Top Matches to Watch on Wimbledon Day 3: Sinner, Berrettini, Osaka, and More

Wimbledon 2024 Day 3 Showdown: With several highly anticipated matchups, Wimbledon guarantees excitement as Day 3 approaches. A sneak peek at three highly anticipated matches:

Gael Monfils vs Stan Wawrinka, Naomi Osaka vs Emma Navarro, and Jannik Sinner vs Matteo Berrettini.

Navarro, 23, will provide everything else—touch, slice, speed, and point construction—while Osaka, 26, will provide the power. Who will the grass hurt or help more? Photo Credit: © 2024 Robert Prange

Navarro vs Osaka Naomi

A match involving players outside the Top 15 who haven’t achieved much success at Wimbledon seldom takes place on Centre Court. However, it’s interesting to witness Naomi Osaka and Emma Navarro’s first meeting.

Naomi Osaka (Age 26): Osaka’s aggressive style has two drawbacks despite her reputation for strong groundstrokes. The match will probably be determined by her ability to dominate or falter.
Emma Navarro (Age 23): With her dexterity, clever point construction, and remarkable quickness, Navarro offers a different set of skills. Her flexibility and recent performance indicate that she can compete with Osaka’s power play.

Both players will face distinct challenges on the grass court. Will Navarro’s all-around skill upset Osaka’s rhythm, or will Osaka’s strength win out? Navarro may have the advantage because of her stellar season and ability to unsettle heavy hitters like Aryna Sabalenka. Predicted Winner: Navarro

Matteo Berrettini vs Jannik Sinner

The highlight of the second round is expected to be the all-Italian match between Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini on Centre Court.

Jannik Sinner (World No. 1):  The highest-ranked player in the world, has risen to the top quickly. He’s been in great form and defeated Berrettini in their lone prior meeting.
Matteo Berrettini: Despite a string of injuries, Berrettini is still a strong opponent on grass, as seen by his 2021 Wimbledon runner-up result.

Serve-return dynamics will determine the outcome of this match. While both players have strong serves, Sinner is the clear favorite because to his better return game and steady play when things become tight. Predicted Winner: Sinner

Stan Wawrinka vs Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils and Stan Wawrinka, who together have 76 years of experience and a long career, square off in a nostalgic match.

Gael Monfils (Age 37): Despite aging and injuries, Monfils, who is well-known for his athleticism and flair, has maintained more of his physicality.
Stan Wawrinka (39 years old): Wawrinka is well-known for his powerful one-handed backhand and his unwavering competitive spirit.

They have a 3-3 record against each other, but they have never prevailed in a five-setter. This might be the game where they do in the end. It should be an exciting matchup, with Wawrinka’s competitive advantage tipping the scales just a little bit. Predicted Winner: Wawrinka

Also Read: Naomi Osaka Secures First Wimbledon Win Since 2018 Against Diane Parry

Francisco Comesana’s Breakthrough Win Against Andrey Rublev at Wimbledon

An important turning point in the Argentine’s career was reached when Francisco Comesana defeated World No. 6 Andrey Rublev in a thrilling match at Wimbledon, his first win at the tour level.

Top Matches to Watch on Wimbledon Day 3: Sinner, Berrettini, Osaka, and More
Since winning the Mutua Madrid Open, Rublev has now lost to two opponents who are not in the top 100. Photo Credit: © AFP via Getty Images

Comesana had a difficult season on the circuit this year before making his Wimbledon debut; he was unable to score a victory during the Golden Swing in South America. He lost to the 245th-ranked Charles Bloom in the opening round of the Eastbourne qualifying tournament, which was a disheartening experience leading up to Wimbledon.

In spite of these disappointments, the 23-year-old made a breakthrough into the Top 100 this spring, which secured him a place in Wimbledon’s main draw.

Comesana gave a performance that would define his career on Tuesday when he took the court at the All England Club, the legendary No. 2 Court. Comesana upset sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev with a score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (5) in a match that lasted less than three hours. His 46 victories and 21 aces, balanced by 38 unintentional errors, were the main factors in the victory.

Comesana, who was ranked 122nd, displayed incredible tenacity by preserving eight of ten break points. He fought off a set point at 4-5 in the fourth set and went on to take a 5-3 lead in the tiebreak, displaying nerves of steel. Rublev leveled the tiebreak, but his fate was sealed on match point when he mishandled a backhand slice.

“Playing here was my ideal venue. I’m overjoyed. After the game, an exuberant Comesana told the crowd, “I don’t know what to say now.”

After winning the Mutua Madrid Open, Rublev has now lost twice to opponents rated outside of the Top 100. Prior to this year, Rublev had a 19-8 record on grass, two second-place finishes at Halle, and a 2023 Wimbledon quarterfinal participation. But since the French Open, he has lost three straight matches, which is a considerable decline in form.

The next opponent for Comesana is Adam Walton, a first-time major match winner who just defeated Federico Coria in straight sets. Tennis enthusiasts will be watching Comesana closely to see whether he can build on this historic win as he attempts to prolong his Wimbledon career.

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