Wimbledon 2014: Updated Draw and Predictions for Day 7 at All England Club

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia clutches his shoulder which he injured after a fall during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Gilles Simon of France on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

 

Updated Draws

Updated Gentlemen's Singles Draw
RoundOpponents
ThirdNo.5 Stan Wawrinkavs.Denis Istomin
ThirdNo. 19 Feliciano Lopezvs.No. 9 John Isner
ThirdSimone Bolellivs.No. 10 Kei Nishikori
Round of 16No. 1 Novak Djokovicvs.No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Round of 16Jeremy Chardyvs.Marin Cilic
Round of 16No. 3 Andy Murrayvs.No. 20 Kevin Anderson
Round of 16No. 11 Grigor Dimitrovvs.Leonardo Mayer
Round of 16No. 23 Tommy Robredovs.No. 4 Roger Federer
Round of 16No. 8 Milos Raonicvs.Bolelli/Nishikori
Round of 16Nick Kyrgiosvs.No. 2 Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon.com
Updated Ladies' Singles Draw
RoundDayOpponents
Third RoundNo. 11 Ana Ivanovicvs.No. 19 Sabine Lisicki
Third RoundMadison Keysvs.Yaroslava Shvedova
Round of 16No. 25 Alize Cornetvs.No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard
Round of 16No. 9 Angelique Kerbervs.No. 5 Maria Sharapova
Round of 16No. 3 Simona Halepvs.Zarina Diyas
Round of 16Tereza Smitkovavs.No. 23 Lucie Safarova
Round of 16No. 22 Ekaterina Makarovavs.No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska
Round of 16No. 6 Petra Kvitovavs.Shuai Peng
Round of 16No. 16 Caroline Wozniackivs.Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Wimbledon.com

Note: You can view the full gentlemen's singles draw and ladies' singles draw on Wimbledon's official site.

 

Day 7 Predictions

No. 25 Alize Cornet vs. No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her Ladies' Singles second round match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon
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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

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in action during the Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Jimmy Wang of Chinese Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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.

Sang Tan/Associated Press

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