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Monster Monday: What to Watch on a Jam-Packed Day 7

by Nicholas McCarvel
Monday 30 June 2014

With rain pushing five third-round matches to Monday, the order of play for Day Seven is as packed as ever at The Championships. Here’s five – no, six! – matches to watch, plus a few extras you can’t miss on a manic day of tennis.

A day of rest gives way to a day of wall-to-wall tennis on Monday at The Championships as five third-round matches seek their conclusion after rains disrupted play for spells on Day Six. Eleven fourth-round matches will take place as well as player left in the singles draws take to the courts to earn a right in their respective next rounds. Below, a preview.

[25] Alize Cornet (FRA) v [13] Genie Bouchard (CAN)
Centre Court, 1pm – Fourth round

Alize Cornet caused the shock of the tournament on Saturday when she rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over top seed and five-time champion Serena Williams. She gets no reprieve in the fourth round, taking on a confident and assured Genie Bouchard, the No.13 seed who is just 20 but has made both major semi-finals so far this year. A winner of the junior event here in 2012, Bouchard has been a fast-rising star and will look for a letdown against Cornet, a perennial top 30 player who hasn’t made any big inroads at Grand Slams, and was 0-13 against top 10 players at majors prior to Saturday.  Cornet won their only meeting, last year on clay.

To finish: [19] Sabine Lisicki (GER) leads [11] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 6-4, 1-1
No.1 Court, 1pm – Third round

Lisicki and Ivanovic play one of two third-round women’s matches left over from Saturday, the 2013 finalist here holding a one-set advantage. The hard-hitting German dictated play in the first set against the former world No.1, who couldn’t match her opponent’s power on the show court. Players will resume Monday as the first match on, Ivanovic hoping that Lisicki will show up off form and Lisicki gunning for the opposite.

[3] Andy Murray (GBR) v [20] Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Centre Court, second after 1pm – Fourth round
It’s hard to argue that anyone has looked better than Andy Murray at these Championships so far – British or not British – the defending champion has dropped just 19 games in three three-set matches. He has a challenge in the six-foot-eight South African, one of the biggest servers in the men’s game who has slowly improved his ground game. These two have split their two previous meetings, meaning Anderson has the belief that he can handle Murray’s suffocating style. But the Dunblane native  will have all of Centre Court behind him, the kind of atmosphere that Anderson hasn’t thrived in in the past. 

[5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) v [9] Angelique Kerber (GER)
No.1 Court, third after 1pm – Fourth round

With Serena Williams out of the tournament, many have seemingly handed the title to 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, but the No.5 seed has a tough ask in the fourth round against the German lefty Kerber. These two have met five times, Sharapova getting the upper hand four of them, including their most recent encounter last year in Stuttgart on clay. But Kerber plays a never-say-die game, the 2012 semi-finalist here having the speed and the shots to stay with the best players. Sharapova has lost just seven games over six sets while Kerber has needed three sets in her last two encounters.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [14] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Centre Court, third after 1pm – Fourth round
Like Murray, Djokovic has looked in imperious form leading into the fourth round, withstanding a scary moment when he fell on his shoulder in the third round, only to come out of it okay. The 2011 Wimbledon champion gets fiery Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next, a player who he has a tepid 12-5 record against, but who hast lost eight straight matches (and 19 sets in a row) to the Serbian. Tsonga will have to arrive with his best tennis – notably his forehand – to overcome the top seed, Djokovic having won their fourth round tussle at the French Open going away.

[8] Serena and Venus Williams (USA) v Stefanie Voegele (SUI)/Kristina Barrois (GER)
No.1 Court, fourth after 1pm

The second week at Wimbledon will be without one of the Williams sisters in singles for the first time since 2006, but Venus and Serena will remain at SW19 for doubles, where they have won five times, most recently in 2012, when they last played. The sisters struggled through their opening-round match, but should be in fine form against the unheralded Voegele/Barrois.

Plus

[5] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Denis Istomin (UZB)
No.2 Court, 11.30am – Third round
Before last week Wawrinka had won just one match here in four year, including a five-set loss to Istomin in 2010 in the first round. This is a match held over from Friday, and the Australian Open champion will want to get the upper hand early to avoid the upset. 

[9] John Isner (USA) v [19] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
No.3 Court, 11:30am – Third round
Despite his booming serve the American Isner has never been this far at Wimbledon. He plays Lopez, a Spaniard who has been to the quarter-finals here three times, and a player who has won 11 of 12 grass court matches this season, making the final at Queen’s and winning Eastbourne. 

[4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v [22] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
No.3 Court, Second after 11.30am – Fourth round
Radwanska has won three of four meetings, though the Russian No.22 is always dangerous, having beaten the Pole at the US Open last year.

[6] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Peng Shuai (CHN)
No.2 Court, Second after 11.30am – Fourth round

Will Kvitova have a letdown after her massive win over Venus Williams? The 2011 Wimbledon champ is known for her inconsistencies, but plays an opponent in Peng who she’s beat four times in four tries.

[16] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
Court 12, Second after 11.30am – Fourth round

Wozniacki looks to continue her best-ever run at Wimbledon, Zahlavova Strycova helping that with an upset over Li Na in the third round. The Dane leads this head-to-head 3-0, not having dropped a set.

Other notable matches to take in:
To finish: Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) leads Madison Keys (USA) 7-6(), 6-6
Court 12, 11.30am – Third round

[11] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
No.1 Court, second after 1pm – Fourth round

[10] Jamie Murray (GBR)/Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Jesse Huta Galung (NED)/Andreja Klepac (SLO)

Court 12, Sixth after 11.30am

Tereza Smitkova (CZE) v [23] Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Court 18, 11.30am – Fourth round

[26] Marin Cilic (CRO) v  Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

Court 18, Second after 11.30am – Fourth round

To finish: [10] Kei Nishikori (JPN) is tied with Simone Bolelli (ITA) 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), 3-3
Court 8, 11.30am – Third round

[1] Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)/Igor Sijsling (NED)

Court 17, Second after 11.30am

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