The third day of Wimbledon 2012 had some ups and downs. Rain won to some extent as quite a few matches weren't played. But there were also some excellent matches that were played, a few upsets and some typical beatdowns.
I think Thursday's matches will be very good, and if the rain holds off, fans will be treated to a great, action-packed day of tennis. As for me, I rebounded well with my picks and I'm now 18-9 for the tournament. Here's my look at Thursday's matches.
No. 6 Serena Williams vs. Melinda Czink: Czink doesn't really have much to hurt Williams. Czink has been around for a while, but I just can't see Williams losing this match.
Winner: Williams in two sets
No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Ivo Karlovic: Karlovic will test Murray's great return skills, or maybe you could say Murray's return skills will test Karlovic's big serve. Either way, this should be a good match.
Winner: Murray in four sets
No. 10 Mardy Fish vs. James Ward: Fish is on the comeback trail after heart troubles, and he didn't look real sharp in his opening-round match. The crowd will be behind Ward, but I think Fish will have a slight edge.
Winner: Fish in five sets
No. 21 Milos Raonic vs. Sam Querrey: This should be a serve fest. I don't expect many breaks of serve. In fact, there might be none until the fifth set. I like Raonic's serve a little more than Querrey's.
Winner: Raonic in five sets
No. 14 Ana Ivanovic vs. Kateryna Bondarenko: This could be a really tricky match for Ivanovic. She had a three-setter in her opening round, and I could see another one coming in the second.
Winner: Ivanovic in three sets
Jarkko Nieminen vs. Brian Baker: This is a great opportunity for the American. After a good clay-court season, Baker has the chance to show he can really make it on the ATP Tour. Nieminen is a tough veteran, though, and I think his experience will be the difference.
Winner: Nieminen in five sets
No. 9 Marion Bartoli vs. Mirjana Lucic: Bartoli loves to play on the grass. She is not getting much attention, but don't count the Frenchwoman out of making a big run in this tournament.
Winner: Bartoli in two sets
Grigor Dimitrov vs. Marcos Baghdatis: These two shotmakers always delight the crowd. I expect this to be a very entertaining and competitive match.
Winner: Dimitrov in four sets
Tamira Paszek vs. Alize Cornet: Will Paszek keep it together after her sensational win over Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday? Yes, she will. Paszek could go quite a ways in this tournament.
Winner: Paszek in two sets
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Varvara Lepchenko: This should be a high-quality match. Pavlyuchenkova played very well in her first-round match. Lepchenko has played well most of the year. I think Pavlyuchenkova may be starting to turn her season around.
Winner: Pavlyuchenkova in three sets
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