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Five to follow on Day Seven

Fans await entry into the grounds of the All England Lawn & Tennis Club on Day Six of the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Monday 1 July 2013

Need cheering up on your Monday morning? How about a line-up as good as they come for The Championships 2013, with all fourth-round matches on the schedule - eight men's and eight women's - in singles in a schedule bursting with too many options to choose from. While every match is a must-see, we break down the ones with the most interesting storylines on Day Seven of Wimbledon.

Serena Faces Her Biggest Test
There are a handful of names that could still challenge world No.1 and defending champion Serena Williams at Wimbledon this year, and one of them is Sabine Lisicki, who she faces in the opening match on Centre Court. Lisicki has an affection for the grass courts at the All England Club, owning a 16-4 career record here and making the quarter-finals three times, including the semi-finals in 2011. What does Sabine have that can damage Serena's hold on women's tennis? The 23-year-old packs massive firepower off the ground and - if she serves well - can keep Serena on her back foot on the slick stuff. But, it must be noted, should Sabine be off, Serena could roll through into the quarter-finals with relative ease.

Djokovic Can't Look Past Haas
Who has a 2-0 record against Novak Djokovic on grass? That would be Tommy Haas, the resurgent 35-year-old from Germany, who presents a similar test that Serena faces with Sabine in round four. Djokovic leads their head-to-head 5-3, including a win over Haas in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros in early June. But Haas held form in Miami in March, beating Djokovic in straight sets and exhibiting the kind of laser-dangerous, hard-hitting tennis that can break down the world No.1's game. Like his countrywoman, Lisicki, Tommy will need an on day on Centre Court and a little bit of give from his top-ranked opponent.

Full Steam Ahead: Laura's Rob-ortunity
Can Laura Robson keep a nation on the edge of its seat? She'll certainly try in a battle on No.1 Court against Kaia Kanepi, the strong-armed Estonian who has made a comeback on the lawns at Wimbledon. Kanepi is no easy task for the 19-year-old Londoner, as she made the quarterfinals here in 2010 and was points away from winning before going down to Petra Kvitova. Kanepi, ranked No.46, has been ranked as high as No.15 in the world and has three other Grand Slam quarter-finals to her name, including two at Roland Garros and one at the US Open. A cake-walk for Robson? Not exactly. But should she win Monday, she could possibly face Serena in what British fans and the tennis public would see as a blockbuster showdown.

Another Outside Court Dream
Don't have a Show Court ticket? Love action on the smaller courts at a big event? Monday is the day for you. Petra Kvitova, Li Na and Fernando Verdasco all are in action on No.3 Court while Jerzy Janowicz opens play on Court 12 against Jurgen Melzer before Marion Bartoli takes to the court and James Blake, Kyle Edmund and Eugenie Bouchard are all in action in doubles. And let's not forget my personal favourite, Court 18, Flavia Pennetta and Kirsten Flipkens do battle for a quarter-final spot before youngsters Monica Puig and Sloane Stephens do the same.

Week Two, Let Thee Begin
After a day of rest on Middle Sunday, let the second week of Wimbledon begin. Monday marks that beginning, and with is a "new tournament" of sorts, many say. The women's quarterfinals will all be played the following day, on Tuesday, before the men take up the schedule on Wednesday. Gentlemen's and ladies' doubles, as well as mixed doubles and the junior events are all set to narrow their fields as the week goes on. It begs one final question: Is there anything better than the second week of Wimbledon?


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