Wimbledon 2013: Day 6 preview

June 29, 2013 · Print This Article

by: Tom Cochrane

Andy Murray’s charge towards a maiden Wimbledon title continued to gain momentum on Day 5, the Scot taking down Tommy Robredo in straight sets under the roof on Centre Court.

Day 5 Recap

Murray breezed through the opening set against Robredo, who was playing his first ever match on an indoor grass court. The Spaniard found his feet towards the end of the second set and served particularly well in the third set, but Murray got the decisive break late in the third to seal an impressive victory.

In other men’s matches on Day 5, Pole Jerzy Janowicz upset Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets, whilst there was better news for Almagro’s countryman David Ferrer, the fourth seed progressing against yet another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut. In a match held over from Day 4, Grega Zemlja outlasted Grigor Dimitrov 11-9 in the fifth set, as Tommy Haas and Alexandr Dolgopolov progressed and Jurgen Melzer ended the Ukrainian Stakhovsky’s dream run.

In the women’s tournament, local lass Laura Robson set up a third round clash with the New Zealander Erakovic by beating the qualifier Duque-Marino. The biggest casualty on Day 5was last year’s semi-finalist and seventh seed Angelique Kerber, who was upset by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi. Also exiting the tournament was French seed Alize Cornet, who went down to Flavia Pennetta. Among the seeds to progress, however, was former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli.

Matches of the Day – Day 6

1. Richard Gasquet vs. Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic has had a lot of success at the All England Club in the past, with the Aussie a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist. Tomic frustrates a lot of players, particularly on grass, with his variety of unorthodox strokes, but I think Tomic will find it much harder to frustrate Gasquet today, who is an accomplished grass-court player and a former Wimbledon semi-finalist.

Ninth seeded Gasquet has had a good 2013 to date and I think he will be ready for the challenge of playing Tomic. Tomic has recorded some good wins over Querrey and Blake at the tournament this year, but I’m backing Gasquet to end the Aussie’s run. Gasquet in 4.

2. Sabine Lisicki vs. Sam Stosur

This is an intriguing match-up, pitting Sabine Lisicki, a proven grass-court player, against fellow seed Sam Stosur, who, like Lisicki, has a powerful serve and forehand combination but who, unlike Lisicki, strangely has never been able to harness her strengths on the grass at the All England Club.

If this pair were playing on another surface, I’d back Stosur to come out on top. But the fourteenth seed has a poor record at Wimbledon and this is something that has to play on a player’s mind, particularly as they get older. I’ll take the German to move through in a close one. Lisicki in 3.

3. Novak Djokovic vs. Jeremy Chardy

Top seed Novak Djokovic has looked solid in the opening couple of matches, but no doubt the world number one will be looking to step up a couple of gears as the tournament moves into its second week.

Djokvoic faces a dangerous opponent today in Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who has recorded some fine wins in the last 12 months, including over the likes of Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro. Chardy will come out swinging in this one, but I expect Djokovic to roll through this match without too much trouble. Djokovic in 3.

4. Kevin Anderson vs. Tomas Berdych

Fresh from seeing off the big-serving German Daniel Brands, seventh seed Tomas Berdych faces another big-serving opponent today, South African Kevin Anderson. Former Wimbledon finalist Berdych will need to bring his best return game today, since breaking the Anderson serve is extremely difficult to do.

From the back of the court, Berdych should have a significant advantage and he will be looking to make Anderson hit as many balls in his service games as possible. If he can break down the Anderson serve and serve well himself, I think Berdych will prevail, but this is a danger match for the Czech star. Berdych in 4.

5. Serena Williams vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm

At 31, Serena Williams is a veteran of the WTA Tour who is normally facing players much younger than herself. Today, however, the American superstar squares off against 42 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm, who returned to the tour several years ago after a 12 year absence.

A semi-finalist at the All England Club way back in 1996, Date-Krumm has always been a very solid grass-court player, and she will look to engage Williams in long rallies out there today. I don’t think the Japanese veteran will be able to dictate much of the play, though – when Williams serves and returns well, her opponent gets very little say in the rallies. Williams in 2.

Put your house on: Serena Williams to overwhelm Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm by virtue of her power game, as previewed above.

Upset alert: Feliciano Lopez, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist on multiple occasions and a recent winner at Eastbourne, has a good chance of pushing thirteenth seed Tommy Haas when the pair clash today.

Likely to go the distance: I suspect young American Madison Keys will challenge last year’s finalist Agnieszka Radwanska. I think the Pole will be too strong down the stretch, but Keys should put up a good fight.

That’s it for today. Enjoy the tennis and I’ll be back with another serve tomorrow. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter: @satelliteserve.

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