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Wimbledon 2023 Day 5 Predictions

by Alex Mann

Another exciting day at the third Grand Slam of the year. Here are our Wimbledon 2023 Day 5 Predictions, courtesy of Alex Mann.

Wimbledon 2023 Day 5 Predictions

To check the order of play, you can go to the Wimbledon official website.

Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs Alexandre Muller

After a two-day rest, the world number 1 returns to the courts of Wimbledon to face Frenchman Alexandre Muller. Muller put in an excellent performance to defeat fellow countryman, Arthur Rinderknech in four sets to reach the second round of a major for only the second time in his career. He will need to play his best-ever tennis if he is to take out Alcaraz. Alcaraz dropped only seven games in his first-round match as he sent Jeremy Chardy into his singles retirement. I expect this to be another demolition job from the young Spaniard.

Prediction – Alcaraz to win in 3 sets

Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) vs Andy Murray

Tsitsipas and Murray continue their battle, held over from yesterday. The Brit leads two sets to 1, but this is far from a gone conclusion. Murray will continue to exploit the Greek’s backhand which was a liability at times during the first three sets. Tsitsipas, on the other hand, will be looking to bring his forehand into play at every opportunity to dictate the points and pile pressure on Murray’s service games. I will have to stick with yesterday’s prediction.

Prediction – Murray to win in 5 sets

Iga Swiatek (1) vs Petra Martic

Swiatek will be hoping for another near-perfect performance against Martic. In the first-round, the world number 1 dispatched Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 6-0 while Martic had to come back from a set down to beat Diane Parry 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Swiatek has a 2-0 head to head against Martic and I expect the Pole to make it three in a row.

Prediction – Swiatek to win in 2 sets

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Stan Wawrinka

Djokovic came through a tough three-set match against the serve and volley Jordan Thompson, winning 6-3, 7-6, 7-5. He now faces former 3-time major winner Stan Wawrinka who backed up his stellar performance against Ruusuvuori, defeating 29th seed Etcheverry in four sets. Wimbledon is the only major title missing from Wawrinka’s collection. His best result at the All England Club was back in 2015 and 2015 when he made back-back quarter-finals. However, two of his three major wins have come against Djokovic so he knows how to beat the Serb. Unfortunately for Wawrinka, he’s not the same player he once was and Djokovic is arguably better than ever.

Prediction – Djokovic to win in three sets

Aryna Sabalenka (2) vs Varvara Gracheva

Gracheva produced a stunning upset in the first-round beating seasoned gras-courter Camila Giorgi. Sabalenka looks to be playing some of her best tennis, even this early in the tournament. The Belarusian dropped four games during her first-round win. This will be another Sabalenka masterclass.

Prediction – Sabalenka to win in 2 sets

Cameron Norrie (12) vs Chris Eubanks

The Brit came through a tough four-set match in the first-round and this won’t be much easier. Eubanks is at a career high of 43 in the world and won the grass tournament in Mallorca last week. This will be a tussle but Norrie has the higher level of tennis, so should come through this match.

Prediction – Norrie in 4 sets

Ons Jabeur (6) vs Zhuoxuan Bai

Ons Jabeur will look to conjure her magic against the world number 191. Bai won three matches to qualify for her first major tournament and backed this up with a great two sets win against Ysaline Bonaventure. Bai has nothing to lose in this match so could be a danger if Jabeur is slightly off. However, the Tunisian looked very impressive in her first-round match and is one of the best grass-court players in the world so should win this convincingly.

Prediction – Jabeur to win in two sets

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