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Wimbledon 2013 – Day Six Preview

Djokovic is bidding for a last-16 spot (©GettyImages)
Djokovic is bidding for a last-16 spot (©GettyImages).

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams headline Day Six at Wimbledon with both looking to avoid the upsets that have plagued the favourites so far this tournament.

Djokovic, number one seed in the Men’s Draw, takes on Jeremy Chardy in the third round at around 5:30pm while the Women’s number one player Williams is expected to face Kimiko Date-Krumm at 6:30pm. 

Both matches are scheduled to be the final games on Centre Court and Court One respectively.

Chardy, who reached his career-high singles ranking of 25 in the world earlier this year, is the 28th seed but hasn’t fired on all cylinders yet. He'll need to if he is to stand any chance against the 2011 winner from Serbia.

42-year-old Date-Krumm has already become the oldest woman to reach the third round of Wimbledon since the Open Era started in 1968, and she faces the mammoth task of overcoming five-time defending champion Williams.

Before that Centre Court hosts Richard Gasquet versus Bernard Tomic in one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups of the competition so far.

Australian Tomic blasted past James Blake in straight sets in the second round after seeing off Sam Querrey in five gruelling sets in the first. The big-hitting 20-year-old faces Frenchman Gasquet – the ninth seed has come through relatively comfortably so far, dropping just two sets both on a tiebreak.

French Open finalist David Ferrer faces Alexandr Dolgopolov on Court One following the conclusion of Kevin Anderson versus former-Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych.

The Czech star hasn’t dropped a set in the competition so far, and the number seven seed will be hopeful of progression to the last-16 against the number 27 seed South African Anderson.

The hottest ticket in town could be on Court Two though, with 19-year-old home favourite Laura Robson set to take on Marina Erakovic.

The un-seeded Croatian could potentially be a tricky customer, having eased past number 24 seed Peng Shuai in straight sets on Thursday.

But Robson will be full of confidence heading into the third round match having dispatched Mariana Duque-Marino in straight sets yesterday. A win for the teenage Brit would send her into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

 

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