On Friday at Wimbledon, Day 5, Returning Champion Andy Murray could get a surprise in his first on court meeting with Roberto Bautista Agut, and Novak Djokovic is hoping to handle Gilles Simon, like he has done in their six previous meetings.
Day 4 included Roger Federer serving extremely well, only dropping nine points on his serve throughout his match with Gilles Muller, and, along with 23 Aces, he fired his way into the third round in just over an hour and a half on court. Ranked 103 in the world, Muller was not expected to give Federer much trouble.
French Open Champ Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, had a time with his Wimbledon nemesis, Lukas Rosol.
Rosol gave a spirited fight before being beaten by Nadal, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4. Firing with his pinpoint serve, Rosol had a chance, but Nadal hung in when he needed to.
Nadal, knew it was good tennis, and celebrated like he had made the finals afterward.
"A lot of tension, but I think I had a good answer after big trouble between the first and second set," Nadal said in a post-match television interview. "I think I finished the match playing great."
Tomorrow, Murray and Agut will face off at Center Court, under the dome, and it could turn out to be one of this tournament's best matches so far. Agut was ranked 58th in the world at the beginning of the year, but now is ranked 23rd after playing some great tennis this year. He is a player to watch, for sure, and could give Murray some trouble for the first time in the tournament.
Novak Djokovic has to face 44th-ranked Gilles Simon. Simon has seen a steady decline since being ranked as high as 6 in 2009, but he loves a big stage, and could give Djokovic some trouble if he catches a few breaks. Most expect Djokovic to handle Simon; he has done so in their last six straight meetings. Whereas Murray may have some issues with Agut, Djokovic is expected to cruise by Simon.
Wimbledon Championships Day 5
Where: All England Club, London
When: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
TV: ESPN Networks
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