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