The ever-dwindling number of stars still alive at the All England Club will get a reprieve on Sunday, with play suspended on "Middle Sunday."
While most will make the most of their day off, others will be slightly concerned with a scheduling back up. Two matches were canceled on Saturday, with another three suspended due to darkness, per the Wimbledon official account:
Two singles cancellations for today: Isner v Lopez and Istomin v Wawrinka. #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2014
The match between Ivanovic and Lisicki has been suspended due to bad light at 1-all in the 2nd set, with Sabine up a set. #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2014
Play on Court 8 between Nishikori and Bolelli has been suspended due to bad light at 3-all in the 5th set. #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2014
Play has been suspended on Court 12 with Yaroslava Shvedova leading Madison Keys 7-6, 6-6 #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2014
Those matches will be completed on Monday, which leaves the winners in a tough position. They have little turnaround time between rounds, meaning they're at a severe disadvantage in the fourth round.
Here's a look at how each of the respective draws look after Saturday.
|Third||No.5 Stan Wawrinka||vs.||Denis Istomin|
|Third||No. 19 Feliciano Lopez||vs.||No. 9 John Isner|
|Third||Simone Bolelli||vs.||No. 10 Kei Nishikori|
|Round of 16||No. 1 Novak Djokovic||vs.||No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|
|Round of 16||Jeremy Chardy||vs.||Marin Cilic|
|Round of 16||No. 3 Andy Murray||vs.||No. 20 Kevin Anderson|
|Round of 16||No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov||vs.||Leonardo Mayer|
|Round of 16||No. 23 Tommy Robredo||vs.||No. 4 Roger Federer|
|Round of 16||No. 8 Milos Raonic||vs.||Bolelli/Nishikori|
|Round of 16||Nick Kyrgios||vs.||No. 2 Rafael Nadal|
|Third Round||No. 11 Ana Ivanovic||vs.||No. 19 Sabine Lisicki|
|Third Round||Madison Keys||vs.||Yaroslava Shvedova|
|Round of 16||No. 25 Alize Cornet||vs.||No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard|
|Round of 16||No. 9 Angelique Kerber||vs.||No. 5 Maria Sharapova|
|Round of 16||No. 3 Simona Halep||vs.||Zarina Diyas|
|Round of 16||Tereza Smitkova||vs.||No. 23 Lucie Safarova|
|Round of 16||No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova||vs.||No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska|
|Round of 16||No. 6 Petra Kvitova||vs.||Shuai Peng|
|Round of 16||No. 16 Caroline Wozniacki||vs.||Barbora Zahlavova Strycova|
Day 7 Predictions
No. 25 Alize Cornet vs. No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard
Alize Cornet provided the biggest surprise of the tournament, upsetting top seed Serena Williams in three sets. Normally when you drop the first set to Serena 1-6, that's all she wrote. Instead, Cornet recovered well in the second and sent the world's No. 1 packing.
For whatever reason, Cornet has Williams' number, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:
The French star has little time to smell the roses, with 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard waiting in the round of 16. The two have met once before, with Cornet winning in three sets at the 2013 Internationaux de Strasbourg.
This sounds extremely obvious and reductive, but the outcome of this match will hinge on who wins the first set.
Bouchard is such an aggressive player that if she gains the early advantage, she can dictate the pace of the match. She's also yet to lose a set at Wimbledon this year, which could come into play considering Cornet has gone the full three in each of her three wins.
Fatigue could become a problem for her if she digs herself in an early hole.
This match will be competitive until the final set, when Bouchard's sweltering style will wear down Cornet.
Prediction: Bouchard wins; 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Whatever advantage Jo-Wilfried Tsonga enjoyed over Novak Djokovic around 2008 and '09 has long since gone. The Frenchman won five of their first seven meetings. However, Djokovic has won 11 of the last 12, including the last nine in a row.
Even more worrying for Tsonga is that he's failed to take even a single set in his last seven matches against the Djoker.
The one possible opening for Tsonga is Djokovic's third-set fall against Gilles Simon on Friday. He landed awkwardly on his shoulder and needed four minutes to recover and return to the match.
Although Djokovic won the match, you wonder if the injury will become a problem on Monday. He spoke about the problem to BBC, via ATPWorldTour.com:
It was a sharp pain when I fell, an awkward fall. I was just hoping there is nothing going on with the joint, luckily there is no damage and I could play. The muscle was quite sore with the impact but I am just glad to get through. Now there are two days off and I am going to try and recover. I played well though I dropped a couple of service games. It could have gone either way in the third but in the important moments I came up with the right selection of shots.
If Djokovic is less than 100 percent, then perhaps Tsonga can take an early lead and pile some pressure upon the No. 2 player in the world. While Djokovic has a limitless tank of energy, he still has a penchant for getting frustrated late in matches in which he's losing. That frustration could lead to silly unforced errors.
More than likely, though, Tsonga will be out of this one early.
Prediction: Djokovic wins; 6-4, 6-2, 6-3