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Wimbledon Daily Preview: Rain Leads to a Wacky Wednesday

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Sunny skies will be a welcome sight on Wednesday (twitter.com/Wimbledon)

With no play completed on the outer courts on Tuesday, and some matches from Monday also yet to be completed, Wednesday will be an extremely busy day around the grounds of The All England Club.

Thankfully, the forecast does not call for more rain on Wednesday.  Much of Day 3’s schedule consists of first round matches, many of which were included in yesterday’s preview here.  This preview will take a look at what is expected to be some of the more competitive second round matchups scheduled for Wednesday.

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s four most prominent matches, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule.  Wednesday’s play begins at 11:00am local time.


Daria Kasatkina (11) vs. Jodie Burrage (WC) – 1:30pm on Centre Court

Kasatkina is now 20-15 on the year, and 9-5 at Wimbledon, after a straight set win in the opening round.  She was a quarterfinalist here back in 2018, and is coming off a run to the final last week in Eastbourne.  With a versatile style perfect for grass, Daria feels overdue for another deep run at SW19.

Burrage is a 24-year-old British wild card who also reached a final at a grass court leadup event (Nottingham).  During that run, she collected wins over names such Magda Linette and Alize Cornet.  On Monday, Jodie earned her first victory at a Major by defeating Katy McNally in straight sets.

How will Burrage react to facing a top player in her home country, and on Centre Court no less?  If she embraces the moment and the pressure, Jodie’s shown she has enough game to pull off the upset, though of course Kasatkina remains the favorite to advance.


Jannik Sinner (8) vs. Diego Schwartzman – Third on No.1 Court

Sinner is 33-10 in 2023, and looking to improve on his quarterfinal result from a year ago, when he was one set away from defeating Novak Djokovic.  The 21-year-old Italian has now achieved four Slam quarterfinals, though he’s yet to go farther.  After winning two grass court matches two weeks ago at Halle, he retired when down a set and a break to Alexander Bublik with an adductor injury.

Grass is far from Schwartzman’s favorite surface, and even after a comfortable straight-set win on Monday over Miomir Kecmanovic, he’s just 7-7 lifetime at the AELTC.  And is his career, he’s only 10-15 on this surface.

Sinner is 3-0 against Schwartzman, beating him twice this year on clay, and back in 2021 on a hard court.  While Diego’s defensive and returning abilities can give anyone trouble on any day, Jannik is a considerable favorite to make it 4-0 against Diego.


Andrey Rublev (7) vs. Aslan Karatsev – Not Before 4:30pm on No.3 Court

Rublev is having another strong season, with a record of 32-13, and is coming off a runner-up effort in Halle.  But like Sinner, he’s still searching for his first Slam semifinal, as Andrey is now 0-7 in quarterfinals at this level.  And he faces a tough second round draw in a friend he has never beaten.

Karatsev defeated Rublev in their only prior meeting, two years ago in Dubai.  Aslan seems to enjoy competing against his Russian friends, as he’s also 4-1 against Daniil Medvedev.  Karatsev was a surprise Australian Open semifinalist in 2021, in his first main draw appearance at a Major, and is now back to playing good tennis after the sophomore slump got the best of him in 2022. 

However, Aslan only has four main draw wins in his career on grass.  So while he’s a threat, Andrey is the favorite.


Alexander Bublik vs. J.J. Wolf – Not Before 4:30pm on Court 8

Is Bublik ready to be a serious title contender?  He’s better known for his trick shots, and his occasional lack of effort in matches.  But after a terrible start to this season, losing his first eight matches, he’s coming off a title run in Halle, where Alexander took out a load of impressive names: Coric, Struff, Sinner, Zverev, and Rublev.

Wolf is a 24-year-old American who likes playing at big events.  This is only his fifth main draw appearance at a Major, yet he’s already reached the third round or better three times, including this year in Australia where he advanced to the fourth round, and was a set away from the quarterfinals.

I would be surprised if Bublik can replicate his Halle form in the best-of-five format.  And Wolf has beaten him twice within the past year, both times on hard courts.  But considering J.J. has only played five tour-level matches on grass, Alexander should be able to prevail. 


Other Notable Matches on Wednesday:

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo – Swiatek easily advanced on Monday, dropping just four games.  She’s now 6-3 at Wimbledon, the only Major where she’s yet to reach the semifinals.  Sorribes Tormo is 0-3 in the second round of Wimbledon, and only owns 10 career wins on grass.

Jordan Thompson vs. Novak Djokovic (2) – Djokovic earned his 87th victory at Wimbledon on Monday, and his 29th in a row.  Thompson survived a five-setter against Brandon Nakashima on Monday to earn only his fourth win at SW19. 

Elise Mertens (28) vs. Elina Svitolina (WC) – Both players prevailed in straight sets on Monday, with Svitolina notably defeating Venus Williams.  Svitolina is 3-2 against Mertens, though they’ve never met on grass.


Wednesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Sinner; now aims for Third Title in Monte Carlo

Stylish Greek completes comeback win and re-enters the top ten.

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After winning two in a row in 2021-2022, Stefanos Tsitsipas is now in reach of a third title at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, after beating World number two Jannik Sinner in three gruelling sets.

The 25-year-old had to battle hard and come from a break down in the third to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and now plays Casper Ruud in tomorrow’s final. The Greek has had an indifferent start to the year with a 11-6 win-loss record, but today was his first top three victory since the 2022 Cincinatti Masters – where he beat Daniil Medvedev – and ensures a return back into the top ten of the men’s rankings.

Tsitsipas recognised how hard he had to fight and revealed after the match just how satisfied he was of his performance:

“It was tennis at its highest level that I have been able to play. Jannik was an extremely difficult opponent and it can be seen throughout the year so far. He has been very consistent and I could see that throughout today with his game. He is one of the toughest opponents I have faced so far and to find ways when there weren’t that many, I am proud of that. He gave me a very difficult game and the way I overcame it is true excellence.”

Sinner double faulted at 30-40 to gift the break early with the score at one game all. From there, Tsistipas rallied with poise and confidence in a brilliant opening set lasting 44 minutes including a stunning backhand down-the-line winner to open the game when serving at 4-3. He took the first set 6-4 after a tiring 18-shot rally – where both players hit all angles of the court – before Sinner hit a forehand wide.

However, 22-year-old Sinner struck back immediately on his first breakpoint at the start of the second set when he won a close exchange at the net and then took a 3-0 lead.  He later survived a breakback point when 4-2 up and crucially held on for 5-2. He faced more pressure when serving for the set at 5-3 and was taken to deuce but levelled the match at one-set-all on his second set point to give the crowd exactly what they were asking f

Sinner was now in full flow hitting powerfully from the baseline and once again broke early at the start of the final set to take a 3-1 lead. But with the match now entering the third hour he began to tire physically and called for the trainer during the changeover with the score at 4-3.  When the match resumed, he lost the next three games and the Greek had completed a remarkable turnaround, handing his opponent just his second defeat of the season in two hours and forty minutes.

“It helps a lot knowing I have a win like this under my belt. Having a win like this and getting to the levels of tennis again brings a lot of satisfaction to me,” Tsitsipas said. “When there is a lot of work put in each day, these are the type of matches you are aiming for.”

Sinner’s only loss prior to today was against Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells semi-finals. He has been the stand out player this year after already winning titles in Rotterdam, the Miami Open, and his maiden Grand Slam in Australia. Despite having won 25 matches overall though, he now trails Tsitsipas 3-6 in their head-to-head rivalry.

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Casper Ruud Reveals Shock After Knocking Out Novak Djokovic In Monte-Carlo

Casper Ruud is into his second career Masters 1000 final after beating Novak Djokovic for the first time.

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Casper Ruud is into his second Masters 1000 final of his career after recording his best ever win by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 6-4.

The Norwegian defeated the world number one for the first time in his career as he overcame a mini-comeback from Djokovic to seal his place in the Monte-Carlo final.

Having lost his five previous meetings to Djokovic, Ruud played some fearless tennis under pressure as the eighth seed broke to close out a career-best win.

Speaking after the win Ruud admitted he was in a state of shock and was pleased with the victory, “I am super happy,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“This is a day I will remember for a long time. Beating a World No. 1 is something I have never done and beating Novak is something I have never done. I am very, very happy. I am a little bit in a state of shock right now.”

After achieving the seemingly improbable, Ruud will now look to win his first ever ATP title that’s above a Masters 1000 event when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Monte-Carlo final.

That’s a prospect Ruud is looking forward to as he prepares for one final challenge, “There is always one more match in tennis,” the Norwegian explained.

“Tomorrow is going to be a special day, playing a final here in Monte-Carlo. It is a great result but I have been chasing a big title for a few years now and tomorrow I will have another shot at it. I am going to give it my all. Stef is playing well. He is a great player on clay and on other surfaces as well, but I guess clay is maybe where he has had the most success and especially this tournament.

“So it is going to be another tough task, but I am up for it.”

The final will take place at 14:00 BST.

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Rafael Nadal Set For Opening Round Test Against Cobolli In Barcelona

Rafael Nadal will look to make his ATP tour return in Barcelona this week.

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Rafael Nadal is set for his return to tennis in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Nadal has been struggling with injury after being injured again in Brisbane this year.

The tournament in Brisbane was his first tournament back for a year as he suffered a hip injury at the Australian Open last year.

Now Nadal aims to return to competitive action in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Speaking earlier in the week Nadal was hopeful of a return to the tour in Barcelona, “Excited to be here for a few days before the start of the tournament,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“I’m here to see how it goes… can’t wait to try and play. I’ll let you know. Important to say that I don’t want to confirm I’ll be playing, but I hope so. We’ll see.”

Should Nadal play and win his opening round match then the Spaniard will play fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the second round.

The former world number one has won the title on 12 different occasions but hasn’t won the title since 2021.

Elsewhere in the draw defending champion Carlos Alcaraz will begin against Luca Van Assche or Zhizhen Zhang with the Spaniard projected to meet Borna Coric in the third round.

Alcaraz suffered an injury in Monte-Carlo and will be beginning his clay court campaign in Barcelona.

Also in action in Barcelona are Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud.

Main draw action will begin on Monday.

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