• Stakhovsky, Brown back in action at Wimbledon

    6/27/13 10:29 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Stakhovsky, Brown back in action at Wimbledon Fresh off the biggest wins of their careers, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Dustin Brown will continue their Wimbledon campaigns on Friday. They are set for respective meetings with Jurgen Melzer and Adrian Mannarino.

    Jurgen Melzer vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky

    Two days after a hard-to-believe scalp of Roger Federer, Stakhovsky will be back on the Wimbledon court for third-round action. The 116th-ranked Ukrainian had been just 8-10 at the ATP level this season, but he turned in a vintage grass-court performance just about out of nowhere to stun Federer 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5, 7-6(4) on a Wednesday that was shocking from start to finish. Stakhovsky preceded that triumph with a 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 blowout of clay-courter Rogerio Dutra Silva.

    Melzer still registers at a respectable 37th in the world thanks in part to a Challenger title in Dallas and a quarterfinal run in Miami, but for the most part his 2013 campaign has been mediocre at best. The 32-year-old Austrian is one win away from leveling his record at 17-17 following victories at the All-England Club over Fabio Fognini and Julian Reister (both in four sets). Stakhovsky faces a tough test in building on such a monumental win, but his confidence on this surface and a very beatable opponent should help him accomplish the feat.

    Adrian Mannarino vs. (Q) Dustin Brown

    Mannarino and Brown will also be squaring off for the first time in their careers at the ATP level on Friday. Unlike Melzer and Stakhovsky, however, these two have faced each other at the Futures and Challenger levels--on three occasions. Mannarino leads the head-to-head series 2-1 after winning their most recent encounter 7-6(3), 7-6(2) earlier this season to capture the Sarajevo title.

    Brown, though, has to be feeling good about contesting this matchup on grass for the first time. The 189th-ranked German is enjoying the week of his life, having qualified for the main draw before taking out Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Lleyton Hewitt. Mannarino has been the beneficiary of good fortune so far at the All-England Club. The 111th-ranked Frenchman dropped only seven total games in his first two matches, thrashing Pablo Andujar before getting a retirement from John Isner at 1-1 in the first set. Based on the surface and his sky-high confidence, Brown in four sets is the pick.

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