The waiting game: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put their feet up, but it’s still a busy day ahead at a rain-interrupted Wimbledon
Second seed Andy Murray headlines the day’s play on centre court at SW19, but heavy rain means some players have not even started their first round matches
While Novak Djokovic – he of the 30 match grand slam winning streak – and Roger Federer can relax and enjoy their places in Wimbledon’s third round, there are more than two dozen players still stuck in the opening round.
That includes eight women who enter on Thursday without having played a single point at the grass court tournament thanks to plenty of rain, among them number 11 seed Timea Bacsinszky and 31st seed Kristina Mladenovic.
While every man has at least started his first round match, 12 head into day four needing to complete those contests.
The top American man, 18th seed John Isner, has finished only one full set against Marcos Baghdatis, taking it in a tiebreaker. They are scheduled to resume on Thursday – weather permitting, of course – with Baghdatis ahead 3-1 in the second.
Mikhail Youzhny and Horacio Zeballos are also in the second set of their first round match. And the list goes on and on.
In all, there are 28 players who are hoping to get out of the first round on Thursday.
All of the wet weather wreaked so much havoc with the schedule that the first round of men’s doubles matches were reduced from best of five sets to best of three.
And the worst news of all? The long range forecast shows there is a chance of rain every day through next Tuesday.
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Here is what else to look for at Wimbledon on Thursday:
Top seed Djokovic and third seed Federer got to enjoy the protection of the centre court roof on Wednesday and completed their matches while there was under two hours of play elsewhere on the grounds. Second seed Andy Murray gets the same treatment on Thursday. He’ll be playing his second round match against 76th ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan. Murray has lost only one match at any grand slam tournament to a player ranked that low, and it was more than a decade ago, against 92st seed Arnaud Clement at the 2005 US Open.
Serena and Venus Williams are scheduled to play doubles on Thursday, part of their reunion tour this season before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In singles, though, six-time Wimbledon champion Serena gets the day off, while five-time champ Venus, who is seeded eighth, takes on 115th ranked Maria Sakkari in a second round match. Sakkari will be trying to become the first Greek woman to reach the third round at a major since Eleni Daniilidou at Wimbledon in 2005.
BOUCHARD v KONTA
Two women who closed out rain-interrupted first round victories on Wednesday are back in action when 16th seed Johanna Konta – the first British woman seeded at the All England Club since Jo Durie in 1984 – faces 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard.