Wimbledon 2013 – Day Four Preview

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Day four of Wimbledon has a long way to go if it is to even come close to the level of drama experienced on Day Three.

Surprise defeats for Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova in the second round and an unprecedented number of injury victims made the first Wednesday one of the most dramatic days ever seen at the All England Club.

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both out, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic knows if he stays solid he has an excellent chance of winning the title for the second time.

The Serb is last on Centre Court and will be playing world number 156 Bobby Reynolds of the USA.

Nobody is expecting Djokovic to have much trouble with Reynolds, but recent happenings in SW19 show that no seed is safe from an upset.

Djokovic’s match follows Juan Martin del Potro’s meeting with Canadian Jessie Levine and women’s fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska’s tie with unseeded Mathilde Johansson of France.

Radwanska is the closest seed to Serena Williams left in the draw after Maria Sharapova’s shock defeat and Victoria Azarenka’s injury withdrawal on Day Three.

It was always going to be tough for the other players to stop Williams winning a sixth title, as she is on a 32-match winning streak, but two of her biggest rivals exiting early have improved her chances vastly.

World number 100 Caroline Garcia is the woman given the task of halting the defending champion’s charge on the second round and is first up on No.1 Court.

Richard Gasquet is second on No.1 Court and the ninth seed will be pitted against Go Soeda of Japan, the world number 129 who has never gone further than the second round at the All England Club.

Fourth seed David Ferrer will round off the day’s play on the second show court against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Laura Robson will play her second round match last up on Court Two against qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino from Colombia.

Great Britain’s great hope for women’s tennis had a fantastic win over tenth seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round, but she will have to deal with her opponent being the underdog this time around.

Australian Bernard Tomic is set to face USA’s James Blake in second round on Court 18, but he pulled out of his doubles match on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury and his continued participation in the singles is in doubt.

David Ferrer
Agnieszka Radwanska
Serena Williams
Novak Djokovic
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