Serena, Americans lead Day 5 lineup; Dimitrov, Djokovic take Centre Court
LONDON – Wimbledon Day 5 features Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Grigor Dimitrov headlining Centre Court and more. Play begins at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN. The full television and broadcast schedule can be found here. Full order of play for Tuesday can be found here.
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Grigor Dimitrov headline Centre Court: Britain sure does love Dimitrov, huh? The No. 11 gets the opening Centre Court slot against No. 21 Richard Gasquet, followed by an enticing showdown between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 27 Bernard Tomic, followed by No. 1 Serena Williams against Britain's Heather Watson. Djokovic and Serena should roll but Dimitrov is 0–4 against Gasquet.
Serena and Venus Williams are one round away from meeting: After double-bageling Madison Brengle in the first round, Venus got a strong challenge from Yulia Putintseva in the second round. Venus passed with flying colors, winning 7–5, 6–4. Now she gets another feisty upstart in No. 84 Aleksandra Krunic. The 20-year-old Serb made a name for herself at the U.S. Open last year, where she beat Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys to make the fourth round and lost to Victoria Azarenka in three tight sets. If both Venus and Serena win on Friday they will face each other in the fourth round on Monday.
Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic face off in Wimbledon quarterfinal rematch: Raonic is 2–0 against Kyrgios, with their most recent match coming last year at Wimbledon. Raonic won 6–7(4), 6–2, 6–4, 7–6(4) to make his first Slam semifinal. "I'm excited," Kyrgios said of the match. "Obviously to play a guy like that, he's pretty much at the top of the game. After last year's performance against him, I'm confident I can do well. But at the same time, if a guy is serving as well as he is, it's going to be tough. I know what I have to do out there. But at the same time, there's not so much you can do on his serve." They play the first match on No. 2 Court.
John Isner, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands eye upsets: It's a day of opportunity for the American contingent. No. 17 John Isner is looking to make the fourth round for the first time in his career. He takes on U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic (third match, No. 1 Court), who he has not beaten in four tries.
Sloane Stephens faces French Open finalist and No. 6 Lucie Safarova (second match, No. 2 Court). The two have played just once, last year, and Safarova won 6–3, 7–5 on Dubai's hard courts. CoCo Vandeweghe looks to back up her big win over No. 11 Karolina Pliskova when she faces No. 22 Samantha Stosur (second match, No. 3 Court), against whom she has a winning record after winning their last two matches. Vandeweghe is aiming to make the fourth round of a major for the first time.
Lastly, Bethanie Mattek-Sands plays No. 30 Belinda Bencic (second match, Court 18). The 18-year-old won her first WTA title in Eastbourne on Saturday and has been fighting fatigue after a lengthy grass season. Mattek-Sands is coming off a big win over No. 7 Ana Ivanovic. This is their first meeting.
American wildcard Dennis Kudla has a shot at the fourth round: Ranked No. 105, Kudla looks to build on his solid grass results to move into the fourth round of a major for the first time. Playing mainly on the ATP Challenger circuit, Kudla is 11-1 on grass this year, with wins over No. 28 Pablo Cuevas and Alexander Zverev in the first two rounds. He plays No. 60 Santiago Giraldo (third match, Court 18).