By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Cameron Norrie v Kei Nishikori [8]
  • Dan Evans v Nikoloz Basilashvili [18]
  • Jay Clarke [WC] v Roger Federer [2]
WIMBLEDON, UK – The three remaining British men do battle against the seeds for their chance to reach the third round.

 

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Cameron Norrie v Kei Nishikori [8] | First meeting

It was a confident first win at Wimbledon for Cameron Norrie against Denis Istomin, and for that he earns a match-up against Kei Nishikori. Always a solid opponent in a Slam, in their first meeting he can expect to face the speed and agility of Nishikori.

The Japanese player might lack the potent serving of some of the taller guys on the tour, but what he lacks in power he makes up for in fleetness of foot, and precision with his shot placement.

Norrie is capable in all departments and maybe his style of play matches up better to someone who can do most things well across the board. Nishikori had his best result here last year when he reached the quarter-final and has been a mostly consistent third- or fourth-rounder so expect him to perhaps take the upper hand here.

Prediction: Nishikori in straight sets.

 

Dan Evans v Nikoloz Basilashvili [18] | First meeting

Dan Evans in the first round of the Nature Valley International, Eastbourne 2019

Dan Evans in the first round of the Nature Valley International, Eastbourne 2019 | (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

The No. 18 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili denied us an all British clash, and thus a guaranteed Brit into the third round, when he overcame a slow start against James Ward and came back from two sets down to beat the Brit in five sets.

However, Dan Evans has been in superb form since he hit the grass, now having won 13 out of his last 15 matches on grass, in stark contrast to the Georgian, who has just one his first round at Wimbledon of the three matches he has played on the green stuff.

There is no doubt that Evans is far more grass match fit and has more than enough variety to challenge Basilashvili.

Prediction: Evans in four sets.

 

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Jay Clarke [WC] v Roger Federer [2] | First meeting

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It has already been a great tournament for Jay Clarke, who advanced past the first round of Wimbledon on his third attempt. He came back from a set down to beat Noah Rubin for a shot at Roger Federer. On grass. In his wheelhouse!

For Clarke it will be a monumental experience, and it is one he is already learning well from, having kicked on since last year to win two Challenger titles, and now able to skip the lower tournaments and enter tour level qualifying events – which is his goal to improve.

The fact that it is Federer, who is bidding for a ninth Wimbledon title, is not something that is phasic Clarke, despite the fact he looked up to him when he was younger.

He said: “It’s going to be a good match. Obviously, I’ve watched a lot of him growing up, so it’s not like there’s going to be any surprises on what he does. He won juniors the year I was born. Yeah, I always looked up to him. Tried to copy a lot of the stuff he does. But, yeah, I did that with all the big ones, to be honest.

“I’ll analyse a lot. I’ll get some stats from a few people. I’ll ask probably Andy, a few of the players that have played him, the guy [he] played today, because I know Lloyd [Harris] quite well. I’ll do some research myself.

“I do that for every player. I do that all the way through challengers. Process is when I find out the draw, I’ll watch, like, when they win the tournament, how they play through that, like 20 minutes of each match. When they go on a losing streak, I’ll watch what they do there, look for their best shots, stuff like that. Obviously, it’s more like you have to do it against the better players. But there’s nothing worse than not being prepared.”

Prediction: Federer in straight sets.

Play begins on Day Four at 11am on all but Centre Court and Court No. 1, which starts at 1pm, BST.

 

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