We're through the first week of play at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, and we've already seen some of tennis' most talented players suffer early exits from the tournament.
Well, that was just the beginning.
Day 7 at the prestigious All England Club figures to have more impact than any of the previous six due to the challenging matchups across the board as the round of 16 commences.
Will more of the world's top-ranked players fall on Monday, or will they survive and move on to the quarterfinals?
Be sure to tune in to find out.
|Date||Time (ET)||Event||TV Info|
|Mon., June 30||7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||Round of 16||ESPN|
|8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Centre Court||ESPN2|
|11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Round of 16||ESPNEWS|
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Order of Play: Wimbledon.com
Day 7 Outlook
Will Injury Scare Hinder Djokovic?
Novak Djokovic has been simply brilliant during this year's Wimbledon Championships. That brilliance was well on display during his three-set victory over Gilles Simon in Round 3.
His win wasn't without drama, however.
During the third set, the Serb fell to the ground awkwardly and rolled around, clutching his left shoulder. It was a scary moment, indeed.
Always the joker, Djokovic had this humorous comment, via Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:
"I talked with Boris, and we obviously need to work on my diving volleys." -Novak Djokovic, joking the pain away. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 27, 2014
The No. 1 seed gave an update on his situation during a press conference, via BBC Sport:
"It was obviously a scary fall. Luckily for me it only had a minor effect on the joint and the muscles around it and caused no significant damage. It's looking good."
His shoulder will get a big test against the strong-serving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday.
Djokovic spoke of his upcoming opponent during a press conference, via ATPWorldTour.com:
"I know what threat he can cause on this surface. I expect him to serve well. I think that's his advantage. Obviously the serve in any corner. Coming to the net, he's a very aggressive player. If he's on, if he feels good on the certain day, he can beat anybody really."
Sharapova to Remain New Favorite?
It almost seems like the French Open once again.
Rothenberg tweeted an interesting statistic regarding Sharapova and Williams:
Last three times Serena and Sharapova have been drawn into same quarter at a Slam, Serena hasn't made it that far. Coincidence? #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 28, 2014
Through three rounds, the No. 5 seed has dusted opponents, winning in straight sets in each match. However, she has a very difficult test coming up, as she is set to take on No. 9 Angelique Kerber on Monday.
After winning the final 11 games of her third-round match against Alison Riske, Sharapova was asked during a press conference if she has any on-court rituals, via Helen Gilbert of Wimbledon.com:
I think I always take a few seconds in between the points and go back and kind of fiddle around with my strings. I think it's always nice when you're in front of thousands of people, whether you're in a good moment or bad moment, to kind of gather your thoughts. That's sort of something I've done for a really long time. I keep doing it.
Perhaps that's played a part in her recent success.
Will Sharapova solidify herself as the tournament's favorite on Monday while getting into position to win yet another major? Stay tuned.
Murray Continues Title Defense
Andy Murray has been on an absolute tear so far at Wimbledon.
In three matches, the defending champion has yet to drop a set. He continues to flourish in all facets of the game, and that was reflected in his 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in Round 3.
ESPN Stats & Info notes Murray is no stranger to the fourth round at Wimbledon:
Andy Murray won in straight sets today. Murray advances to 4th round of Wimbledon for 8th straight year.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 27, 2014
Despite putting on a clinic so far in London, Murray will face a difficult test in No. 20 Kevin Anderson in the round of 16.
Anderson comes in to the match with a great deal of confidence after upsetting No. 16 Fabio Fognini in five sets in Round 3.
Murray spoke of his big-serving opponent during a press conference, via Sean Ingle of The Guardian:
He doesn't serve as big as Isner or Karlovic but he is probably better from the back of the court. He has a better return game too. There might be more chances to break but equally he will return better and make more balls when you are serving.
I would also say he is more mobile than Karlovic. Isner and Kevin both move well on the hard courts and I have played them both. But most of the big guys who play from the back of the court are pretty good movers.
Murray and Anderson are 1-1 in head-to-head matchups over their careers; however, they haven't faced each other since Anderson emerged victorious in Montreal back in 2011.
Can the No. 3 seed continue his brilliant run, or will the tough Anderson thwart his bid at back-to-back Wimbledon titles?
That's just another huge reason to tune in on Monday.