Novak Djokovic Wimbledon Second Round

Wimbledon Day 5 predictions including Novak Djokovic vs Miomir Kecmanovic

Novak Djokovic fights fellow Serbian player Miomir Kecmanovic in the third round Wimbledon while David Goffin takes on Ugo Humbert. We make predictions for every third round match at the Wimbledon Championships, including John Isner versus Jannik Sinner.

Novak Djokovic versus Miomir Kecmanovic

Shane Black: Novak Djokovic, number 1 seed, was dialed in in the first two rounds. He definitely senses this is a great opportunity to claim his 21st Grand Slam title in a wide-open Wimbledon draw. 22-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic seems poised to be the next big Serb on tour, but Djokovic isn’t ready to give up his crown just yet. Djokovic in 3

Damian Kust: Miomir Kecmanovic did well to come here but his draw was pretty favourable. The Serb plays a very consistent and balanced game, but on grass he probably can’t hurt Novak Djokovic much. Even if the Top Seed gets into trouble, they should easily find a way out. Djokovic in 3

Jakub Bobro: Djokovic looked very solid in his second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis after losing a set in his opener. The Serb has previously played compatriot Kecmanovic twice, both times in Belgrade. Kecmanovic won a set there this season but it’s hard to see how he can injure Djokovic on grass. Djokovic in 3

Ugo Humbert vs David Goffin

Shane: After some career lows in the first half of 2022, Ugo Humbert has turned things around in London. The Frenchman edged out No. 3 seed Casper Ruud in four sets in the last round and seems to be gaining confidence on a surface he has always favored. David Goffin has also been feeling very comfortable with his two straight wins this week. I take Humbert into what I consider a coin toss of a match. Humbert in the 5th

Damian: It wasn’t easy, but Ugo Humbert finally got some wins in an otherwise miserable season. The Frenchman has a lot of potential on grass but he’s really struggling for confidence now. Has he picked up enough steam to worry David Goffin, who has been dominant so far and is a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist? Probably not. Goffin in the 4th

Jakub: The struggling Frenchman finally looks like he’s turned things around this season, beating third-placed Casper Ruud in four sets. However, Goffin has looked very solid in wins over Radu Albot and Sebastian Baez but is yet to drop a set. It should be an entertaining game and I see the Belgian coming out on top. Goffin in the 4th

Frances Tiafoe versus Alexander Bublik

Shane: Two of the most entertaining players on the tour meet for the second time this grass court season. Alexander Bublik defeated Frances Tiafoe at Eastbourne a couple of weeks ago but the stakes are much higher in this go-around. Bublik has top ten talent when he’s firing on all cylinders like he did in London. With that in mind, I think the American’s ability to keep his head level in a potentially grueling match could make all the difference. Tiafoe in the 5th

Damian: Neither player has dropped a set so far and both are capable of landing a deep run. Their match looks like a complete throw, although Alexander Bublik doesn’t always come through mentally, but has been in slightly better shape over the past few months. I have faith that the Kazakh will show up, although that has often ended badly in the past. Bublik in the 5th

Jakub: Tiafoe didn’t drop a set against qualifiers Andrea Vavassori and Maximilian Marterer and is now preparing a popcorn match with Bublik. The Kazakh is a well-known showman on the pitch but has shown a surprising amount of concentration so far, beating Marton Fucsovics and Dusan Lajovic in straight sets. Bublik won 6-0 in the third last week when they met at Eastbourne but I see Tiafoe outclassing him here. Tiafoe in the 5th

Cameron Norrie vs. Steve Johnson

Shane: Cameron Norrie needs to count his blessings after coming back from two sets to one in Round 2. The top-ranked Briton sits in a very open section of the draw that doesn’t rank him against a top-20 seed until a possible semi-final matchup with Novak Djokovic. His Round 3 opponent, Steve Johnson, would probably have been eliminated already if Grigor Dimitrov hadn’t injured himself in Round 1. Norrie should pull away in the end. Norrie in the 4th

Damian: Cameron Norrie had to go up to five sets to beat Jaume Munar but came through. The Brit has an incredible chance of reaching the semis here but he needs to play at his top level to get there. Steve Johnson has a nice turf skillset with the slice and serve and forehand combo, but I’d say Norrie is cleaning up his game. Norrie in the 4th

Jakub: Johnson was knocked out by Grigor Dimitrov in the first round, but outplayed tricky wildcard Ryan Peniston in the second round. Norrie was embroiled in a five-set battle with clay-court specialist Jaume Munar, despite dominating sets four and five. Johnson will be an interesting challenge for Norrie after such a long game but the Briton is known for his stamina. Norrie in the 4th

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