We have picked out three selections from day five at Wimbledon.
The third round at Wimbledon starts today and we have three more tips from another sunny day at the All England Club.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is in action on Centre Court, but we have picked out three other matches from the men’s draw, starting with the clash between Fernando Verdasco and Thomas Fabbiano.
Fernando Verdasco vs Thomas Fabbiano
Verdasco took advantage of an ailing Kyle Edmund to win from two sets down in the second round and we suspect he could be in for another long afternoon today.
The Spaniard has developed a reputation at Wimbledon for long matches with four of his last eight going the distance and only two finishing in straight sets.
Both of Fabbiano’s wins against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ivo Karlovic went to five sets and in their only previous encounter in Dubai earlier this year, Verdasco came from behind to beat the Italian in three.
It all adds up to a big scrap on Court Three, so we kick off Friday’s tips by predicting a five-setter.
Kevin Anderson vs Guido Pella
Anderson’s odds are very short for a player who only returned to the tour a couple of weeks ago after spending nearly three months on the sidelines with an elbow injury.
Last year’s finalist scraped past British number two Cameron Norrie at Queen’s and then lost to Gilles Simon in three, while this week he beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert comfortably before taking four sets to get past injury-prone Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
Pella lost both of his matches against David Goffin and Taylor Fritz in the build-up to Wimbledon but there’s no disgrace in those defeats, and his hard-fought wins against Marius Copil and Andreas Seppi means he has equalled last year’s best performance.
The Argentinean is better known as a clay-court player, but he is fancied to get at least a set off the fourth-seeded South African.
Karen Khachanov vs Roberto Bautista Agut
This should be another close encounter between two players that have enjoyed some excellent duels in the last few years.
Bautista Agut leads 3-2 in the head to head as they prepare to meet for the third time this year, with Khachanov avenging a straight-sets defeat at the Australian Open with a comeback win at the Rome Masters, their third match which has gone the distance.
In their only previous meeting on grass, Bautista Agut came out on top in three sets so a five-set battle looks a reasonable assumption.
The Spaniard has won both of his matches in straight sets, but Khachanov needed four to get past both Kwon Soon-woo and Feliciano Lopez, who won both the singles and doubles titles at Queen’s last week.
Fernando Verdasco vs Thomas Fabbiano five sets
Guido Pella to win at least a set vs Kevin Anderson
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Karen Khachanov five sets
Both of Thomas Fabbiano’s matches at Wimbledon have gone to five sets.
Kevin Anderson has played just four matches since the end of March and dropped at least a set on three occasions.
Three of the five matches between Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov have gone the distance.