Wimbledon 2013 – Day Seven preview

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After a first week of surprises and shocks, Wimbledon goes into the business end of things with some conspicuous absences.

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and defending men’s singles champion Roger Federer all fell to lesser opponents in an initial few days that were also unusual because of the amount of players pulling out through injury.

However, top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams avoided a similar fate to their rivals and will be in action on the show courts on Monday.

Andy Murray was another who showed no mercy to his opponents and looked very good as he cruised into the fourth round.

Murray’s presence is not a surprise but that of his compatriot Laura Robson is – it is the first time in 15 years that Great Britain have had representatives in the fourth round of both the men’s and women’s singles.

Robson came back from the brink of defeat against New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic to set up a clash with Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who is ranked below the Brit at 46 in the world but has a powerful game that is suited to grass.

Should Robson win and make it to the quarter-finals, she would likely face world No.1 Serena Williams, who has a tough match herself against in-form 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

Lisicki has the power to trouble Williams but the defending champion should have too much for her in the opening match on Centre Court.

Robson opens play on No.1 Court and will be followed by Juan Martin del Potro’s clash with Italian Andreas Seppi – a match the eighth seed should have more than enough to win.

Murray faces dangerous Russian 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second match on Centre Court – the US Open champion has been urging the crowd to get behind him and Robson, as he believes it could make a crucial difference to their fortunes.

Play on Centre Court will be rounded off with a match that promises to be an engaging encounter, with Djokovic taking on Tommy Haas of Germany.

The pair had a highly entertaining match in the French Open and the top seed will not have it all his own way against the evergreen 14th seed.

Young Australian Bernard Tomic has found form at the right time to get this far, but he will face a huge test against seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the final match on No.1 Court.

Weather reports ahead of play have indicated it should be a clear day and the All England Club spectators are expected to get as full quota of tennis on a packed day at Wimbledon 2013.

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