||Women's||No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 25 Alize Cornet||Williams|
|No. 1 Court||2nd match||Women's||No. 11 Ana Ivanovic vs. No. 19 Sabine Lisicki||Lisicki|
|No. 1 Court||3rd match||Men's||No. 5 Stan Wawrinka vs. Denis Istomin||Wawrinka|
|No. 2 Court||11:30 a.m.||Men's||No. 8 Milos Raonic vs. Lukasz Kubot||Raonic|
|No. 2 Court||2nd match||Women's||No. 3 Simona Halep vs. Belinda Bencic||Halep|
|No. 3 court||11:30 a.m.||Women's||No. 20 Andrea Petkovic vs. No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard||Petkovic|
|No. 3 court||2nd match||Men's||No. 19 Feliciano Lopez vs. No. 9 John Isner||Isner|
|Court 12||2nd match (11:30 a.m.)||Women's||No. 9 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 24 Kirsten Flipkens||Flipkens|
|Court 12||3rd match||Men's||No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz vs. No. 23 Tommy Robredo||Robredo|
|Court 18||11:30 a.m.||Women's||Vera Zvonareva vs. Zarina Diyas||Diyas|
|Court 18||2nd match||Men's||Simone Bolelli vs. No. 10 Kei Nishikori||Nishikori|
|Court 17||11:30 a.m.||Men's||Nick Kyrgios vs. Jiri Vesely||Vesely|
|Court 17||2nd match||Women's||Madison Keys vs. Yaroslava Shvedova||Keys|
Top Matches to Watch
Jerzy Janowicz vs. Tommy Robredo
Things have not been easy for Jerzy Janowicz as he looks to at least replicate his semifinal appearance from last year. He needed five sets to win each of his first two matches, including most recently in a tough battle against veteran Lleyton Hewitt.
After the win, Janowicz explained his excitement, via ATPWorldTour.com:
It's a really good win for me. I think Hewitt is a really dangerous player. Doesn't matter how old is he and doesn't matter his ranking, he's an extremely good player, especially on grass. I was a little bit unlucky in the third set tie-break. I took a small risk on the second serve when I had the first match point. I missed like by four centimeters, and the next match point he played winner down the line backhand exactly middle of the line. But luckily I played an unbelievable fifth set, and I'm really happy.
Of course, if it was so much of a struggle to beat Hewitt, things will be even tougher against another veteran in Tommy Robredo. The 32-year-old player has been impressive when healthy, something that has not been an issue so far this week.
Robredo has only dropped a single set in two matches against Lukas Lacko and Adrian Mannarino and has done a great job of succeeding with his first serve.
As long as he finds a way to keep this up, he should be able to pull the upset over the No. 15 seed.
Prediction: Robredo wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
John Isner vs. Feliciano Lopez
Every match with John Isner seems to go the same way: He is dominant on the serve but often struggles to break his opponent.
This is what made his opening match against Daniel Smethurst such a surprise, as noted by Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated:
Isner up two sets and a break. And, better still, he has yet to play a tiebreaker...— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) June 24, 2014
Isner made it through the first round without going to tiebreak but needed to win two of them to win his second round. One of the sets went as high as 19-17 before the American was able to come away with a win.
Despite this, he has won all six of his sets and is playing as well as ever to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time.
However, things will not be easy against Feliciano Lopez, who has been just as good with his serve in the first two rounds. He won 86 percent of his first serves in Round 1 before winning 88 percent of those points in Round 2.
This is the type of match that will go back and forth and last for more than a few hours. However, Isner has grown mentally and should be able to pull out a win.
Prediction: Isner wins 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 9-7.
Ana Ivanovic vs. Sabine Lisicki
This will be one of the top matches of the day as Ana Ivanovic and Sabine Lisicki meet each other in a contest that could easily take place in the semifinals.
Lisicki has been especially impressive on grass, moving to 21-5 at Wimbledon in her career. However, Ivanovic is far from her peak, but she has been solid in recent years.
Nick Bollettieri of The Independent broke down a major key between the two sides that will help decide the match:
The key here is for Ivanovic to try and keep Lisicki on the court. The longer the rallies the more likely it is that Lisicki will make a mistake and one of those smashing forehands will go long or wide. It is crucial for Sabine that her serve holds up, she gets that first serve firing and so wins points quickly – bang, bang, move on.
This will be tough to do for Ivanovic because Lisicki has been on her game lately. The only problem has been her serving accuracy, which dropped to 50 percent in her last match and led to five double faults.
Still, Lisicki's all-around game should be enough to edge her talented opponent in this match.
Prediction: Lisicki wins 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
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