What to watch at Wimbledon on day five

The action continues unabated on the grass courts of the All England Club on Friday, with several second round matches still to be completed following the rain breaks earlier in the week.

Nevertheless, there is still a healthy smattering of third round matches on show as well, with most of the tournament favourites ready to wow the crowds once more.

The play on Centre Court starts with a potentially feisty encounter fourth seed Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin Del Potro – more on that below – followed by Serena Williams’ cash with compatriot Christina McHale. Both of those are second round matches.

Other second round matches in the men’s draw include the likes of Nick Kyrgios – who takes on Rafael Nadal’s slayer from 2015 Dustin Brown – Tomas Berdych’s match against Benjamin Becker and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s clash with Juan Monaco.

In second round matches in the women’s draw, two-time champion Petra Kvitova faces Ekaterina Makarova, while perennial outsiders Svetlana Kuznetsova, Timea Bacsinszky and Sloane Stephens will all hit the courts too.

Both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Court on and Centre Court respectively, will have their third round matches on Friday, with the defending champion taking on 28th-seed Sam Querrey and the Swiss legend coming up against local player Daniel Evans.

Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori will continue his tilt at the title against Andrey Kuznetsov on Court 2, while Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and David Goffin will all be in action as well.

In women’s third round matches, five-time winner Venus Williams have a potential banana peal of an encounter against Daria Kasatkina in the first tie of the day on Court 1, while fifth seed Simona Halep has a tricky match against Kiki Bertens on Court 2.

Elsewhere, fourth seed and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, ninth-seeded American Madison Keys and 28th-seed Lucie Safarova, a former runner-up at Roland Garros, will also hit the courts of the All England Club on Friday.

Matches to watch

Wawrinka v Del Potro

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It is not often that one sees a match between two grand slam winners as early as the second round in one of the sport’s majors, but that is exactly what we have in this case.

Wawrinka, a winner in Melbourne and Paris in recent years, isn’t a great grass court player by any stretch of the imagination, although the hard-hitting Swiss player has reached the last eight in his previous two attempts on the hallowed courts of SW19.

Unseeded Del Potro was once regarded as a player capable of joining the elite in the men’s game following his victory at Flushing Meadows in 2009, but a series of injuries, particularly his wrist, have resulted in the Argentine dropping down to 165th on the world rankings prior to the start of this year’s Wimbledon.

Nevertheless, Del Potro did reach the last four in London as recent as 2013, when he lost in five tight sets to Djokovic.

In their five previous matches, Del Potro has won thrice, their three most recent meetings, although the two haven’t met since Estoril in 2012.

If Del Potro has a clean bill of health, he is more than capable of causing the first big upset in the men’s draw this year…

Williams v Kasatkina

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A clash between the old and the new, Williams won her first title at Wimbledon back in 2000 when her Russian opponent was just three years old.

Former number one Williams has returned to the top 10 once more, a significant for a 36-year-old following her last 16 berth at Roland Garros earlier this year and has already tied Venus equaled the record for the most grand slam appearances – 71 – at Wimbledon this year.

While Williams has won 49 career singles titles – seven of which at the grand slams – the 19-year-old Kasatkina is yet to win on the WTA Tour.

However, the young Russian has consistently climbed up the rankings over the last year and have already been nominated as the most improved player of the month on three separate occasions this year.

A former winner of the girls title at Roland Garros, Kasatkina is playing in her first-ever Wimbledon but already has a victory over Williams to her name this year – in Auckland prior to the start of the Australian Open in their only previous encounter.

Broadcasting schedule
(All times are HKT)

FOX Sports

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) (C12 from 6pm)
From 8pm: Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI) (CC from 8pm)
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Christina McHale (USA) (CC)
Roger Federer (SUI) [3] vs Daniel Evans (GBR) (CC)

FOX Sports 3

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] v Dustin Brown (GER) (C2 from 6pm)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [10] v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) (C2)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] (C2) or Venus Williams (USA) 97 v Darya Kasatkina (RUS) [29] (C1 from 8pm)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Sam Querrey (USA) [28]
Jack Sock (USA) [27] v Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]

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