What to watch at Wimbledon on day six

Bad weather has conspired to hamper action in the first week at Wimbledon, but while the rain may not stay away on Saturday, we’re sure to still have some thrilling action.

Tournament organizers have already confirmed that the traditional break on the first Sunday of the tournament will be sacrificed in order to complete the necessary matches, and top seed Novak Djokovic is one of those who has suffered as a result of the rain delays.

The world number one, though, may have been happy to see play brought to a halt on Friday, as he was two sets down in his clash with American Sam Querrey.

The women’s draw has been particularly hard-hit by the delays, with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova yet to complete her second-round match with Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, who took the first set 7-5.

It’s the women’s draw that we turn to first on Centre Court, with fifth seed Simona Halep up against Kiki Bertens. The Romanian has endured a tough 2016 thus far, and is up against a tough challenger in the 26th-seeded Bertens.

The home crowd will have reason to cheer on Saturday, with Andy Murray, the last Briton left in the singles draw, in action against Australia’s John Millman. Murray is yet to drop a set after two rounds and will be looking to continue that strong form against a player he has only faced once before.

The outside courts are of course the most vulnerable to bad weather, and fifth seed Kei Nishikori will want to make light work of Russian Andrey Kuznetsov out on Court 3 before any inclement weather arrives, with the match having already been pushed back due to rain.

Matches to watch

Djokovic v Querrey

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It didn’t start out as a match that was expected to deliver any real drama, but Querrey appears not to have read the script, with the American taking the opening two sets of his clash with the top-seeded Djokovic.

Djokovic hasn’t lost a grand slam match since going down in the final of Roland Garros last year, but he nearly came unstuck in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2015. The Serb found himself in a position not dissimilar to the one he is in now, having lost the first two sets of his clash with another big server in Kevin Anderson. Djokovic was able to right the ship on that occasion, and he will back himself to do it again.

Cibulkova vs Bouchard

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In 2014, Eugenie Bouchard was just a win away from claiming her first grand slam title at Wimbledon, but the Canadian has stuttered since then, with her ranking plummeting to 48th at the end of 2015, having finished the previous year in the top 10.

Bouchard has shown glimmers of hope that she may be able to return to her best, and a win against Dominika Cibulkova will go some way to showing that there is still life – and fight – in the youngster.

Raonic v Sock

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Milos Raonic has brought John McEnroe into his coaching team as he looks to make the step up from top 10 player to grand slam winner. McEnroe certainly knows a thing or two about winning at Wimbledon, having claimed three singles titles on the hallowed grass courts.

In Sock, Raonic is up against an opponent on the rise. The American has already won two grand slam doubles titles and at 23 is developing into a strong singles player and has disposed of Ernests Gulbis and Robin Haase thus far to set up a meeting with Raonic.

It’s a match that Raonic should be able to navigate through, but if he lets Sock in with a sniff the American has shown he’s more than up for a fight.

Broadcast schedule

(All times are HKT)

FOX Sports from 6pm

Court 2
Carina Witthoeft (GER) vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]

No.1 Court from 7pm
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs Sam Querrey (USA) [28] to finish – 6-7(6) 1-6

Court 2
(following the conclusion of the Djokovic match)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [10] vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) to finish – 5-7
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [19] vs Eugenie Bouchard (CAN

No.1 Court
Alize Cornet (FRA) 75 vs Madison Keys (USA) [9]
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] 113 vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [22]

 

FOX Sports 3 from 6pm

Court 3
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]

Centre Court from 8pm

Parade of Champions

Simona Halep (ROU) [5] vs Kiki Bertens (NED) [26]
John Millman (AUS) vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2]
Jack Sock (USA) [27] vs Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]

 

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