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Terrific Tuesday: Matches to Watch on a Packed Day 8

by Nicholas McCarvel
Tuesday 1 July 2014

Unexpected rains on Monday means more tennis to be had on the second Tuesday at The Championships than we’ve seen in years, featuring quarter-final and fourth-round matches. Here’s a selection of what to keep an eye out for.

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Whether the weather, Wimbledon moves on. On Tuesday The Championships moves towards its business end after two days doused with rain at SW19. Two ladies’ quarter-final matches will take place, as well as sixth other fourth-round matches. We preview them here.

[5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) v [9] Angelique Kerber (GER)
Centre Court, 1pm – Fourth round

Held over from Monday, the winner of this match will want to do so quickly as Genie Bouchard has an extra day of rest leading up to Wednesday’s quarter-final. With Serena Williams out of the tournament, many have seemingly handed the title to 2004 champion 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 in 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.

[4] Roger Federer (SUI) v [23] Tommy Robredo (ESP)
No.1 Court, 1pm – Fourth round
 
It was a perfect 10 (matches) for Federer vs. Robredo before the Spaniard ended that streak in dramatic fashion at the US Open, Robredo winning a fourth-round clash in straight sets to prevent Federer from meeting Rafael Nadal. They’ve never played on grass, however, a surface that should give the seven-time Wimbledon winner the upper hand on Tuesday. It’s been a lucky No.13 for Robredo, who had never been past the third round here in 12 prior appearances. He needed five sets to get through 2013 semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz on Saturday, meaning Federer should be the fresher of the two.

[8] Milos Raonic (CAN) v [10] Kei Nishikori (JPN)
No.3 Court, Second after 11.30am – Fourth round

Two of men’s tennis’ up-and-comers square off in this Round of 16 meeting, Nishikori owning a 2-0 record against the big-serving Canadian. But the Japanese No.1 is admittedly still getting used to grass while Raonic can deliver bombs that carry him into a tiebreak set in and set out. Nishikori could be spent from a five-setter that began on Saturday and finished yesterday afternoon (though just four games were played on Monday), although he has said he feels fit and ready to play on Tuesday. Should Nishikori win one of the first two sets, he’ll dig in with conviction, though Raonic will look to hit his way into a quarter-final berth.

[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Centre Court, Second after 1pm – Fourth round

Two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal gets an on-fire wild card in the Australian Kyrgios, who used a come-from-behind win in the second round (he saved nine match points against Richard Gasquet) to buoy him in a four-set effort against fellow youngster Jiri Vesely. But a fourth-round encounter with Nadal on Centre Court will be a whole new level for the 19-year -old, who joked to reporters on Saturday that he and the Spaniard have “14 majors between them.” (All of them belong to Nadal, of course.) But Kyrgios hasn’t made it this far without warrant, possessing a massive serve and a fearless game. Still, Nadal should sweep through into the quarter-finals with ease.

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

In a match held over from Monday, the Williams sisters are again scheduled as the last match of the day on No.1 Court. Week Two at Wimbledon is 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 here. The sisters struggled through their opening-round match, but should be in fine form against the unheralded Voegele/Barrois.

Ladies’ Quarter-finals
[23] Lucie Safarova (CZE) v [22] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
No.1 Court, Second after 1pm
Makarova scored one of the biggest wins of her career by knocking out No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska with ease on Monday. It’s hard to predict with these two: both are seasoned players, have big games and big potential, but often fail to deliver on the big stage. They’re tied 1-1 head-to-head.

[6] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
Centre Court, Third after 1pm

Along with Safarova, Kvitova and Zahlavova Strycova are the first Czech trio to make the quarter-finals of a Slam ever. At least one of them will advance to the semi-finals on Tuesday, Kvitova being the favourite having won here in 2011. Kvitova holds a 3-1 record against her smaller-built opponent, though Zahlavova Strycova has earned her trip to the final eight with wins over Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki.

Elsewhere
[19] Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
No.3 Court, 11.30am – Fourth round

The last time these two met was at the Olympics at the All England Club, Lisicki surviving 7-5 in the third set. The 2013 finalist has seemed to regain the form she had here a year ago, though Shvedova plays with a consistency and patience that none of Lisicki's opponents to date have managed to present. 

[3] Simona Halep (ROU) v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
No.2 Court, 11.30am – Fourth round

The Roland Garros finalist Halep is a heavy favourite here against the world No.72 who has beaten names like Carla Suarez Navarro and Vera Zvonareva to get to this point.

[5] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v [19] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
No.2 Court, Second after 11.30am – Fourth round

Wawrinka leads this head-to-head 3-2, though this pair has never met on grass. Lopez is 12-1 on this surface this season, including a convincing win over John Isner on Monday.

[1] Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) v [15] Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL)
Court 12, 11.30am – Third round

The top seeds and defending champions are back out on the court on Tuesday having won in straight sets between rain showers on Monday. They get doubles specialists Cabal and Matkowski, both veterans but a team that is playing for just the second time together.

[13] Bruno Soares (BRA)/Martina Hingis (SUI) v Nicholas Monroe (USA)/Zhang Shuai (CHN)
Court 12, Fourth after 11.30am – Second round

The mixed doubles draw gets into full swing on Tuesday, including No.13 seeds Soares/Hingis kicking off their campaign. They face Monroe/Zhang on what is an enticing line-up of matches on Court 12.

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