Roger Federer will look to stay on track for a title-defense when he faces Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round of Wimbledon today.
Federer, 36, hasn’t lost a third round match at Wimbledon since 2004 and it doesn’t seem that is about to change when he comes up against Struff, who’s is on the back of a five-set victory over Ivo Karlovic.
The 28-year-old German has never reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam in his career and has lost five of his last seven matches on grass-court. Moreso, he’s 0-2 against Federer in career meetings, which is really unsurprising.
Struff acknowledges it wouldn’t be an easy ride against the eight-time champion, but he’s willing to go for it.
“It will be brutally difficult, but I’m looking forward to it,” the German said.
Is a shocker in the offing?
Serena Willams has been quite assuring so far at the All England Club. Straight sets win over Arantxa Rus and Viktoriya Tomova in the first and second rounds, respectively. Can she take her performance up a notch when she squares off against Kristina Mladenovic today?
Serena defeated Mladenovic in their only meeting at the French Open in 2016 and she’s revealed she’s looking forward to playing the Frenchwoman again.
“It will be good,” Serena said on facing Mladenovic. “I haven’t played her in a while. She’s had a really good year last year. She’s still doing well. I have to come out there and do the best that I can do.”
For Mladenovic now, it’d be a chance to progress to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the third time in her career and for the first time at Wimbledon. But can she suppress a resurgent Serena, who’s on a 16 match winning streak on grass-court?
The elder of the Williams sisters and five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus will take on Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
In her first and second round matches, Venus started slowly, dropping the opening sets, before rallying back excellently to seal the next sets easily. Bertens, on the other hand, has been more convincing in her traight-set wins over unseeded Barbora Stefkova and Anna Blinkova. Would that count for something today?
Venus won the only meeting between the pair. She also, has far superior records at Wimbledon. Bertens has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon. She’s also known to have hiccups against big names at Grand Slam events.
Will Venus, last year’s finalist, condemn Bertens to the same misery? Or will the Dutch send the American packing?