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Wimbledon 2013 – Day Five preview

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Great Britain’s Laura Robson will open proceedings on Centre Court on Day Five of Wimbledon 2013 and will be followed later in the day by compatriot Andy Murray.

Murray is last up on the main court on a day where the roof is expected to be called into action, as a day of showers has been predicted.

The number two seed faces Spaniard Tommy Robredo for a place in the fourth round – a match he is expected to win, but is unlikely to do so simply.

Murray has refused to look past his next match in SW19 after seeing fellow seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer suffer shock defeats in the first two rounds and the Scot will be wary of Robredo, who is an experienced player and could cause him problems.

Meanwhile, Robson will be playing her second round tie against Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino, after rain in the early evening on Day Four meant their match – last up on Court Two – could not even start.

Murray’s and Robson’s matches will sandwich the meeting between 15th seed Nicolas Almagro and 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz.

Spaniard Almagro is the highest seed left in Murray’s side of the draw, but young Pole Janowicz is making steady progress up the rankings this year and has some big weapons especially suited to grass.

No.1 Court opens with fourth seed David Ferrer taking on another Spaniard in Roberto Bautista Agut and, while there have been enough upsets for people predicting to be wary, this French Open finalist is expected to progress.

2011 champion and eighth seed Petra Kvitova is second on Court No.1 and takes on Russian 25th seed Ekaterina Makarova, before men’s 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny rounds off the day against Victor Troicki.

Rain is forecast on and off throughout the day, so expect play on the outside courts to be disrupted more than once.

If it does stay dry, one match to look out for is the clash between Ernests Gulbis and Fernando Verdasco, which is scheduled to be third up on Court Two.

The mercurial Latvian was leading against sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before the Frenchman retied hurt during their second round tie and will have his undoubted talent, as well as his questionable temperament, tested by the big hitting Spaniard.

Young talent Grigor Dimitrov was about to serve to stay in the match at 8-9 in the fifth set against Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja whenthe rain set in and they will try to complete their match first on Court Three.

Maria Sharapova’s conqueror, Michelle Larcher de Brito, will continue her Wimbledon adventure against Italy’s Karin Knapp on Court 17, though, again, rain is likely to be a factor.

Day Five is set up for a day of patriotic fervour on Centre Court, though it could well be quite a damp affair for those not lucky enough to have a ticket for under the roof.

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David Ferrer
Wimbledon
Laura Robson
Tennis
Andy Murray

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