The second week of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships began in roughly the same fashion as the first.
Andy Murray continued to bulldoze his way through competitors and continues to look stronger with every passing match. A successful title defense could surely be in store. Also looking strong was No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, who advanced once more in straight sets.
We also saw plenty of Wimbledon's ongoing upsets.
No. 11 Ana Ivanovic, No. 9 John Isner, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 16 Caroline Wozniacki all fell during Day 7 action at the All England Club.
Although, there was one surprise. That would be the weather:
Play has been suspended on all courts due to rain #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 30, 2014
Many of Monday's matches will now be taking place on Tuesday. This gives us all the more reason to tune in for what's promising to be a drama-filled day of tennis.
To ensure not a single moment is missed, let's take a look at Wimbledon's full Day 8 schedule and overview of the action to come.
|Date||Time (ET)||Court||TV Info|
|Tue., July 1||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Centre Court||ESPN2|
|8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||Court One||ESPN|
|11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Court One||ESPNEWS|
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Order of Play: Wimbledon.com
Day 8 Outlook
Can Nadal Avoid Slow Start?
The No. 2 seed may have advanced to the round of 16, but through three matches, his first sets were hardly Nadal-like. In each of those contests, Nadal lost the first set only to come back and win the following three handily.
Nadal cannot afford a slow start against the up-and-coming Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday. A young, energetic player full of aggression like Kyrgios is highly unpredictable and can make even a wily veteran like Nadal pay for early errors.
Live Tennis begs the question:
The world No. 1 gave his thoughts on Kyrgios during an interview with ATPWorldTour.com: "Young players are very dangerous as they always have something special. They are able to play with no pressure. They are fresh. He has a great serve. He's an aggressive player."
Nadal's been aggressive and moving very well so far at Wimbledon; however, he must overcome his early struggles before finding stronger competition on the other side of the court.
Sharapova's Big Test
Due to Monday's rain-soaked courts, No. 5 Maria Sharapova will face No. 9 Angelique Kerber on Tuesday instead:
The 4th round clash between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber has been carried over until tomorrow #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 30, 2014
Sharapova has simply been steamrolling opponents through three rounds at Wimbledon. She's defeated three consecutive opponents in straight sets while dropping just a total of seven games in the process.
Her last win came against Alison Riske in Round 3. The American held a 3-1 advantage in the first set only to see the No. 5 seed come back and earn a match victory by winning the last 11 consecutive games.
Although, the No. 9 seed will be a formidable challenge.
Kerber is 7-1 so far during grass-court season, and she's looked strong of late, defeating No. 24 Kirsten Flipkens in three sets in the third round.
If Sharapova is to truly be the favorite through the remainder of the Wimbledon Championships, a strong showing against Kerber is a must.
Will Federer Remain Flawless?
Roger Federer may be the tournament's No. 4 seed, but he's playing like the favorite.
Through his first three matches, he has yet to drop a set, only dropping more than three games in a single set once.
Tennis Now tweeted another impressive Federer stat from Wimbledon:
Federer faces a tough challenge in Round 4, as he's slated to play No. 23 Tommy Robredo. Although the world No. 4 has a favorable 10-1 career record against the Spaniard, Robredo won their last meeting at the 2013 U.S. Open.
An experienced veteran, Federer remains ready for anything, according to his recent press conference, via Kate Battersby of Wimbledon.com:
It's important to be ready for anything. I didn't know until one minute before this match if it was going to be roof open or roof closed. It could have a big impact. Now I see Robredo [and Janowicz] might not finish, so I might play Tuesday. Just have to be ready for anything, that's the mindset you've got to have, really flexible. There are sections of the draw that have to play three straight days now. There could be 15 long sets, right there. These guys are all fit enough to handle it, but it can have an impact, no doubt.
Federer may be ready, but Robredo is looking to force the upset once again. This match just adds to the excitement that's about to take place in London on Tuesday.