October 3, 2022

A mix of styles will be showcased on the grass courts at Wimbledon on Day 5 with Round of 16 places on the line. From great serve John Isner to versatile shooter Carlos Alcaraz, Day 5 at Wimbledon has something for everyone. Our panelists predict 5 matches every day including Novak Djokovic vs Miomir Kecmanovic.

John Isner vs. Jannik Sinner

Jakub Bobro: It’s a tough game to call. Sinner only got his first grass-court tour-level victories by beating Stan Wawrinka and Mikael Ymer in the first two rounds here. Isner, meanwhile, had to play five sets against qualifier Enzo Couacaud, but then showed up on center court and beat Andy Murray for the first time in his career. Add to that Sinner’s 6-0 6-2 loss to the American in the Davis Cup last year, and it proves that this game really can go in any direction. I’m going to stick with the American giants here as their Wimbledon experience could come into this game. Isner in 5

Damian Kust: Jannik Sinner picked up his first two grass court wins on the main tour, but this is going to be a very tough game. John Isner’s serve can bring any game closer to a draw and although low grass rebounds don’t necessarily suit the American, if his volley is as good as against Andy Murray, he might be the favorite here. Isner in 5

Shane Black: Jannik Sinner passed the first test without having won a tour-level match on grass before this tournament. That said, the Italian will face his toughest fight yet against John Isner. Isner has batted 89 aces in two games. He played exceptional tennis to defeat Andy Murray in round 2. The American seems very motivated as his career draws to a close, I just think the Italian has too much talent on the court to let Isner beat him at the net . Sinner in 5

Tommy Paul vs. Jiri Vesely

Jakub: Paul has looked solid so far, dispatching both veteran Fernando Verdasco and solid turf player Adrian Mannarino in straight sets. Vesely also started with a three-set victory, knocking out clay-court specialist Federico Coria in the first round. The second match was much more difficult for the Czech, knocking out Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 10-7 in the fifth set tie-break. Vesely won easily when the two faced off at Wimbledon 2019, but Paul won their last meeting in Adelaide earlier this season. Considering Paul’s progress over the past two years and the fact that he will be much fresher than Vesely, that should make him a favorite here. Paul in 4

Damian: Three years ago Jiri Vesely beat Tommy Paul at Wimbledon, but the American has come a long way since then. He could be the dark horse no one is talking about in London this year, although against Vesely’s huge left-handed serve he will have to be very careful. He’s been brilliant so far though. Paul in 4

Shane: Jiri Vesely is back in Round 3 at Wimbledon for the fifth time in his career after a grueling Round 2 win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Tommy Paul, on the other hand, is yet to drop a set on his Wimbledon debut. The American is playing incredibly clean tennis this week, but Vesely has proven to be very tough on the grass. In what is likely a back-and-forth battle, I give the fresher player a slight edge. Paul in 5

Oscar Otte vs. Carlos Alcaraz

Jakub: Otte barely saw the pitch in the first two rounds, spending the least amount of time on the pitch before the third round. The German only allowed Peter Gojowczyk four games in the first round and only played four games in the second round as qualifier Christian Harrison had to withdraw from the game. Alcaraz started with a five-set battle against Jan-Lennard Struff but defeated Tallon Griekspoor in straight sets. The German could bring similar challenges to Struff but on a higher level and that might be enough to stop the teenage phenomenon. Otte in 4

Damian: Carlos Alcaraz is more and more comfortable on the grass and that makes him a very dangerous opponent. But we shouldn’t underestimate Oscar Otte here, who made the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle and has wonderful serve that will put the Spaniard under pressure. Otte’s base games have also improved a lot and he can punish Alcaraz for always trying to find his footing. Otte in 5

Shane: Carlos Alcaraz, seeded No. 5, and Oscar Otte, seeded No. 32, face off in what appears to be one of the few sections of the draw to hold out for two rounds. Otte, who has a career year at 28, will be fresh for this game after Christian Harrison pulled out early in the first set of his last match. On the other hand, Carlos Alcaraz had to work for his two victories and was not the best player in his Round 1 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff. That said, the comfort of Alcaraz seemingly increases exponentially with every game on grass. Alcaraz in 4

Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Tim van Rijthoven

Jakub: Basilashvili really struggled this season to come in but found a way to win at Wimbledon this year, coming back from two sets to one against Lukas Rosol and beating Quentin Halys in four tight sets. Den Bosch champion van Rijthoven was a big use of a joker by the organizers. The Dutchman stunned Reilly Opelka in the second round, winning in four sets. van Rijthoven should be tougher competition than Basilashvili in the first two rounds and I expect him to do week two here. van Rijthoven in 4

Damian: Nikoloz Basilashvili has been through some wild matches so far, beating Lukas Rosol despite tying the points earned and knocking out Quentin Halys despite down 15 points. It will be another service celebration with Tim van Rijthoven who is just as hard to break down as his previous opponents, but is playing with a lot of confidence right now and has a killer backhand. van Rijthoven in 4

Shane: Tim van Rijthoven was the story of the grass season. He picked up his first tour-level win three weeks ago and has been 6-0 since. The No.22 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili, was expected to pick up his first two wins at the All England Club. The Georgian, who is arguably the most inconsistent player in the top 50, will likely struggle against the crowd-backed Dutchman. I see van Rijthoven’s Wildcard run continuing into week two. van Rijthoven in 4

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