ATP Wimbledon Day 5, 3rd Round Preview: Cilic v Berdych, Dimitrov v Dolgopolov

The match of the day on the mens side saw a truly staggering victory for Nick Kyrgios who came from two sets down and saved NINE match points to beat Richard Gasquet, 10-8 in the fifth set.  This was a phenomenal victory.  A projected Monfils v Gasquet third round match has now turned into Kyrgios v  Jiri Vesely; the Czech player took out Monfils in a fifth set.  He faced two break points, which would have seen Monfils serve for the match, but Vesely saved them, broke in the next game, then held off more break points and hung on to claim the biggest win of his career.  In the most anticipated match of the day, Rafael Nadal recovered from a set and a break down to beat Lukas Rosol in four sets.  Rafa’s section has been carved open with all three seeds in his eighth out of the tournament.

In a match that was unable to conclude on Wednesday, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point to secure a marathon 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 6-3 13-12 win over Sam Querrey.  Some of the tennis on Wednesday night, particularly in the game where Tsonga saved a break point, was absolutely breathtaking.  I expected a serve dominated match, which it was for the most part, but there were some fabulous shotmaking.  Tsonga has played every day so far and takes on Jimmy Wang in the third round.

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Poll Results: 67% correctly predicted that Nadal would beat Rosol.

1. Tomas Berdych v Marin Cilic

Cilic

Tomas Berdych has dropped the opening set of his first two matches at this year’s Championships.  Victor Hanescu and Bernard Tomic both had the upper hand against Berdych, but the Czech player won the next three sets in each round to progress in four sets.  Tomic put up a good fight against Berdych in an excellent match on No.1 Court.  Tomic looked to be hindered after a slip on the grass, meanwhile Berdych was struggling with a wrist injury.  Berdych faces another tough match against Marin Cilic in the third round.  The Croatian player has also dropped a set in each of his opening two matches.  In the second round, he came from a set down to beat Andreas Haider-Maurer, 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-4.  Berdych leads the H2H 5-2 and won their last match handily in Rotterdam, 6-4 6-2.  Cilic won their only match on grass at Queens last year and is very capable on grass despite a first round exit at Queens this year.  If Berdych is less than 100%, Cilic should sweep up…

Prediction: Cilic d. Berdych in 4 sets

2. Grigor Dimitrov v Alexandr Dolgopolov

Dolgopolov

As David Ferrer was knocked out of the second quarter on Wednesday, the hopes of Grigor Dimitrov received another huge boost.  Dimitrov, who has played his first two matches on Centre and No.1 Court, has looked in fine form.  Playing against two talented players in Ryan Harrison and Luke Saville, the 2014 Queens Champion has yet to drop a set with a pair of equally efficient performances.  This has broken new ground for Dimitrov, who could go a great deal deeper in this draw.  Perhaps his toughest match on the way to the quarters will be in the third round against the dangerous, Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Dolgo had to pull out of his quarter-final match at Queens against Dimitrov and then the tournament in Eastbourne too.  He looked to be vulnerable to an early exit; however the Ukranian player has proved his fitness against two excellent grass courters in Sam Groth and Benny Becker.  Dimitrov won their most recent match in Basel at the end of 2013, 6-3 6-2.  This should be a really entertaining watch.  This really feels like it could be Dimitrov’s huge breakthrough tournament…

Prediction: Dimitrov d. Dolgopolov in 4 sets

3. Andy Murray v Roberto Bautista Agut

Bautista Agut

Andy Murray absolutely destroyed Blaz Rola on Wednesday in his annual venture onto No.1 Court.  Murray lost just two games in a 6-1 6-1 6-0 rout that lasted just 84 minutes.  Murray has started in great form, but his first two matches have not been against particularly testing opponents.  In the third round, Murray faces a step up in quality as he takes on the s’Hertogenbosch champion, Roberto Bautista Agut.  The Spaniard has had a tremendous year, beating Juan Martin del Potro at the Australian Open, reaching the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 event in Madrid and winning his first title in Holland last week.  This will be a first career match-up between the pair.  I’d fancy a few tight sets, but Murray in straights.

Prediction: Murray d. Bautista Agut in 3 sets (2 tight, 1 easy)

ATP Wimbledon 3rd Round Predictions

Novak Djokovic d. Gilles Simon in 3 sets

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Jimmy Wang in 4 sets

Jeremy Chardy d. Sergiy Stakhovsky in 5 sets

Kevin Anderson d. Fabio Fognini in 3 sets

Andrey Kuznetsov d. Leonardo Mayer in 4 sets

One thought on “ATP Wimbledon Day 5, 3rd Round Preview: Cilic v Berdych, Dimitrov v Dolgopolov

  1. love your plays like tailing you or fading jk lol when will you post wta picks for tommorrow est time? garcia/mak kvitova-vwill larcher//rad peng /davis saf/cib woz/konj zhala -na
    make 3 sets kvtova 2 sets rad 2 sets 1tight 1 easy davis 3 sets kon upset 3 sets maybe- na- 1tight 1 easy.

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