Wednesday 18 October 2017 / 09:04 AM

WIMBLEDON WRAP: EPIC SHOWDOWNS TO KICK OFF WEEK 2

All of the big name stars are set to continue their Wimbledon campaigns today to kick off the second week of action after the middle Sunday break.

Top men’s seeds Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will all feature in Monday’s order of play, while World No. 1 Angelique Kerber will headline the women’s field, as she takes on 14th seed Garbine Muguruza in what is set to be one of several blockbuster showdowns scheduled for Monday.

Murray survived a scare against the fiery Fabio Fognini to set up his fourth round clash with Benoit Paire. The Frenchman is unseeded but he can never be underestimated as his unorthodox style of play is renowned for causing even the top seeds trouble. They have met once before, with Murray narrowly winning that battle 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 at the Monte Carlo Masters last year.

Roger Federer will meet Grigor Dimitrov in another epic clash scheduled for day seven. Dimitrov, particularly in his earlier years, was often referred to as a baby Fed, although he has never managed to upset the World No. 3 in five meetings. This will be their first match on the grass surface.

Rafael Nadal is preparing to take on 16th ranked Gilles Muller who is enjoying a career best run at the Championships. Muller has only ever advanced beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam once before and that was back at the 2008 US Open. However he does boast the 2005 upset against Nadal and he is hoping his old-school serve and volley style can once again rattle the Spaniard.

“I’ve got good memories facing Rafa here,” Muller said. “The first time I played him here I beat him, Second time I lost in three sets, but I had a set point in the first set and was up a mini-break in the second set (tiebreak).

“It’s true I beat him in 2005 but he’s improved a little bit on grass since then. He’s won the title twice.”

Novak Djokovic will continue his quest for a fourth Wimbledon title against Adrian Mannarino. The pair met at the Championships last year and Djokovic was successful in straight sets 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

Sixth ranked Milos Raonic is also in action on Monday as he takes on the rapidly rising Alexander Zverev. Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem will battle it out, while Marin Cilic is set for a challenge against Roberto Bautista Agut, fresh off his upset against Kei Nishikori.

Similar to the men’s draw, a number of thrilling contests are scheduled in the women’s field. Kerber and Muguruza kick off the day’s play on No. 2 court and they will be followed by the showdown between Simona Halep and a resurgent Victoria Azarenka. Venus Williams will meet Ana Konjuh, after the 27th seed upset pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.

Johanna Konta recovered from her marathon battle with Donna Vekic, easing to a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Maria Sakkari to set up her fourth round meeting with Caroline Garcia. Agnieszka Radwanska has her work cut out against seventh ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is also a three time Wimbledon quarterfinalist. That match will be followed by Caroline Wozniacki up against the fiery Coco Vandeweghe.

AUSSIE TRACKER

No Australian players remain in singles action in the second week, after Arina Rodionova crashed out to Zarina Diyas.

DAY 6 UPSETS – Top seeds who bundled out:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) lost to Sam Querrey (24) – 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 5-7

David Ferrer lost to Tomas Berdych (11) – 3-6, 4-6, 3-6

Gael Monfils (15) lost to Adrian Mannarino – 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 2-6

Kei Nishikori (9) lost to Roberto Bautista Agut (18) – 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 3-6

Day 7 schedule:

CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Ana Konjuh (CRO) [27] v Venus Williams (USA) [10]
  2. Andy Murray (GBR) [1] v Benoit Paire (FRA)
  3. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [13] v Roger Federer (SUI) [3]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Johanna Konta (GBR) [6] v Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]
  2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] v Gilles Muller (LUX) [16]
  3. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [14]
  2. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Simona Halep (ROU) [2]
  3. Milos Raonic (CAN) [6] v Alexander Zverev (GER) [10]
  4. Marcus Daniell (NZL) / Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) v Ken Skupski (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR)

NO.3 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [9] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [7]
  2. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [24] v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5]
  3. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [11]

COURT 12 – 11:30AM

  1. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [13] v Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4]
  2. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [18] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]
  3. Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Franko Skugor (CRO) v Sam Groth (AUS) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 18 – 11:30AM

  1. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Petra Martic (CRO)
  2. Sam Querrey (USA) [24] v Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  3. Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Max Mirnyi (BLR) v Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Artem Sitak (NZL)

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