Wimbledon Day 4 – Single’s Preview – Novak Djokovic and Rodger Federer are back in action as they look to seal their passage in to the third round of Wimbledon. Both are bound to be in for a tougher game than their previous, as both of their opponents were forced to retire through injury.
Here’s a look at what’s in store on day four of Wimbledon.
Roger Federer V Dusan Lajovic
Just a set up in to his opening game, Federer found his first-round tie brought to an abrupt halt. After convincingly taking the first set 6-0, and comfortably leading the second set 3-0, his opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov retired with an ankle injury.
Lajovic is bound to provide a much sterner test, by just managing to complete the full game. The Serb came through his first-round match again Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. In what is only his fourth ever Wimbledon tournament, Lajovic has reached the second round for only the second time, and has never made it to the third.
SKYBET: FEDERER TO WIN– 1/100
SKYBET: LAJOVIC TO WIN– 20/1
Novak Djokovic V Adam Pavlasek
Like Federer, Djokovic was only briefly in action on day two of Wimbledon. His opponent Martin Klizan was forced to retire, with Djokovic in cruise control, leading 6-3, 2-0. A calf injury that was visibly restricting the Slovakian was just too much for him to shake off, and Djokovic sailed through to the second round.
Pavlasek’s journey to the second-round was a little tougher than his Serbian counterpart. The Czech came from a set down to beat American E Escobedo 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. Having only turned professional in 2012, this is his first ever Wimbledon campaign, so he’ll have very little to lose as underdog for this game.
Milos Raonic V Mikhail Youzhny
World number six Raonic had to endure a tougher than expected game in the first round. The Canadian defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6, 6-2, 7-2, to secure his place in the second-round of Wimbledon.
Youzny himself defeated Nicolas Mahut in straight sets, coming out 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 winner. The Russian finds himself in the second-round of the competition for the first time in his career.
After reaching the final last year, it would be a major shock to see Raonic crash out so early, and I expect to see him in the draw for the third-round.