Wimbledon Championships 2021 Day 5: Men’s Schedule and Predictions For Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andrey Rublev, and Others

Published 07/01/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia (R) shakes hands with Andy Murray of Great Britain(L) after winning during their tennis match on the final match at the Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, capital of Qatar, on January 07, 2017. Novak Djokovic won the title 2-1 (Xinhua/Nikku) (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)


The Wimbledon Championships 2021 has already witnessed some quite intriguing matches till now. However, given we’re just a few days into the Major, there is surely a lot more exciting stuff to come. Day 5 of the event will feature some riveting matches, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Diego Schwartzman, and Andrey Rublev.

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Novak Djokovic v Denis Kudla

While Novak Djokovic has been brilliant at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 so far, he’ll be up against another in-form player, Denis Kudla, in the third round.

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The American defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round of the tournament and thrashed Andreas Seppi in straight sets in the second round.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first-round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs

As of now, World No.1 Djokovic leads the head-to-head battle at 2-0. Moreover, the Serb also has a victory over Kudla on the grass Major, having battled past him in the second round of Wimbledon 2019.

Final Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets

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Andy Murray v Denis Shapovalov

In probably the most exciting match on day five of Wimbledon 2021, an experienced and resurgent Andy Murray will go up against a next-gen superstar, Denis Shapovalov.

While Murray won a five-set marathon against Germany’s Oscar Otte in the second round, Shapovalov was lucky as he got a walkover against Pablo Andujar.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021. Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his second-round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Toby Melville

The two will be face-off each other for the very first time at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Keeping his record in mind, it’ll be Murray who will surely begin the match as the favorite.

Final Prediction: Andy Murray to win in five sets

Andrey Rublev v Fabio Fognini

Another classic encounter will follow the match between Murray and Shapovalov as World No.7 Andrey Rublev will face Fabio Fognini. Rublev has been brilliant on the court since the beginning of the Grand Slam and crushed Lloyd Harris in straight sets in the second round.

On the other hand, Fognini hasn’t faced a tough opponent yet and the match against Rublev might prove to be a big test of his temperament.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021. Russia’s Andrey Rublev in action during his quarter-final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Albert Gea

Head-to-head, the Italian leads the battle 5-2 at the moment. However, this will be the first time when the two will cross their paths on grass. Their last battle was at the ATP Cup 2021 where the Russian steamrolled over the Italian player.

Final Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win in four sets

Diego Schwartzman v Marton Fucsovics

Having just lost a single set in the tournament so far, Diego Schwartzman is playing amazingly well on grass this season. Even though he didn’t play at any of the grass-court tournaments before Wimbledon9, he has played some great forehands in the Major so far.

He’ll be up against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics who shocked the tennis world after defeating Jannik Sinner in the first round.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021. Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman reacts during his quarter-final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Schwartzman currently leads the head-to-head battle 1-0. Before this, the two had met at the French Open 2019, where the Argentine defeated Fucsovics in four sets.

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Final Prediction: Diego Schwartzman to win in straight sets

Day 5 certainly promises to keep the fans on the edge of their seats with an intriguing lineup of matches in store. It also remains to be seen if the courts will remain as unforgiving as they’ve been in the past few days or if they become a little less slippery with time.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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