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Wimbledon Day 5 Marquee Matches

Day 4 Recap

— The day’s biggest news was Dustin Brown’s upset of Rafael Nadal in the second round. This loss marks the fourth time in as many years that Nadal has been beaten at Wimbledon by a player ranked 100 or lower. Consequently, the defeat brings up the larger question of whether or not Nadal will return to championship form—he is at his lowest ranking in a decade and has had various injuries. He admitted that he was unsure of his ability to get back to his previous level of play.

— Roger Federer breezed through Sam Querry in straight sets. Andy Murray, Petra Kvitova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych also won in straight sets.

— Kristyna Pliskova upset women’s 25th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

Day 5 Marquee Matches

TENNIS: JUN 29 Wimbledon

Marin Cilic (9) vs. John Isner (17)

Both Cilic and Isner are big servers and this match will likely be decided by a few breaks of serve. Cilic has the higher ranking and is the reigning U.S. Open champion. However Cilic has been tested far more than Isner—he played and narrowly won a five setter against Ricardas Berankis in the second round. Isner has cruised, winning both of his matches in straight sets. Cilic is a far more versatile player but Isner could have several opportunities to take control of the match.

Prediction: Cilic in four

 

Nick Kyrgios (26) vs. Milos Raonic (7)

Kyrgios will take on Raonic for a place in the fourth round in a matchup of last year’s quarterfinal. Raonic won that contest and finished a semifinalist with a loss to Roger Federer. Raonic has been a top player for some time but Kyrgios has improved markedly over the past year having added another Grand Slam quarterfinal and a win over Federer to his burgeoning resume.

Now a solid top-30 player, Kyrgios is a legitimate contender and could use his explosive serve and forehand to take the match from Raonic. Raonic is also a power player, and this match is sure to be a display of strength.

Prediction: Kyrgios in five

 

Caroline Wozniacki (5) vs. Camila Giorgi (31)

Wimbledon historically is Wozniacki’s worst Grand Slam. She has advanced to the fourth round four times but never beyond. She, like Giorgi, has cruised this week, winning both matches in straight sets. A solid win would be a big stepping-stone for Wozniacki—it would give her confidence in the second week and could help carry her to her best Wimbledon finish. Giorgi is an established player and will put up a fight.

Prediction: Wozniacki in three

 

Grigor Dimitrov (11) vs. Richard Gasquet (21)

This third round match will present the first challenge of Wimbledon for both Dimitrov and Gasquet—neither player has lost a set at All England Club this week.

Both players are also former Wimbledon semifinalists and hit some of the best one-handed backhands in the men’s game. This match will feature more slice, net play and creative angles than a power matchup like Kyrgios v. Raonic. Dimitrov has been close to a breakthrough and seems on track to have a great Wimbledon.

Prediction: Dimitrov in four

 

Venus Williams (16) vs. Aleksandra Krunic

After a few years battling injuries and a sinking ranking, Venus Williams is back in the world’s top-20 players. She has yet to drop a set and will likely breeze through her match with Krunic, the world’s 82nd ranked player. This match is notable because it could set the stage for a meeting between the Williams sisters in the fourth round should they both win.

Prediction: Williams in straight sets





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