Wimbledon Day 5 Predictions, Preview, and Odds (July 7)
- Second and third round clashes take place across the courts at Wimbledon on day 5
- Novak Djokovic is in action on Centre Court, while an interesting showdown between Denis Shapovalov and Liam Broady is also set
Another thrilling day of action at the All England Club is set for Friday, as there will be huge showdowns across the men’s and women’s competitions in the second, and third rounds. Novak Djokovic is one of the biggest stars in action, as the battle for a spot in the next round intensifies.
Schedule and How To Watch
- When: Friday, July 7, 2023
- Where: All England Club, Wimbledon
- How To Watch: ESPN
Stan Wawrinka vs Novak Djokovic
Two great rivals will lock horns in the final match on Centre Court on Day 5. Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will collide for the 27th time in history, with the Serbian holding a 20-6 advantage. It is also worth mentioning that the reigning champion hasn’t suffered a defeat on Centre Court for over ten years, which is a staggering feat.
Djokovic has looked incredible across the opening two rounds, as he has breezed through testing matches in straight sets. The latest of those was against Jordan Thompson, who smashed down an incredible 21 aces as he pushed the reigning champion to his limit. Wawrinka has rolled back the years already at Wimbledon, as the three-time Grand Slam champion knocked out seeded rival Tomas Etcheverry in commanding style in the previous round. However, we struggle to see anything other than Djokovic winning in straight sets on Friday.
Denis Shapovalov vs Liam Broady
A thrilling matchup in the third round will take place on Court 2, as Denis Shapovalov looks to continue his solid form at Wimbledon against British star Liam Broady. The Canadian previously beat Andy Murray at the grass court Slam, and has looked impressive in each of his opening two matches at the competition this year.
However, Broady has already achieved his best outing at Wimbledon this year, and could reach the fourth round for the first time in his career. He played incredibly well against French Open finalist and fourth-seed Casper Ruud in the previous round, winning a five-set thriller. He smashed down ten aces, and won an incredible 72% of the points on his first serve. The manner of performance means that we will be siding with the Brit to serve up another shock on Friday.
Magda Linette vs Belinda Bencic
One of the standout ties in the women’s third round on Friday will see 23rd seed Magda Linette clash with 14th seed Belinda Bencic. Linette has cruised through two testing opening round opponents, which includes a straight sets win over grass specialist Jill Teichmann in the first round. However, she has never previously reached the fourth round at the Grand Slam.
Bencic has only reached the fourth round on two occasions, but she has already improved on recent performances after being eliminated in the opening round in each of the last two years. She was excellent in the second round on Thursday, as she registered seven aces in a three set win over Danielle Collins. The effort from that match could leave her fatigued, which means a chance will be taken on Linette.