Wimbledon Schedule 2010: Picking All 16 Third Round Matches

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IJune 24, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  John Isner of USA celebrates winning on the third day of his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London, England. The match is the longest in Grand Slam history.  (Photo by Dave Thompson-Pool/Getty Images)
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After a historic first four days at Wimbledon, which included the longest match ever played and the greatest player ever being pushed to the brink in his first two matches, what could the third round possibly have in store? Let's find out...

Roger Federer (1) def. Arnaud Clement

Previous performance hasn't seemed to matter in Federer's two hard-fought matches thus far, but he does lead Clement, 7-3, in 10 all-time meetings, including six straight victories, a win earlier this year on clay, and a 2-0 record on grass.

Feliciano Lopez (22) def. Jurgen Melzer (16)

This is a complete toss-up with Melzer holding a 3-2 advantage, but Lopez won the most recent meeting in Shanghai last year and his two victories have been more convincing than Melzer's three. In addition, the Spaniard has had more success at Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinals twice.

Tomas Berdych (12) def. Denis Istomin

Istomin rode the momentum from a good result at Eastbourne to an upset win over 20 seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round and another victory over Rainer Schuettler in the second, but Berdych reached the Round of 16 here last year and is coming off a semifinals appearance at the French.

Victor Hanescu (31) def. Daniel Brands

Brands is one of the unlikeliest players to advance to the third round, having entered this event with a 2-8 record in '10 and an 0-4 mark in Grand Slams. After upsetting seventh-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, I think the German's luck runs out here.

Novak Djokovic (3) def. Albert Montanes (28)

Djokovic is 3-0 against Montanes—all on clay—and the Serb is clearly the better grass-court player.

Gael Monfils (21) def. Lleyton Hewitt (15)

Monfils is 2-1 versus Hewitt, including a victory in their most recent meeting in China last year.

Florian Mayer def. Yen-Hsun Lu

Mayer actually reached the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut back in '04, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised by his success here. Lu, on the other hand, has advanced to only his second Round of 32 at a major and his first here. Their only meeting came way back in '03 in a non-Tour hardcourt event in New Caledonia, which Mayer won in straight sets.

Andy Roddick (5) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (29)

Roddick is 2-1 versus Kohlschreiber, but in their most recent meeting, the German knocked him out of the third round at the '08 Australian in a great match that ended 8-6 in the fifth. Still, the American has a far better track record on the grass of Wimbledon, having advanced three times to the finals, including last year.

Fabio Fognini def. Julien Benneteau (32)

Fognini, who upset eight-seed Fernando Verdasco in the first round, is playing great tennis this week.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) def. Tobias Kamke

Kamke will be playing in his first third-round match at a Grand Slam, while Tosonga is going for his second Round of 16 appearance in his past three tries at Wimbledon.

Sam Querrey (18) def. Xavier Malisse

Querrey defeated Malisse in straight sets in the quarterfinals at Queen's Club earlier this month en route to the title there.

Andy Murray (4) def. Gilles Simon (26)

Murray is 3-1 against Simon, having won the most recent three meetings, which all took place in '08.

Robin Soderling (6) def. Thomaz Bellucci (25)

Soderling reached the fourth round here last year, while Bellucci is playing in his first Wimbledon Round of 16.

David Ferrer (9) def. Jeremy Chardy

Chardy is 1-3 versus Ferrer, including a loss in Madrid this year.

Mikhail Youzhny (13) def. Thiemo de Bakker

Neither of these guys have played their second round matches yet, but I'm taking Youzhny over Paul-Henri Mathieu because he's 5-1 against him, and I'm taking de Bakker over American hero John Isner because I can't imagine the hard server having anything left after going a record 11 hours and three days in his epic first-round win. As for my predicted third-round matchup, I'll take Youzhny to reach his sixth Round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal (2) def. Philipp Petzschner (33)

Nadal is 2-0 versus Petzschner, including a straight-sets win in Montreal last year.

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