Wimbledon Day 3 matches to watch: Djokovic, Venus in Round 2 action
LONDON — Here are the matches to watch on Day 3 of Wimbledon. Play begins on the outer courts at 6:30 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. on the three show courts. ESPN starts its coverage at 7 a.m. and ESPNews takes over at 11:30 a.m. Click here for the order of play, and see the full TV schedule here.
Novak Djokovic  vs. Radek Stepanek (third match, Centre Court): Stepanek will be a much tougher test than Djokovic faced in the first round, when the Serb won the first 11 games and cruised past Andrey Golubev. The 35-year-old Czech, who is ranked 38th, upset Andy Murray on his way to the Queen's Club semifinals two weeks ago. Djokovic is 10-1 against Stepanek and won their only match on grass, in four sets at Wimbledon in 2012.
Tomas Berdych  vs. Bernard Tomic (third match, No. 1 Court): Tomic hasn't won back-to-back matches since making the season-opening Sydney International final in January, but he looked good in defeating Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets on Monday. Berdych beat Tomic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, their only meeting. "It's difficult to come back [against Berdych] because he's a great player and he's a good front-runner," said Tomic, who is ranked 86th. "So I need to win the first set and put pressure on him. Then everything can change."
Venus Williams vs. Kurumi Nara (first match, No. 3 Court): Williams, a five-time champion, is seeking to reach the third round of a major for the first time since the 2013 Australian Open. Nara, ranked No. 41, won her first career title in February, at the Rio Open.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  vs. Sam Querrey (third match, No. 2 Court): Tsonga needed five sets to survive an ailing Jurgen Melzer in his first round, which makes you believe he's vulnerable if Querrey can play a solid match.
Ernests Gulbis  vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky (first match, Court 12): The contrast in styles -- Gulbis' baseline hitting against Stakhovsky's serve and volleying -- should be interesting between two men who have beaten Roger Federer at Slams in the last year.
Victoria Azarenka  vs. Bojana Jovanovski (third match, No. 3 Court): Azarenka continues her comeback from a right foot injury against a player she hasn't played in four years. Azarenka's first-round victory was her first win since the Australian Open. No. 45 Jovanovski is looking to advance to the third round for the first time in five attempts.