Wimbledon Day 5 Preview

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Novak DjokovicAfter the drama that unfolded late last night on centre court, it will be difficult to follow it up on Friday, however there are a few mouth-watering clashes that should catch the public's eye. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is up first on centre court against the No. 28 seed Radek Stepanek (Novak Djokovic 1/50 to beat Radek Stepanek). The world No. 1 will believe this tournament is his for the taking once again after his main rival's exit last night, however he hasn't been at the top of his game in the last two rounds and he will need a better performance if he wants to come through this third round match unscathed. Following that match we have the only British women left in the draw with Heather Watson up against the No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska (Heather Watson 9/2 to beat Radwanska). Watson has done remarkably well to reach this stage, however she will need one of her best ever performances to come through this match against Radwanska he has been on good form so far. The final match is Roger Federer who is going for his seventh Wimbledon title, up against the Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Federer has made light work of his opening two rounds and another straight sets win looks to be on the cards here (Roger Federer 1/4 to win 3-0).

There's plenty of other notable match-ups on day five with Maria Sharapova also in action after coming through yesterday in three sets. She will face the relatively unknown Su-Wei Hsieh and will be confident of making it into the draw for the last 16 (Maria Sharapova 1/33 to beat Su-Wei Hsieh). The 12th and 18th seed go head to head in the final match of the day on court one in what should be a gruelling encounter between Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro. Gasquet should have the edge on a grass court against the Spaniard who is much more fond of the red dirt (Richard Gasquet 1/2 to beat Nicolas Almagro). Two seeds also face off in the final match of the day on Court Two, with Mikhail Youzhny up against the No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic. With Youzhny having won their last two meetings and having the superior grass court record he may well be the value call on day five (Mikhail Youzhny 13/8 to beat Janko Tipsarevic).

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