Three to See, Day 4: Zverev vs. Fritz; Jo Konta at Wimbledon; Rafa

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Taylor Fritz will try to add to Alexander Zverev's misery at the majors. (Getty Images)

Before each day's play at Wimbledon, we'll preview and predict three must-see matches.


1. Rafael Nadal [2] vs. Mikhail Kukushkin

The last time the Spaniard and the Kazakh faced each other, four years ago, it was on Centre Court, the same court they’ll take together on Thursday. In 2014, Kukushkin did what everyone tries to do against Rafa on grass: He took the ball early, hit it flat, and attacked whenever possible. It was enough to win him the first set in a tiebreaker—and to get him a total of three games over the next three sets. If anything, Nadal is better than he was in 2014; Kukushkin, at 30, ranked 77th, is four years older. Winner: Nadal

WATCH—Daily Serve from Day 3 at Wimbledon:

2. Johanna Konta [22] vs. Dominika Cibulkova

Konta returns to Centre Court for the first since she lost to Venus Williams in the semifinals there last year. But she returns against an opponent who likes this tournament as much as she does. Cibulkova, who never met a ball she couldn’t pulverize, is a two-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. But while Konta hasn’t had a good season so far, she has beaten Domi the last two times they’ve played. Winner: Konta

3. Alexander Zverev [4] vs. Taylor Fritz

There was a time when, if you were discussing the future of men’s tennis, the 20-year-old American might have been mentioned in the same breath with the 21-year-old German. Fritz, after all, reached a tournament final and cracked the Top 60 at 18. But it has been all Zverev since then. While Fritz has largely languished at the Challenger level, Zverev has rocketed into the Top 5. Now these two long, lean young men—both at least 6'5"—will finally face off, and Fritz, who has made some progress this year under Paul Annacone’s tutelage, will get to see where he stands against the best of his generation. Winner: Zverev 


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