Wimbledon 2014: best matches to watch, Friday 27 June

Andy Murray plays for a place in the last 16, plus Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych all in action...

Andy Murray (GBR)[3] v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)[27] – 3rd on Centre Court


Andy Murray faces his first major test in the form of 26-year-old Bautista Agut. The Spaniard won his first grass court title in the Netherlands earlier this month and has proven he can take out top seeds, sending Juan Martin Del Potro packing at this year’s Australian Open. His flat game could prove dangerous for the British number one who brushed aside Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in 84 minutes on Wednesday, dropping just two games. Murray’s got plenty of knowledge of his third round opponent, practising with him earlier this year on clay, and is the overwhelming favourite to prevail in this clash. 

Venus Williams (USA)[30] v Petra Kvitova (CZE)[6] – 2nd on Centre Court

We’ve got Venus Williams’ low seeding to thank for this exciting third round clash between two former champions. Despite her 34 years of age, the five-time winner is a force to be reckoned with at The All England Club, still capable of locking horns with the top seeds despite suffering form the debilitating Sjogren’s syndrome for the past three years. 2011’s winner Kvitova may be anticipating bursts of power from the other side of the net but is the favourite today after demolishing her German opponent Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-0 in the second round. 

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v Gilles Simon (FRA) – 1st on Centre Court

Top seed Djokovic suffered his first major scare at the hands of Radek Stepanek out on Centre Court on Wednesday, eventually seeing off the unpredictable Czech in four thrilling sets. Next up is Frenchman Gilles Simon. The Serb leads their head-to-head 6-1, a stat that will bolster him as he walks out on Centre this afternoon, but this is the pair’s first meeting on grass. Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to prevail, probably in straight sets, but another lapse in concentration and Simon might take better advantage than Stepanek. 

Marin Cilic (CRO)[26] v  Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6] – 3rd on No.1 Court

Berdych has had a tricky run to the third round, taken to four sets by Victor Hanescu and then Bernard Tomic to book today’s match against Marin Cilic. The Croat has always proved dangerous on grass, winning the 2012 Queen’s Championships and defeating Berdych at the same event a year later. HIs Czech opponent will walk on court a strong favourite but a wrist niggle following a bad fall in round one could give Cilic the way in he needs to challenge for a place in the fourth round. 

Jerzy Janowicz (POL)[15] V Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – 2nd on No.2 Court


Forced off court yesterday evening by poor weather, this clash between the 6ft 8in Pole and his gutsy 5ft 11in opponent resumes out on No.2 Court this afternoon. Beaten in height and years, the 33-year-old Hewitt is 7-5, 4-4 down but shouldn’t be written off just yet. He may fail to overpower the big guns in today’s game but his refusal to give up on a single point has made him a fan favourite and a troublesome opponent. This one could still go down to the wire.