Wimbledon 2011: Day 7

27 June, 2011 at 10:23 (GMT+01:00)

By Simon Furnivall

Wimbledon took a day off yesterday, allowing F1 the centre stage. It was a cunning strategy by the All England Club - some might point out that it's a traditional break, but I scoff at that - as a Sunday afternoon spent being bored to tears by a procession in Valencia has whetted my appetite all the more for what looks like being a classic day at SW19.

Kicking us off on Centre Court we have round three of Andy Murray vs Richard Gasquet. Gasquet, one of the games more mercurial talents, has perfected the art of losing a two set lead to Murray, having done so famously at the same stage in 2008 and in the first round of last year's French Open. One suspects though, that Murray would prefer not to spend four hours on court this afternoon.

Following that, there is Venus Williams' chance for revenge against Tsvetana Pironkova, who dumped her out of last year's tournament in straight sets. The ladies draw seems to be inexorably creeping towards a fifth All Williams final as Serena faces Marion Bartoli, to whom she has never lost, on Court One. Given Serena's health and injury problems in the last year, it really would just be conformation that they own the women's game at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer should continue his stunning progress through the draw against Mikhail Youzhny. The third seed hasn't even looked like dropping a set yet and completes the day on Court One, presumably after Novak Djokovic has quickly disposed of Michaël Llodra.

Game of the day, however, is the final match on Centre. Rafael Nadal vs. Juan Martín Del Potro. Del Potro, US Open champion in 2009, is a hugely dangerous player to be facing at this stage of the tournament, and is only so low down in the rankings because he spent the best part of 2010 out of the game with a wrist injury. Surely Nadal can't be knocked out at this stage, can he?

Wimbledon Day 7 - Schedule of Play

Centre Court (13:00)

  • Andy Murray (4) vs Richard Gasquet (17)
  • Venus Williams (23) vs Tsvetana Pironkova (32)
  • Rafael Nadal (1) vs Juan Martín Del Potro (24)

Court 1 (13:00)

  • Marion Bartoli (9) vs Serena Williams (7)
  • Michaël Llodra (19) vs Novak Djokovic (2)
  • Mikhail Youzhny (18) vs Roger Federer (3)

Court 2 (12:00)

  • Shuai Peng (20) vs Maria Sharapova (5)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs Dominika Cibulková (24)
  • Mardy Fish (10) vs Tomáš Berdych (6)
  • Feliciano López/Andrea Petković vs David Marrero/Andrea Hlaváčková (16)

If you're looking for an outside court treat then you could head over to Court 15 in the hope that Bethanie Mattek-Sands lives up to her reputation for her bonkers fashion sense as she teams up with Meghann Shaughnessy in the doubles. Or you could amble over to Court 18 to see 'the next big thing', Bernie Tomic, face off against Xavier Malisse for the right to be battered by Djokovic in the quarter finals, followed by the unstoppable doubles machine that is the Bryan brothers.

All in all, a good day awaits, and the weather is even set to play nice.

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