Alex Mann is back with his daily Wimbledon predictions. What do you think of his Wimbledon 2022 Day 3 Predictions?
WIMBLEDON 2022 DAY 3 PREDICTIONS
The second day of the Championships didn't disappoint, with the final round-one matches providing us with some spectacular moments in another action-packed day of play.
Iga Swiatek continued her impressive form, Nadal overcame an inspired Cerundolo to progress and Serena returned with an epic performance, narrowly losing to Harmony Tan.
The withdrawal of Berrettini and Cilic due to Covid-19 will be a loss to the tournament, but the stacked order of play on day three should compensate for some of this.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Thanasi Kokkinakis
Looking to improve on his first-round performance, Djokovic faces the charismatic Thanasi Kokkinakis. A promising youngster, multiple career-threatening injuries have prevented Kokkinakis from reaching his potential. This year has been different. He won his first tour-level title in his home city of Adelaide and won the Australian Open Doubles title with Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic has played the Australian before in the third round of Roland Garros in 2015. If Kokkinakis remains fit and plays freely, he could steal a set from the world number 1.
Predictions – Djokovic in 4 sets
Emma Raducanu (10) vs Caroline Garcia
The British number one displayed an amazing performance to dispatch the tricky Alison Van Uytvanck. Raducanu will look to do the same again against the in-form and former world number 4, Caroline Garcia. Garcia won the Bad Homburg grass court tournament and made the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2017. This will be an extremely tough test for Raducanu, but if she plays as well as she did in the first-round, she could win this match.
Predictions – Raducanu in 3 sets
John Isner (20) vs Andy Murray
Andy Murray closes centre court action against the big-serving John Isner. Isner is no stranger to playing on the grass at Wimbledon, having appeared at The All England Club thirteen times. He is probably most remembered for defeating Nicolas Mahut in 2010, a match that lasted 11 hours. Having never lost to Isner in eight meetings, Murray will be hoping to finish the match tonight. Murray loves a target, so expect many passing shots and lobs from the Brit.
Predictions – Murray in 4 sets
Anett Kontaveit (2) vs Jule Niemeier
The second seed, Anett Kontaveit, faces newcomer, Jule Niemeier. Ranked just inside the top 100, Niemeier will be full of confidence. This is only Niemeier's second main draw appearance at a major. After a great end to last year, Kontaveit has struggled to find her form in 2022, but she should win this match comfortably.
Prediction – Kontaveit in 2 sets
Karolína Plíšková (6) vs Tereza Martincová – To finish
A match held over from yesterday, last year's runner-up, Karolina Pliskova took the first set on a tie-break and is level at 5-5 with fellow Czech, Martincova. Pliskova will be hoping to finish the match in two sets.
Prediction – Pliskova in 2 sets
Cameron Norrie (9) vs Jaume Munar
Cameron Norrie takes on clay-court specialist Jaume Munar. Munar doesn't have the grass-court weapons to threaten Norrie, so this should be a straightforward win for the Brit.
Prediction – Norrie in 3 sets
Maria Sakkari (5) vs Viktoriya Tomova
Sakkari made a big statement in her first-round match, only losing five games. She seems to have improved on the grass in the last year and looks ready to go deep in the tournament.
Prediction – Sakkari in 2 sets
Matches to watch
Casper Ruud (3) vs Ugo Humbert
An impressive straight-sets win for Ruud on his least favourite surface. Although Humbert's season had been inconsistent, he is an excellent grass-court player and won Halle last year.
Prediction – Humbert in 5 sets
Carlos Alcaraz (5) vs Tallon Griekspoor
Alcaraz came from behind to beat Struff in the first round, but he faces another tough test against the world number 47, Tallon Griekspoor. Griekspoor has risen the rankings this year and has shown some quality grass-court tennis. Griekspoor defeated Fognini in the first round of The Championships and reached the quarter-final of Mallorca last week. This might be a step too far for the young Spaniard.
Prediction – Griekspoor in 4 sets
Jessica Pegula (8) vs. Donna Vekic
This match was postponed from last night, so here is my prediction from yesterday.
Pegula has reached the quarter-final of the last two majors, but the former number 19, Vekic is experienced on the grass, so she will cause an upset
Prediction – Vekic in 3 sets
Shuai Zhang (33) vs Marta Kostyuk
Kostyuk burst onto the scene in 2018 when she made the third round of the Australian Open at 15, but has struggled to break through in the last few years. The young Ukrainian celebrated her first-round win on her 20th birthday so will be hoping for another present today. Zhang reached the quarter-final of Wimbledon in 2019 and made the quarter-final of Nottingham and the final of Birmingham this year, so her recent form will take her through.
Prediction – Zhang in 3 sets