Top 6 matches: Wimbledon 2016 Round 2

Published 06/29/2016, 8:23 AM EDT


The Wimbledon fever has just begun, and we are already heading towards the second round of the tournament. We at Essentially Sports look at The Top 6 matches of round 2 at Wimbledon 2016.

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1. Roger Federer (SUI) vs Marcus Willis (GBR)

The World no. 772 Marcus Willis (pictured above) takes on World no.3 Roger Federer.

Marcus Willis’s story is right out of a fairytale. Just a few months back he had considered quitting the tour, and here he is now, about to face the Maestro, Federer. After having played through six gruelling rounds of qualifying, and beating World no. 54 Richard Berankis in the first round, the world no. 772 is all set to face arguably the greatest grass-court player of all time in the Wimbledon lawns.

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Meanwhile, Federer strolled past his first round opponent Guido Pella of Argentina. Federer is very keen to face Marcus and even happens to find his story to be ‘very cool’.

This second round matchup seems to be a rather interesting one, one that should definitely not be missed.

2. J. Del Potro (ARG) vs Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

Juan Martin Del Potro will look to be back at his best against a formidable Stan Wawrinka.

This is probably the most exciting matchup in round 2. Del Potro, who is making a comeback after a 2-year long injury layoff will look to be returning to his best against Wawrinka, who has produced some sensational tennis in the past two years. Del Potro, a former US Open champion, breezed into the second round of The Championships beating Stephane Roberts of France in straight sets. Meanwhile, Wawrinka beat American teenager Taylor Fritz in sets of four to set up a Del Potro clash.

It is going to a clash between Del Potro’s cannon like forehand against Wawrinka’s rocket backhand. A power packed matchup makes this clash a must see. WARNING: MISS IT AT YOUR OWN RISK

3. N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs Dustin Brown (GER)

Nick Kyrgios will face Dustin Brown in a ‘Battle of the Nadal slayers’.

The two players have one thing in common : They have defeated Rafael Nadal in the courts of Wimbledon. While Kyrgios had slain Nadal in 2014, Brown did it in 2015. It just seems fitting that while Nadal isn’t playing the tournament this year, the two are set to face each other.

Often touted as the future of tennis, young gun Kyrgios will be hoping to have a better showing at the Grand Slams. The Aussie has produced upsets after upsets this year, and will hope to improve on his quarterfinal showing of 2014. He beat Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in four sets and will seek to go on showcasing his aggressive style of play. Meanwhile, Brown is capable of producing entertaining tennis and has produced some fabulous matches in the past. He defeated Dusan Lajovic in 5 sets in the first round and will certainly be looking to cause more upsets.

It is quite certain that The Battle of the Nadal slayers is going to be a rather entertaining one.

4. Simona Halep (ROU)  vs F. Schiavone (ITA)

Simona Halep (above) meets Francesca Schiavone in round 2 of Wimbledon 2016.

Simona Halep is seeking her first Grand Slam title, and will have to face Italian veteran and former French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone in Round 2 in the process. The Romanian first arrived on the tennis scene in 2013, and there has been no stopping her since. However, her quest for an elusive first grand slam continues. Schiavone, on the other hand, has not been as consistent and a dip in form has seen her ranking slump to World no.94, certainly nowhere near her career best of world no.4.

It’s going to be a battle between the aggressive Romanian youngster and the experienced Italian veteran in an exciting round 2 matchup.

5. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)

Grigor Dimitrov will look to come back to form against Gilles Simon.

They’ve already met twice this year, with the record standing one a piece. Dimitrov, a former junior Wimbledon champion has had a forgetful season, and will look to bounce back and perform to his potential. Simon is known to be a fighter, and doesn’t give up points too easily, let alone matches. Since both the players have strong movements around the court and excellent shots up their sleeve, it could be a highly competitive and unpredictable match, with the result going either way.

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6. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] vs Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Austrian Player Dominic Thiem (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for LTA)

It’s going to be a battle of the youngsters when Thiem will take on Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic. Thiem has been in scintillating form this year having won four titles coupled with a semifinal showing in the French Open. He has won the most matches this season with 47 matches. But he faces fellow 22 year old and 2013 ATP Star of Tommorow winner Jiri Vesely. Vesely has had just the 11 wins this year but he caused a sensational upset when he defeated World no.1 in the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year for the biggest win of his career.

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A clash of two future superstars, this match is certainly going to be electrifying, and must be seen at all costs.

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Rahul Prakash

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Rahul is a tennis enthusiast and loves to write about sports in general. His inspirations are Rafael Nadal, Michael Phelps and Roger Federer.

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