Wimbledon 2021 day three: Murray, Evans and what to look out for


day after Roger Federer avoided a seismic shock against Adrian Mannarino and Serena Williams crashed to the Centre Court surface and out of Wimbledon, play resumes on a drier day three with a host of matches to watch out for. Here are four of the stand-outs:

The two players are not poles apart in the world rankings but the British No1 will have grown in confidence having knocked out three-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist Feliciano Lopez in the previous round. As for Lajovic, clay is his natural surface and he has never made it past the second round of Wimbledon in six attempts.

At 41 years of age, each year threatens to be the last of her career for the older of the two Williams sisters. And it was not expected that Venus would be playing deeper into the tournament than sister Serena following her unfortunate injury. No21 seed Jabeur faces a tough challenge at what is Williams’ 90th Grand Slam appearance.

Few players have a better back story than the diminutive Schwartzman, whose great grandfather escaped a train destined for a Nazi concentration camp and travelled by boat to settle in Argentina. Tennis-wise, clay is Schwartzman’s preferred surface but he still ought to be too formidable a foe for Brit Broady, who had an excellent first-round win.

Germany’s Otte came within a whisker of an upset at the preceding Grand Slam, the French Open, when he took the opening two sets off Alexander Zverev in their first-round match only for Zverev to bounce back.

A Wimbledon qualifier, he made no secret of his respect for Murray – having found the documentary on his recovery from hip surgery an emotional watch.

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