Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Wimbledon's Manic Monday slightly less manic

LONDON — It won't quite be Manic Monday at Wimbledon, but close.

The second Monday at the Grand Slam tournament has been dubbed that because all 32 remaining players in the singles draw usually play their fourth-round matches that day after a rest day Sunday.

But with rain stopping third-round play Saturday for nearly five hours on all but the covered Centre Court, several matches were postponed or suspended. So only 30 singles players will hit the courts at the All England Club today, and several others will have the day off while their section of the draw is settled.

Here are other things to know about the seventh day of play at Wimbledon:

STREAKS MEET: Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion who has won 22 of 23 matches since April, including the French Open final, plays Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber is 7-1 in this grass-court season.

TSONGA REDEMPTION?: Novak Djokovic goes into his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a sore left arm after a fall in Friday's match against Gilles Simon. Djokovic said ultrasounds show no major issues. Tsonga won just six games from Djokovic in a fourth-round loss at the French Open this month.

FRUSTRATING TIMES: China's Peng Shuai plays 2011 champion Petra Kvitova trying to end her drought in quarterfinals at Grand Slam tournaments. Peng is playing in her 36th major, and her best results are five fourth-round appearances, three of them at Wimbledon.

LONG MATCH: Kei Nishikori and Simone Bolelli will resume their marathon third-round match level 3-3 in the fifth set. Taking into account Sunday's day off, the start-to-finish time of the match will stretch to nearly 48 hours.

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Key matchups

Men: Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14); Andy Murray (3) vs. Kevin Anderson (20); Stan Wawrinka (5) vs. Denis Istomin; John Isner (9) vs. Feliciano Lopez (19)

Women: Agnieska Radwanska (4) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (22); Maria Sharapova (5) vs. Angelique Kerber (9); Petra Kvitova (6) vs. Peng Shuai

TV: 7 a.m., ESPN; 8 a.m., ESPN2; 11:30 a.m., ESPNEWS

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