Wim­ble­don glance

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - GOLF / WIMBLEDON -


De­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Mur­ray takes on a fa­mil­iar ad­ver­sary at Cen­tre Court in the third round: 28th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy. They have played six times, each earn­ing three vic­to­ries; the most re­cent match came in May on clay in Rome, where Fognini won in straight sets. “Here, it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” Fognini said, call­ing Mur­ray the fa­vorite. “Of course, it’s Wim­ble­don. It’s home for him.” Mur­ray is one of four Bri­tish play­ers on Fri­day’s sched­ule, along with Al­jaz Be­dene, Jo­hanna Konta and Heather Wat­son. If all four win, the tour­na­ment’s host coun­try would have its largest con­tin­gent of men and women in the round of 16 since 1975. Also on Cen­tre Court, Rafael Nadal will try to ex­tend his run of win­ning 25 con­sec­u­tive com­pleted sets, which dates to the start of the French Open. His per­sonal best at the ma­jors is 28, from the quar­ter­fi­nals at Wim­ble­don in 2010 to the U.S. Open fi­nal that year. Nadal faces 30th-seeded Karen Khachanov, a 21-year-old Rus­sian ap­pear­ing in only his fourth Grand Slam tour­na­ment. Others in ac­tion on Day 5 in­clude five-time cham­pion Venus Wil­liams against Naomi Osaka, a 19-year-old from Ja­pan, and 2014 U.S. Open cham­pion Marin Cilic against 26th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. TO­DAY’S FORE­CAST Cloudy. High of 77

de­grees THURS­DAY’S WEATHER Partly cloudy. High of 82 de­grees THURS­DAY’S SEEDED WIN­NERS Men: No. 2 No­vak Djokovic, No. 3 Roger Fed­erer, No. 6 Mi­los Raonic, No. 8 Do­minic Thiem, No. 10 Alexan­der Zverev, No. 11 To­mas Berdych, No. 13 Grigor Dim­itrov, No. 15 Gael Mon­fils, No. 25 Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las, No. 27 Mis­cha Zverev. Women: No. 1 Angelique Kerber,

No. 5 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki, No. 7 Svet­lana Kuznetsova, No. 9 Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, No. 14 Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, No. 19 Timea Bac­sin­szky, No. 24 CoCo Van­deweghe.

THURS­DAY’S SEEDED LOSERS Men: No. 17 Jack Sock, No. 23 John Is­ner, No. 29 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 32 Paolo Lorenzi. Women: No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, No. 12 Kristina Mlade­n­ovic, No. 29 Daria Kasatk­ina, No. 32 Lu­cie Sa­farova.

STAT OF THE DAY 45 — Aces hit by 23rd-seeded John Is­ner of the U.S. in his five-set loss to Dudi Sela of Is­rael.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ll maybe give him a mean, an­gry look be­fore the match.” — 27th-seeded Mis­cha Zverev, asked what he could do to make Roger Fed­erer feel ner­vous be­fore they play in the third round Satur­day. Fed­erer has won all four pre­vi­ous matches against Zverev in straight sets, in­clud­ing one by a 6-0, 6-0 score.

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