Djokovic, Federer hope to avoid Nadal's fate

Djokovic, Federer hope to avoid Nadal's fate
By Reuters

29/06/2012 at 16:49Updated 29/06/2012 at 16:51

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer return to centre stage at Wimbledon on Friday hoping to avoid the fate that befell Rafael Nadal who was sent packing by little known Czech gun-slinger Lukas Rosol.

The two remaining members of tennis's big three will know that whoever reaches this year's final will be an overwhelming favourite given the Mallorcan's battler's shock demise under the Centre Court lights on Thursday.

"It is only a tennis match," was Nadal's philosophical take on being jettisoned in the tournament's second round.

"You win, you lose. Last four months were great for me....

"You arrive here, and a little bit of everything. You play against an inspired opponent and I am out. That's all. It is not a tragedy."

Djokovic, who faces 28th seeded Czech Radek Stepanek, and Federer, who takes on France's Julien Benneteau, have both looked in imperious form and not dropped a set in their opening two matches.

In the women's draw, world number one Maria Sharapova is back in action after returning on Thursday to finish off Tsvetana Pironkova, and plays Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei on Court One in her third round clash.

Centre Court 1:00 PM Start Time

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v Radek Stepanek (CZE)[28]

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[3] v Heather Watson (GBR)

Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v Julien Benneteau (FRA)[29]

No. 1 Court 1:00 PM Start Time

Sam Querrey (USA) v Milos Raonic (CAN)[21] To Finish 6-7(3) 7-6(7) 3-3

Maria Sharapova (RUS)[1] v Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)

Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[12] v Kim Clijsters (BEL)

Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[12] v Richard Gasquet (FRA)[18]

No. 2 Court 11:30 AM Start Time

Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Juan Monaco (ARG)[15]

Christina McHale (USA)[28] v Angelique Kerber (GER)[8]

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[26] v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8]

No. 3 Court 11:30 AM Start Time

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)[15]

Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[17] v Xavier Malisse (BEL)

Nadia Petrova (RUS)[20] v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Court 12 11:30 AM Start Time

Women's doubles match

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)[26] v Jana Cepelova (SVK) To Finish 7-6(7) 6-7(5)

Shuai Peng (CHN)[30] v Arantxa Rus (NED)

Florian Mayer (GER)[31] v Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

Court 18 11:30 AM Start Time

Women's doubles match

Alejandro Falla (COL) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[17]